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Would rather be homeless - expect continued flat growth

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

Pros

Some good people work here. They can be very supportive, freely share expertise, information, and are excellent problem solvers.

Cons

Management is mostly clueless, and cronyism is rampant. It's more about personal relationships than actual ability. It's about the personal bottom line, and 98% of management cannot handle constructive criticism. This is killing company growth and profitability.

Too many people who take credit for, and are awarded for, the work of others.

Watch your back, who you share information with, and be aware and wary of those who view you as a threat to their desire for recognition and upward mobility.

Always have a powerful rabbi. Preferably in the Sr. VP range to provide protection from the Director level.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Grow up. Put your egos in check. Learn where the optimal value is coming from. Quit promoting based on who you personally likes (ie the guy who toots your horn), and promote based on the real measurable value an IC delivers.

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  1. I am having a great time at Cisco as a new hire. I am very lucky to have a wonderful mentor who sincerely cares about me

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    Current Intern - Management Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Management Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Gym close by.
    Flexible working space.
    Collaborative environment.
    Friendly managers & co-workers.

    Cons

    May be a bit difficult to move up. however that depends on your contribution mainly.
    Not as great pay as the top companies. But that is understandable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely get rid of a lot of employees who do not do much work.
    Cisco is too big, some employees do not really do any work and get paid.
    To save Cisco lots of labor cost, eliminate unnecessary labor is necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great company, great Technical Leaders

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cisco's TLs will floor you with their humility despite the wealth of knowledge and insight they carry. For a Grade 4-6, the learning can be phenomenal if tuned properly. John Chambers is an amazing CEO - such a great visionary. He has lead Cisco steadfast through difficult times and given focus/resources to the right areas to solve Customer problems.

    Cons

    Execution maybe ? Given the size of Cisco, it is hard to disagree that things move relatively slower at Cisco than at other smaller companies in the same domain. It can get annoying to a Cisco employee when "spin-ins" are funded despite the treasure trove of technical expertise and ability to execute within. Fixing this malaise could potentially work wonders!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think management needs encouragement. Just to add onto what I have observed - Personal growth is slow, but there is certainly a recognition for good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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