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6 people found this helpful  

Good place but becoming very corporate and now having to reinvent itself

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

Good benefits - lots of meaningful work, very high quality engineers.

Cons

Becoming too large and high overhead - brings some of the usual slowness and some bonehead policies. Rating system is really negative with forced placement of people into "bottom 5%" for example (the old discredited GE system).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start to empower people closer to the ground, focus more on teams and less on individuals, and get rid of the whole rating system.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place but past its prime time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good learning experience, foundations for future jobs.
    Meet some real talented engineers there.
    Good brand name to appear on your resume.

    Cons

    Senior managements don't know much.
    Too many acquisition does not work well, and it's been very hard to integrate into Cisco.
    Also too many dead wood there which drags the company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The data center server business was a disaster, lost customer and got beat up by competition.
    Some of the NUOVA leaders should take responsibility.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics over performance, career advancement non-existant, top-heavy management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Co-workers were always great. Management left much to be desired.
    Some new technology explored but that depended on which group you worked in.

    Cons

    Advancement based on politics and not on performance. 5-10% of workforce routinely let go based on annual forced ranking (you ended up higher in ranking if you were friendlier with decision makers -- individual performance didn't matter). Managers never subjected (fired) based on the 5-10% ranking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to severely trim middle and upper managers who fit one of the following: have no reports, were promoted based on Peter principle or who they knew, or are incompetent (based on poor team performance).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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