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Human Network?

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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

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.

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Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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