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Great Potential, Cumbersome Organization

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Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Support Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Support Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

Pros

Cisco is a fantastic company in terms of benefits - I've never worked for a company that offered more. Salaries and bonuses are good, but there's much more - all kinds of insurance and health-related programs that help both the employee and the community. Always something interesting going on. Always a chance to get involved and do new things, both inside and outside of work.

Cons

It is painfully hard to get things done. Every department and every project and every process seems to be in flux all the time. Too many hands in every pot. Processes are too cumbersome. Too many meetings, too much confusion. It's a big, big company, with all the usual big-company problems.

Note: this perspective is from a person who joined on as a result of her smaller, privately-held company getting acquired by Cisco.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Simplify. Think "efficiency." Make a smart plan and stick to it for a few days.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's what you make it

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Specific to the knoxville site: ample time-off, w/l balance, brilliant colleagues, training budgets, and research time are what you would expect from a truly great company. Being a part of a small group makes it feel homey and easy to settle into. Being a remote office, and also an integral part of the security effort, we are shielded from the greater movements within Cisco with respect to business reorganizations, workforce reductions, etc.

    It's a blank canvas, if you would like to achieve something special here, it is possible. Of course, if you would like to slowly wilt here, that is sadly also possible.

    On the corporate side of things, l feel that upper management did the right thing by calling a preemptive layoff in 2013. They saw the writing on the wall and didn't hesitate, although, they could have reorged better; cutting 4000 and then immediately hiring 500 for new disruptive businesses is an incredible waste of talent and acquisition dollars.

    We're a buzzword factory!

    Cons

    At a remote site, small-office politics reign.

    Career advancement is almost non-existent. There are no career paths/development plans to speak of. Cronyism runs rampant during the stagnant periods, which is to say, most of the time. Salaries are less than you would find on the east coast; not at all comparable to the left coast. Bonuses are necessary to make the compensation acceptable, but each year it's a crapshoot whether you will get them or not. Employees will advance faster by leaving the company and returning later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever you are doing to make employees feel appreciated and well-compensated, stop it and do the opposite, because you are doing it wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Program Manager, IT

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    Current Employee - Global Program Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Global Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technology solutions leadership. Excellent benefits. Customer success.

    Cons

    Maturing large enterprise, scale and adaptability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's always about the people, about relationships over issues (ROI). Lead from the top, manage from the middle. Customer is king.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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