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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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    A lot going on here at Cisco and a lot to navigate.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can easily learn something new everyday. There are so many jobs within the company, it is impossible to think that there isn't something for everyone.

    Cons

    You have to be proactive in finding what you want/need.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great ride.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined CSCO when it was a small company. It was nice to see it grow into a multimillion dollar company. I always worked at the cutting edge of technology.
    Other engineers are also pretty smart and one can learn from them.

    Cons

    The schedules are very accelarated and challeging. You keep very busy and don't have time for taking more classes. Also for women with small children, it can be very challenging to work for cisco and take care of home as well as children as one needs to spend lot of extra hours at work many times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is pretty good. It is very concious of saving money and keeping company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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