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Sinking Ship...

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems

Pros

It WAS a great company
Can "hideout" and go nowhere for long periods of time
Some amazing and intelligent people that are being suffocated by bureaucracy and inept management.

Cons

-Senior management is living in a fairly tale and simply collecting exorbitant paychecks despite financial difficulties.
-Perks abolished. No options. No soda or juice. $9 salad at cafeteria....really? No cellphone. All the while, senior management are getting more in raises and bonuses than the year before.
-Management is nontechnical and lacks basic reasoning skills and for the most part is fairly useless.
-Everybody is competing to perform the most mindless tasks first. (100% compliance for ridiculous initiatives like submitting nonsensical reports or taking surveys).
-Big company with big company processes. Councils, boards, review boards, lifecycles and management CYA make it impossible to do anything. In other words, if you want to get something done, hurry up and wait.
-Yearly changes in direction. Once a year, senior management (director level and above) get together somewhere for a cheerleading competition. Every year, Chambers has a different direction for the company. One year they are a security company. The next year they are a process company. The year after they are an innovation company and so on and so on. Management then corrals around this nonsense and pokes and prods their underlings to do perform stuff in mindless ways that have nothing to do with anything.

-Engineering talent undermined by inept management. A lot of people used to be engineers (included) until they realized it's a dead end career path and that being a program manager or project manager gets you more "visibility". Project and Program managers outnumber engineers 2 to 1 in certain business units.
-You're lucky to have a job kind of mentality.
-Many many many sheep in this flock.
-Open communication frowned upon. Frustration not allowed. Management does not look kindly on disagreement or being challenged.
-No work/life balance despite lack of promotions. Work 60 hours a week and it's expected.
-Low morale. This is like Office Space...just like it. Soul sucking.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

First off, resign. Then take all the incompetent middle managers you hired with you.

Shake up your ranks. Eliminate half of your managers, directors and VPs. Eliminate half of your project managers and program managers.

Relearn what it means to be an engineering company making HARDWARE. Pull back engineering from India and move it stateside.

Give stock options...even if they are small!!! There is no morale booster like having a vested interest in the company you work for.

Cisco is on it's way to becoming the Dell of the networking industry. Once at the top but bad decisions and bad management bringing it down.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Surround Yourself with Talent and Race to the FInish Line

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Fantastic talent that I work with every day; visionary leadership team that has been on the forefront of the industry for 2 decades; very nice compensation; great opportunity to advance, but you have to earn it!

    Cons

    Internal competition is tough becuase there is so much talent here. Some of the "old guard" need to move on but are locked in due to the high compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of opportunities if you work hard and are patient.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Edge of Technology
    Good work culture
    Smart people
    Potential to make this challenging if you want with the reward of recognition if you do well.

    Cons

    No commitment to contractors
    Low pay compared to market
    Value certifications over college degree
    Feedback on work performance could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify those employees who are working hard and hang onto them. Set the proper expectations for new employees. Give feedback to employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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