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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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. Very pleasant employment atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Currently no cons to speak of

  2. Fantastic

    Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible. Good for working Moms. Very professional work environment

    Cons

    Salary hikes are not great. Stock inches forward

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