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Sinking Ship...

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. You will be successful if you are smart and KNOW HOW TO PRESENT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - A huge company with many opportunities - Some of the smartest people in the world - Best way to join Cisco is through an acquisition - If you are smart, you can be successful even with average work. Depending on type of job, position, and business unit. - Promotions can take a very long time, unless you have a senior-manager or VP godfather, or you accomplish an outstanding and disruptive project and get noticed by executive management. - Job security

    Cons

    First of all let me say that there is a huge variety of very different experiences in different BU, and across different job functions, so my review might not represent an entire organization. Also, many of the 'negative' aspects are found in probably any organisation of this size. - A very political organization where you can find people care more about their position than their job duties. - Senior accountability often not seen. The company is aware and is trying to change that. - Can be very aggressive as you move up in management positions with many A-type aggressive managers. Can lead to conflicts of interests and internal competition. - Stanford MBA management style, however not really as open as it might appear on the surface and criticism is not accepted well. - You could find yourself 'lost', unappreciated, and unsupported if you have a bad manager (who could otherwise be brilliant and a nice person). I have seen it happen several times. - It will take you much longer to move ahead and progress your career if you are working in an office remote from the main office where your BU management sits. Even with growing use of conferencing and TelePresence. Especially if there is a major time zone difference.

    Advice to Management

    - Find ways to be more agile in processes and reviewing and adopting change. Slow to react and change means many employees become average and do not see the point of trying to excel. - Increase effectiveness of internal communications. - The Intranet resource pool is massive but distributed systems and having many BUs working in silos mean synergy is not maximized and teams need to spend a lot of time finding the rigth people, teams, or technical information when they need it. Often missing important resources and adding to the feeling of a small screw in the big machine. - Increase accountability of managing directors and above.


  2. normal ones, but not good for career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management team is very supportive. Compensation package is good. Documentation is well established. Cozy environment to work. Rich training resources.

    Cons

    Technical is mature, no cutting-edge technical learned in daily work..such it is hard to find a new career outside Cisco. Cisco is adopting new strategy which is hiring more new graduates to replace mid-level engineers

    Advice to Management

    Technical is mature, no cutting-edge technical learned in daily work..such it is hard to find a new career outside Cisco. Cisco is adopting new strategy which is hiring more new graduates to replace mid-level engineers


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