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Company in transition ..... Losing it's talent

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Former Employee - Sales
Former Employee - Sales

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

Pros

Was once a market leader with great innovation pipeline and wonderful , competitive and team oriented culture.

Cons

Missed the transition to Cloud and is desperately trying to shift it's application suite to Cloud. Cisco was unwilling to compete with itself or it's overbuilt channel and b/c of that it will need to make some significant headcount reductions and transitions. For all of the resellers out there this will mean Cisco will compete with it's channel in the long run. It has to in order to delver cloud capabilities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have built a passive aggressive culture... Listen to your employees, change the culture and reinvigorate your potential. Look for strong leaders who are less focused on self promotion and more focused on recruiting, developing and retaining talent.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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    This company has potential but is just not getting it right

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    flexibility to work from home, good work/life balance

    Cons

    they keep cutting in the wrong places, no room for growth, constant layoff's and restructuring. getting ahead is all about who you know NOT what you actually contribute. they "grade" you on a bell curve and good/strong performers are pushed into the bottom b/c "someone has to be in the bottom".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut middle management, pay your executives less and put that money back into the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. RIFs are always on the horizon

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

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

    Pros

    good company, good reputation, good market-share, good products, good employees (mostly)

    Cons

    no training
    no bonus (FY2014) even though they made $$
    Lots of "busy" work
    If you want to work 5 jobs instead of just 1, then Cisco is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might want to consider how you can retain your good employees.
    "Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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