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Lots of ups and downs - very political organization

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Former Employee - Senior Director, Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Director, Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great sales force, great technology, high visibility within the industry and ability to drive technology and innovation. Lots of customers. If you build a good product, they sell it!.

Cons

Lots of politics. To move up the ladder, need to manage up vs manage down. Passive aggressive culture. Senior management spends lot more time managing up, unaware of the business. Throws money around indiscriminately looking for success. Senior management unaware of what is going on. John Chambers is not connected with reality on the ground. Keeps talking about how great everything is and there are layoffs across the board.

Advice to Management

Be real, be honest with yourself and with people and teams. Reduce politics and focus on execution. Send SVPs to go back to closer to their teams vs building 10 closer to John Chambers. Create career opptys for everyone, not just for people who suck up to you.

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  1. Over all very good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of products, health benefits,

    Cons

    Hurdles in getting ideas to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Too much process over head can be improved.


  2. Software engineer IV

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family style Culture. Moving towards Agile.

    Cons

    Less full-stack chances, could potentially lock your whole career in a not-so marketable skills.


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