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Helpful (7)

Don't go there. Better opportunities in smaller networking companies

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Very safe, secure, and comfortable job. Great place to hide and do nothing (while pretending to be doing something), like two third of the people there.

Cons

Very limited growth opportunities, lousy salaries.

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  1. Helpful (10)

    Good, stable employment, but nothing exciting

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're raising a family, and are looking for a stable employer with decent pay, good benefits and flexible working arrangements (in at least some parts of the company), Cisco is a good place to work. While there is a lot of big-company bureaucracy, much of it can be safely ignored by engineers.

    Cons

    Cisco is very slow to adopt new technology, and its development strategy, when there is one, is plodding at best. Product direction is more political than strategic, and much of the development effort is to play catch-up with what is already on the market. In many cases, internal wrangling prevents us from delivering the best product, even if we've already developed it. If you're looking to blaze new technology trails, Cisco has limited opportunities. You're better off working for a startup and angling to be bought by Cisco.

    Advice to Management

    Cisco's senior leadership often has very good strategic ideas, but it fails in driving those through the political quagmire of middle management. More than once I've seen senior management and individual contributors on the same page, ready to drive forward in an exciting direction, only to be derailed by mid-level directors with turf to protect. This is often due to what Cisco rewards. A team can develop a terrible product that no one wants, late and over budget, and still declare success (and receive large bonuses) as long as it can spin the right story about how hard everyone worked. So we create an organization of arsonist firefighters. When a team goes completely off track, we pull people off of other projects and give them to the manager who caused the problem in the first place. At Cisco, you get an empire by mismanaging what you have, over-committing to ensure a crisis, and carefully managing the blame.


  2. Business Development

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco really focuses on execution, and a can do attitude

    Cons

    The workload is very heavy


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