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  1. "Excellent experience and opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer III & Lead Editor (Contractor) in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer III & Lead Editor (Contractor) in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Virtually infinite resources, excellent people, strong management, cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    Difficult converting to permanent employment due to nature of global business and industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent diligence, personal attention, and loyal representation


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Adecco ­ Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Adecco ­ Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love all the available tools, and being able to work from home

    Cons

    WebEx and TelePresence tool has major issues

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of WebEx & TelePresence

  3. "Terrific Staff and Work Conditions"

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    Former Contractor - Hardware Engineer Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Hardware Engineer Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All equipment provided when necessary, clean work environments, friendly coworkers and management, basic perks.

    Cons

    No benefits given for contractors.


  4. "Committed to Diversity"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the diversity of employees hired as contractors. Working conditions include flexible hours and lots of challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    If one is looking for permanent employment, contracting is not a stepping stone to that. Contractors do not get benefits so it can be uncomfortable to work very hard for permanent staff who have paid vacations; many contractors because they are not paid for holidays or mandatory vacation days make a lot less than their stated annual "salaries".

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the diversity of employees, both permanent and temporary. Treat the janitorial folks well and don't neglect cleaning facilities frequently enough just to save some money.


  5. "Like many companies -- diseased in its own ways ..."

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    Former Employee - Contractor/SME -- WW Sales Support in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor/SME -- WW Sales Support in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Generally friendly and employees do not seem to have a cutthroat attitude. People do go out of their way to help you

    Cons

    In terms of documentation or training or expertise, nobody knows what anybody else is doing. There may be three or four groups trying to accomplish nearly the same goals in providing training labs or POC environments, and none of the groups even know that any other exists.
    TOI and documentation are miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Documentation is so bad, I truly believe it is an intentional strategy to sell classes and certifications. Inexcusable bad documentation and TOI


  6. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large, stable company. Nice campus and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Outdated development pipeline and tools. Not much room for growth. Mostly contractors and not W-2 Cisco employees.


  7. "Great Company to learn cutting edge technologies"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company to learn cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Constant threat of headcount cutbacks

  8. Helpful (5)

    "CISCO warning. might cancel contract unexpectedly."

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    Former Contractor - Contractor Senior Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor Senior Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    no pros. half-empty office. but we had one meeting room. If there were meetings we moving to another meeting room or sitting at the hallway till the end of the meeting

    Cons

    - low rates. I was impressed by name and agreed to $15 lower then market rate to participate in R&D team. It was terrible. I passed 4 rounds of interview and did 1700 miles to move.
    - there was a team consisted mostly of interns! Holly crap it was nothing about R&D they have urgent delivery of a project done mostly by interns! Here was already one consulter babysitting kids and I have to do the same.
    - in 4 days they terminated contract, right before Christmas holidays.
    - Be aware of scams. The CISCO brand name is nothing for ones worked for them.


  9. "Awesome people, awesome business"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great fellow-workers, cool projects to work on. Great pace to keep you busy and plenty to work on. Fast-passed industry, setting the trend within the industry and across all businesses. They play to win.

    Cons

    Sometimes getting the work-life balance can be a challenge. But over the long-run, it works out. Sometimes too much emphasis and doing virtual work. Always great to meet co-workers face-to-face.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your number one asset is your people.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Strong, stable employer; nothing flashy but very solid."

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    Former Employee - Software Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable employer. I contracted here during the financial crisis, and I was allowed to stay for the entire duration of my 6 month contract. If you want to advance here, you do need to work your butt off and understand big corporation politics, but this organization is large enough that opportunities exist in enough places.

    Cons

    Really hard to stand out. Hope you get a good tech lead and/or manager for this in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Executive team might consider trimming the bulk at the middle management level, though true for many a large corporation.