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good company to work for, for a long time..

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

gain good experience, good for personal growth...

Cons

ethign was good, no cons

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    politics aside, an amazing experience for a first job

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

    Pros

    I was a contract software test engineer in the TelePresence business unit for a little over a year. I had just finished school, but the fact that my transition to the "real world" was incredibly smooth meant Cisco was a good choice.

    One of the best things about being at Cisco is that our team was like a big family; everyone was generally very friendly and helpful. We had frequent group lunches, and our manager even gave gift cards for fancy restaurants to people that worked especially hard. I got most of my tasks from our technical leader, and she was always there to support me even though I wasn't one of her direct reports. Our team consisted of three separate groups when I first joined, but I had the opportunity to work with each of them.

    Another nice thing about Cisco is that it doesn't treat contractors like second-class citizens. With the exception of a few internal conferences, contract employees were free to attend most corporate events. This is definitely something that other companies should consider.

    The Cisco campus is huge, and getting around can be a little tough. On the other hand, each building has its own cafeteria, so employees who are in a hurry only have to go downstairs instead of all the way to McCarthy Ranch to get a bite.

    Pros in a nutshell:
    + Close-knit team
    + Contractors aren't treated like the lower class
    + Convenient dining

    Cons

    Of course, no company is perfect. I think the biggest downside of Cisco (or at least the team I was on) is that people are expected to work late hours. Our manager never told us to stay until a certain time, but most of my colleagues didn't go home until 7:00 p.m. or later, and I didn't want to be "that one guy" that always left at 5:00 p.m.

    The higher-ups at Cisco tend to enjoy politics, and reorganizations are fairly common as a result. There have been at least two major organizational changes during my time on the TelePresence team. It is also hard for engineers to move up, and people constantly left the team because of this. By the time my one-year contract had ended, I was the only remaining member out of the people that were in my group when I first joined.

    The salary wasn't something to write home about, but this was understandable as my position was an entry-level one, and part of the cut had to go to the staffing company.

    Despite the downsides, I had an overall great time being on the TelePresence team. Of course, Cisco is a huge corporation, and every group is going to be different. As the saying goes: your mileage may vary.

    Cons in a nutshell:
    - Long work hours
    - Politics
    - High turnover rate, little opportunity for growth
    - Salary isn't too competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put greater focus on employees' talents. More team-building and social events (such as dance parties and family picnics) would also be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Outstanding teams

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

    Pros

    I worked over the years with a number of teams in different areas. Most everyone was professional, dedicated and believed in collaborative teamwork. The biggest benefit was the option to work at home which is great for those who have younger children. Also, I didn't experience any micro managing and people were treated with respect no matter their level (full time or contractor).

    Cons

    Since the company is global, there were periods of long working hours and meetings were all over the place (they could start as early as 6:00am and or as late as 11:00pm). There is not much room for advancement or raises. Although they want to see personal growth and collaboration, they do not provide travel or education allowance. I gave it four stars because the pros outweighed the cons for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work as collaboratively as their teams do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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