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7 people found this helpful  

depends on the manager

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

name, large company looks positive on the resume, ok benifits

Cons

depends on the manager, some people are not suppose to be in management

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    A good place to collect a steady paycheck and count the days until retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    -Job security (won't get fired/laid off unless you are a complete idiot...and even then, probably not)
    -Work life balance (4 weeks paid PTO...easy to take time off, reasonable work hours)
    -Convenient amenities for SJ employees (health center, gym, daycare, etc)
    -Decent benefits package (although healthcare costs rise every year)

    Cons

    -Stagnant pay (won't get a pay increase without a promo, promos are nearly impossible to come by)
    -Politics - It isn't what you do, its who you know and how well you can brown nose/take credit for others' work to get ahead
    -Consensus based culture - Too many cooks in the kitchen...everyone needs to "buy off" on initiatives; creates tremendous bottlenecks to the point of not getting anything accomplished
    -Turf wars amongst management - Makes it even more difficult to get ahead and get stuff accomplished
    -Unqualified leaders - In the mid-late 90s, when Cisco was growing rapidly, they needed to hire bodies; many were unqualified and lacked even a college degree; now these losers are in leadership positions and have power trips; will backstab to stay ahead, since they know they can't on their abilities alone
    -No training/development budget - Continuous learning is difficult when there's no budget at all for training/certifications and conferences/travel
    -Generally, old stodgy work environment - Not much camaraderie when many folks are over 50, don't want to work hard and are just collecting their paychecks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Fire all of the dead wood that has collected over the years
    -Reinstate annual raises for solid performers (much less expensive than having to hire/train new workers when the existing workers get fed up and leave)
    -Put back the command and control culture into place - The recent earnings call should tell you that our operational efficiencies are severly lacking; tough measures need to be taken to right the ship
    -Get rid of the forced distribution for ePMs; many top performers get an E, but in that case, others interpret you as "average", therefore not worthy of promo or even a small raise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good company for retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours. Work from home all the time. Some groups almost no works and no one really knows.

    Cons

    No promotions. very little raises. Bad management team who only cares themselves. Too much power point or spread sheets. No one is doing real work. Only talks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about your employees. Give more move up opportunities. Get rid of so many useless meetings. Too much politics internally.

    No opinion of CEO
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