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Cisco is still a great place to work

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Operations Director in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Operations Director in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

the people are innovative, creative, energetic, compassionate. The culture promotes giving back in many forms. The breadth of product makes many future possibilities exciting. Senior management are good human being. They are intelligent, experienced and compassionate. The culture is so open that I have never even heard of employee being turned away when they requested to meet with anyone in the company. The energy in the place is incredible. You want to work hard and be creative because of the people and opportunity around you. Having to write one hundred words for this thing is ridiculous. I almost stopped writing a while back

Cons

compensation package. Lack of HR processes, systems and people. HR has not been adequately staffed since 2001. Managers have little training or support to become good people managers. International assignments are very few and far between but not having done an international assignment can be a barrier to success. When employees do go on international assignment, their pay and taxes are general screwed up for years. When it is time for them to return to their home country they are on their own to find a job and generally viewed as if they are returning from a long vacation. Chambers is a focal point with no succession plan.

Advice to Management

rip the bandaid off. Change the stock Option grant policies and if people leave they leave. The little by little approach is so disheartening. Stop playing economist to wall street. We are an internet company not the Fed!

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  1. Cisco is a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Effective management. Excellent coworkers. Excellent compensation and benefits. Excellent work/life balance. Minimal paperwork and red-tape, most all processes are handled over the corporate intranet.

    Cons

    The stock price has been declining recently.

    Advice to Management

    Let's get the stock price moving in the right direction again.


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    Cisco, nice good place to coast, bad place to innovate or raise the bar.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - For someone interested in networking, security, and unified communications, Cisco is one of the better large companies to apply your skills
    - If you have the right position in the right BU/organization, you obviously can make a large impact, given Cisco's success in the marketplace
    - Overall, Cisco seems to have generally nice people
    - Certain items such as its core values (ethics, frugality) are pushed downward quite effectively
    - Cisco shines in sales and channels

    Cons

    - Cisco has a long way to go in terms of effective product delivery (including product management and engineering). Too often, it must acquire in order to enter new markets.
    - Product cycles are too long (1-2 yrs on average from concept to FCS)
    - Brain-drain (outward)
    - Too bureaucratic in terms of career growth, ownership of efforts, accountability
    - When one can get higher compensation, more responsibility/authority/accountability, better title at other technology companies, one has to wonder what true advantage there is to stay at Cisco
    - Too many "lifers" coasting

    Advice to Management

    Look at optimizing product groups with clearer decision-making and better integration of product management and engineering. At the end of the day, product groups (incl marketing and engineering) are still 20-70 people, very manageable units. You don't have to concede product development to competitors. Too much compromise and satisfaction with status quo. Focus on software models, people, processes.


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