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Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, IL
Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, IL

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

Pros

1. Lots of opportunities to learn
2. Good benefits
3. Flexible working options
4. Good sales team

Cons

1. Too bureaucratic
2. Need to change faster

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Middle management sucks most of the time.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Cisco follows through, yet it supports its employees and lets contractors go when a contract is done

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good resources, opportunities to transfer.

    Cons

    Hard to become an employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Using a large contractor force is a drawback in the long-run. People work best when their organization invests in them and supports them in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Positive experience overall, but company has no clear vision of where it's headed.

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    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer

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

    Pros

    Overall benefits package is decent; telecommuting is great; SME's abound.

    Cons

    "Family culture" where folks take care of each other is almost non-existent these days. Too many managers moving around every year, making it hard for others to actually benchmark their career success. Constant ranking/rating employees hurts moral when folks are already burned out and doing their best. HR doesn't support employees any longer and is hyper-focused on protecting the company. Managers can't give a clear path of how to achieve promotions or move within the company. Easy to burn out if you don't know how to actually balance work-life. Rewards are pretty pathetic now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many folks trying to "reinvent the wheel" every year. It's a tremendous waste of resources and capital, when existing tools, process, and procedure work just fine. Customers (and employees) can't easily follow what solutions it is Cisco "delivers" because it's changing so rapidly to adapt to new opportunities. Customer relationships are so brief, that true trust and respect really can't get earned.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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