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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

Pros

Flexible hours
Lots of smart people to work with until it comes to management.
Decent benefits.
Teleworker options available for many.

Cons

-Too political and bureaucratic.
-Too many chiefs. Too many managers, project managers, program managers.
-Engineering staff looked upon as "resources" to be shuffled around rather than prize possession.
-Too much corporate double talk and jargon.

Advice to Management

More emphasis on engineering.
Fire yourselves because you are doing a horrible job and running this company into the ground.

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  1. It's OK to work in Lawrenceville campuse. San Jose & RTP campus are much better than Lawrenceville campus.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like the training to improve professional skill.
    Like the opportunities and open communication on San Jose, RTP campus. Not Lawrenceville campus.
    Mentor system is good.

    Cons

    Very slow to increase salaries.
    Very slow to get promoted.
    Communication is not that open on Lawrenceville campus compared with San Jose, RTP campus.

    Advice to Management

    Need find a better way or system to increase salaries and for us to get promoted. Otherwise, it's easy for employees to look for opportunities in other companies to get higher payment and get promoted while they are experienced.

  2. Super smart people, but join this company at the level you plan to remain in for a while- slow promotions

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Usability Design Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Usability Design Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty flexible about working from home (they own Webex)
    People are smart and overall employees are fun to work with
    Meetings are kept to a tolerable minimum

    Cons

    Slow to promote or increase salary so you are forced to leave the company if you really want an increases in money and responsibilities.
    Like most large corporations, they do not have a mechanism that employees trust to provide feedback about Sr. Managers that will be taken seriously.

    Advice to Management

    The recent Cisco Mail mess could have been avoided had senior management taken the time to have one-on-ones with the staff who could have let them know exactly what was wrong and how to fix it. There needs to be a better mechanism/process for senior managers to do discovery on projects/departments that are in trouble. In addition, there needs to be checks and balances so that the "problem" manager is not the one conducting the one-on-ones.

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