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Cisco is mired in it's past and unfortunately this onetime leader had fallen behind and can't get up.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

If you like sustaining work rebranded as development work and red tape then this this is the company for you.

Cons

A large percentage of all Cisco jobs will be non US jobs in a few years if the current trend continues.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please do away with grades 11 and 12 this job function has become completely useless and is holding Cisco in the past.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Work here - if you want to learn to become a back stabbing Politician and not do any Engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck does not bounce.
    Great Work - Life Balance

    Cons

    - Pay is Low Compared to Other Companies
    - Zero Chance of Career Growth unless you Kiss a Lot of $$$es of Managers and Tech Leads
    - Benefits are Getting Reduced Day by Day
    - Technical Leaders (Engineering) - do not do any work - They act as Pseudo Managers and keep scrubbing bugs - Most Tech Leads don't write a single line of Code. All they do is sit in meetings and talk loud as if they are doing something.
    - Managers cannot be trusted - Software Engineers II to IV will get the Work Done - but they give credit to the Technical Lead and give them CAP awards
    - You will not a get a Job in Any Younger Startups if you stay here - You will not learn any real coding skills or real engineering - 50% of your time will be giving updates to Tech Leads and managers and editing bug scrub notes, rest 50% of your time you will spend in unnecessary meetings.
    - Your training will not be Approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get rid of the Tech Leads and Many redundant Managers
    - Improve your Employee Morale
    - Don't keep making false promises
    - Stop Lying to Employees that you value them - You only value your Managers and Tech Leads. Rest everyone is expendable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on the team/product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's easy to take time out for family and personal stuff. Some teams work on cutting edge stuff and are very good for learning but there are also a lot of other teams which work on sustaining old products and don't have a lot of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation and other perks are not that great and it's hard to get a promotion. Lots of bureaucracy to contend with. The constant lay-offs and changes in direction can also make it difficult for you to focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the bureaucracy. Reduce management overhead and invest in new technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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