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Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Lot's of flexibility in schedule which is good

    Cons

    Too much politics. Lack of growth

    Advice to Management

    talk to the mid and junior level management frequently


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Contractors treated poorly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Cisco's campus is gorgeous with lots of amenities. The work is challenging but colleagues are more than willing to help. The employee population, though, is becoming younger and younger and you can tell by the decrease in productivity because strong managers, mature in the corporate world, are leaving. People are really happy working there - until they get laid off.

    Cons

    Cisco has had, to my knowledge, at least seven reductions in force (layoffs) of 5% or more in the past 12 months. This has caused a sharp decrease in employee morale and many are looking hard for other jobs fearing their jobs/department will be next. The layoffs has put a burden on those remaining so customer support is suffering. The spate of acquisitions made by CEO in 2016 seems to have hurt the company. Budget cuts across the board have been demanded, leaving many departments so short-handed they can't produce. HR takes an extremely long time to respond to applicants; some of the jobs have been on the careers site for over a year.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on your core customer base; understand that, for every employee that leaves, the business loses 1.5X their salary. For Cisco, with an employee population of 70,000, average salary of $100K and a conservative attrition rate of 3% per year, that's a loss of $315,000,000 per year.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor middle management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology and smart people.

    Cons

    Middle management is very disconnected from the filed sales teams.


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  5. "Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries, work/life balance, people seem to actually care about one another

    Cons

    leadership NOT transparent, no movement for those making progress, no plan for performance - just restructuring, doesn't understand how to reward those who are leading and changing.

    Advice to Management

    cost cutting and restructuring is not a strategy


  6. "Solution Integration Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Integration Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Solution Integration Architect in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, Directions change frequently, Middle management does not use industry framework and tools to best manage the employees and the processes.

    Advice to Management

    Management to use industry framework and tools to best manage the employees and the processes.


  7. "SDE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some great minds

    Cons

    No perks.
     Less compensation.
    Delayed promotions


  8. "NCE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and lots of training for employees seeking to expand their skillset.

    Cons

    No job security, tons of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Value your current employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Chuck must not be aware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Driver of technology. Some smart people. Great technology education. Some excellent architectures and products.

    Cons

    Poor management who is afraid to work together with input from individual contributors. specialist positions are used to hide out. A very substantial amount of mediocrity is tolerated among these people. HR is terrible. Internal website is a mess and the most Senior management seems to be oblivious. Software quality is suffering greatly due to
    offshoring development to India. Ambiguous futures for key products. Directors and above struggle to be relevent and miss the mark because they're too busy trying to say the right things instead of doing the right thinks that would help enable the workforce. Very dysfunctional. Time bomb problems. Wake up Chuck! Fix the culture.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't fix it, this train will go off the tracks.


  10. "Senior UX Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great professional growth opportunities

    Cons

    Minimal holidays, mandatory shutdown days w/o pay


  11. "Overall good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Big company lot of to learn

    Cons

    Kind of old style, both management and work.



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