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Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good salary; very, very stable company. Rarely needed to go work over the weekend. Overall very 'comfortable'.

Cons

Zero social life; not too 'Human' for a "Human Network".

I didn't agree on some of the liberal stands of the CEO.

It's almost impossible to grow in it.

I never really enjoyed my work there.

Advice to Management

Ask people how they feel, anonymously.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a ton of smart and good people at Cisco. They also have a pretty decent culture. Given that the company is so massive, there are lots of opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    I think their cultural value of frugality has outlived its usefulness. Sometimes you need to spend a little money and take risks if you want to continue to innovate. The company seems to struggle with entering new product spaces beyond their core business.

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    Good Company

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    Current Employee - IT Service Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Service Lead in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is better than most large corporation - focuses on employee benefits, their customers and the market
    Mostly great and intelligent people
    Work location flexibility (very supportive of telecommuting and working from wherever you want)
    Great work/life balance
    Experienced leaders
    Competitive salary but not in the top 10% for silicon valley

    Cons

    Huge company and sometimes difficult even as a top performer to break the glass for promotions or recognition
    Excessive management layers
    Contractor to employee ratio extremely high (some organizations 70/30 - contractor to employee)
    Seems face paced...but moves slowly at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Need to revisit compensation packages for key talent retention
    Less talk and more action

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