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Once-great company

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Former Contractor - Sales in Atlanta, GA
Former Contractor - Sales in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than 5 years)

Pros

Lots of smart people, ever-changing technology at the core and edge level of networking, decent benefits (used to be better)

Cons

Layoffs are constant, and no one is safe. Cisco has gone from a once-cool Silicon Valley tech startup to a Big Company that is scrambling to stay relevant by buying up other startups (and then killing them).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Making changes to improve the stock price is one of the biggest mistakes any CEO can make--classic MBA case studies.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    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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    if you want to work with a diverse group of people, this is probably your top 10 companies

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of parking, chance to work with other smart people. Abilities to travel is good too. Flexible working hours and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Not a hot company anymore. Chance of being put in boring projects or being move to other org is a highly probable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people and don't let them become bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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