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Helpful (7)

Not the old Cisco

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Working with a wide variety of technologies and vertical markets (keeps it interesting and provides opportunity to mitigate economic cycles). Great name and brand to be associated with. The majority of individual contributor employees are team players and want to help you make the company successful.

Cons

Internal processes are suffocating. Funding cuts and headcount freezes, and layoffs w/o back-fill are stifling progress. Promotions appear to go to leaders who manage-up, play manipulative politics and shamelessly self-promote at the expense of their teams. There is little reward/recognition for building strong teams and developing your people. Meeting people who bought the stock at $80, $50, or $30.

Advice to Management

Purging the badly conceived boards and councils is a good step, but unfortunately much of the damage has been done to unravel the culture of innovation and empowerment. Micro-management IBM-style financial controls are causing much of the customer and employee pain - give more decision power to those closes to the customer. Cisco-on-Cisco IT used to be a great source of pride and a great reference and proof point for our customers; dysfunctional assimilation of Tandberg is a prime example. HR systems are overly complicated and don't contribute to employee satisfaction.

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  1. Helpful (6)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (8)

    Cisco has out sourced it's culture and now we're out sourcing our common sense and good judgement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Large company, still recognized as good branding on your resume. Work life balance is ok. Pay is ok, but not competitive with other industry leaders. There are good people still left in the company to mentor you, but they are quickly leaving.

    Cons

    Cisco is in a constant Limited Restructure (Lay off) mode. When a group fails at a project the leadership moves to another group and the engineers are laid off. Way to many VPs Directors and managers. There are managers with only one or two people under them. Same with Directors and VPs. Cisco has lost its focus and the Senior Leadership team is driving the ship into the icebergs. Pay raises and promotions are only available to the managers and above. Cisco considers it an insult to give a 2% pay raise to cover cost of living, so they may give you 5% every 5 or 6 years. Recent Cisco motto is Be thankful you have a job!

    Advice to Management

    The market says it well, Cisco is dead in the waters. We are the laughing stock of San Jose as well as Wall Street. Fire the board members and change the whole Senior Leadership. ANd maybe the stock will go up and we can regain our self respect finally. Stop out sourcing jobs to boost your stock options and pay.


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