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Terrible treatment for Consultants!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems

Pros

Chance to work on some good technology, great minds, and cool lab infrastructure.

Cons

Cast-off treatment to Consultants. Over-worked, Underpaid, Less informed, lack of communications. Not invited to meetings, treated as donkeys! Shove out when not needed. Extremely fickle minded budgeting. Dosen't keep up promises or contract durations. Don't feel part of a team!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat contractors fairly. They too have a right to be treated fairly given that many of us do sincere work.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work back in the day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop market leading products.
    Lots of smart peers.
    Good benefits package.
    "Blue chip" company.
    Develop proficiency in Cisco product line.

    Cons

    Long hard hours.
    Can be frustrating to try and improve things.
    Too much politics.

    I've been reading the other reviews here. There seems to be two major complaints that stand out. One is lack of upward mobility or promotions, the other is the enlarged know-nothing middle management and lots of turf wars. These seem to be contradictory. Those that want better promotions... to where? So they can also be "useless" middle managers? Technology companies need people that can actually build stuff. You can't be promoting everybody to management, there is not enough to manage. If you do, then you have the other complaint "too many managers". What is Senior management to do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a cue from IBM, get rid of the fat around the middle. Re-invent yourself as a technology innovator. Discourage nepotism. Focus on quality again.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 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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