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Cisco Systems Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "Company overview"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Freelancer - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many job varieties can be choose from.
    Benefit is very good.

    Cons

    Frequent layoff hurts morale.
    Long term company vision needs improve.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term vision.


  2. "Good company but not great"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still the leader in the industry. Lots of experienced people in the RS, networking, SDN etc. area.

    Good employee benefits, OK work & life balance.

    Salary is OK but not great.

    Cons

    Too many re-orgs. Depending on your team, but once per 6-month would not be abnormal.
    Your performance is evaluated heavily by your visibility, so the people just doing the talk and knows how to play the game of favoritism are considered having great "leadership" skills. Hard and honest work seldom get you promoted. Few people would speak out when decisions from higher management clearly not making sense, where are the backbones?

    Advice to Management

    Innovation can't just stay as a slogan, while the major source of that is from acquisition.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Consider very carefully"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a large company means you have good access to resources as long as your BU is profitable. Compensation is good under the same conditions.

    Cons

    Too much infighting, lack of leadership at upper levels to resolve conflicts, project and project managers are difficult to engage, continual drift of positions to international locations.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the environment where it feels teams are in conflict, hire and maintain strong leaders, don't chase every new trend and burn through cash buying startups you don't know how to integrate into the company, Get marketing and project managers to engage with all the teams. engineers can't develop what the market demands if they don't know what the market is demanding.


  4. "Good company to work for, esp. in RTP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture in RTP is really good. The people are nice to each other.

    Cons

    They have regular layoffs almost every year.


  5. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work on latest networking technology. Work load is more. Good learning experience.

    Cons

    Group politics are more. Managers have their own members to share the other persons credit.


  6. "Cisco"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work and lot of different opportunities...

    Cons

    Takes long time to get promotions


  7. "senior software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work to grow technically

    Cons

    hectic work for software developers

  8. "Cisco is a good company but unfortunately in a down turn"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice company culture, good working environment, interesting project to work on.

    Cons

    Management does not see clearly the market trend. Afraid of breaking through when it comes to the business decision.


  9. "Good company to learn the best of Networking world!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - lots of experienced employees with tons of networking knowledge
    - well maintained archive of technologies invented
    - good environment to learn if you are starting new

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "senior software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it is ok place to work nothing really special

    Cons

    too many frequent layoff became a burden and total distraction.

    Advice to Management

    quit being stupid.