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Current Employee - Development Manager in Richfield, OH
Current Employee - Development Manager in Richfield, OH

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

- Paysacle.
- Duties.
- Flextime.
- Able to telecommute when the job calls for it.
- Culture.
- Review process.

Cons

- Employee ranking system.
- Review process.
- The engineering process too restricting at times.
- The too many layoffs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- None. I think Cisco management does a good job of executing the plans, I am not sure the employee ranking systems is a positive.

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    Cisco is a Big Company - Thats Good and Bad.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Cisco has fairly good employee benefits (health and financial). The company covers an incredible breadth of technologies, from core networking to fringe peripherals, such as the flip camera, allowing people to switch to new technologies without leaving the company.

    How enjoyable your work is frequently depends on your first few lines of management (up to the director level), fortunately switching to a different group is easy enough (HR can light fires if needed).

    Cons

    There is a generally accepted notion among management that things only get done if there is at least one manager constantly "driving" an issue. What winds up happening instead is you have multiple managers that are not communicating with eachother and are contributing very little to the actual work being done, yet are given credit for the work that gets done.

    There are definitely areas of the company that are better to work in than others, where the above con is not a problem, but it's hit-or-miss.

    Poor communication between managers can mean that you're given conflicting priorities or asked for status updates repeatedly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the end of the day, your engineers are what make you money. Treat them like people, rather than things to be squeezed dry. You constantly talk about work-life balance, but never practice what you preach, setting schedules that cannot be met with the resources you invest.

    As an engineer, I feel like management should exist to offer very high-level project guidance and to strive to enable engineers to focus on their jobs. Project details and fine-grained schedules should be left up to the technical people. This seems to be the intent of the parallel tech/management tree, but somehow the ball was fumbled somewhere along the way and we now have managers providing oversight of technical issues at very low levels and directing engineers in technical decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    good company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    good compensation, flexible working time

    Cons

    bureaucracy, slow pace, no career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    advice, advice, advice

    Approves of CEO
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