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"Best in the world..."

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Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

I love Cisco. My role in sales is very fast paced and rewarding, both personally and financially. The Cisco family is unstoppable when it wants to be. Senior leaders are energized about the company and communicate our vision and strategy with clarity.

Cons

Cisco is a large company with a complex set of corporate initiatives and solutions. You will need your thinking cap to be successful.

Advice to Management

Prune the dead wood. Cisco has many employees at the 1st and 2nd level of management that don't lead and won't make hard decisions.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Mostly Positive Work Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on great technology. In addition, the executive management is the best I've seen in working for various companies in Silicon Valley. Flexible work hours (though you need to work extremely hard). Varied set of products, so if you get bored doing something, you can move to something completely different without changing jobs.

    Cons

    Pay is not great: especially if you've been around for some time. Newcomers get paid market rates, while old-timers struggle to get raises.
    Raises are hard to come by, and are highly dependent on your manager and group.

    Middle management sucks. The executives are excellent, and their strategic vision has kept Cisco going, however, there's an enormous amount of deadwood, that needs cleaning. Too many directors sit around doing nothing and don;t get fired, in some ways its like getting tenure at Cisco to become a director.
    A lot of engineering will probably end up being moved to India, so watch out.
    Has gotten fairly bureaucratic, so getting things done is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Clean the deadwood!
    Compensate people fairly, especially, who've been around Cisco for some time, and who do the heavy lifting.
    Ease up on bureaucratic nonsense, encourage nimbleness.


  2. "Cisco - A great place to work, room for improvement provides opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco encourages networking in every sense of the word. You are encouraged to collaborate and seek visibility, many employees can even work from home or in a remote office. Managers are generally open minded and encourage asking tough questions and challenging the status quo. Management from the top down are adamant that all groups down the ladder develop and execute a VSE (vision, strategy, execution), this really helps provide focus.
    Cisco offers competitive compensation and bonus based on company performance and employee level. Small bonuses (and letter) are given for employees who perform a duty out of their ordinary duties, this can be motivating for many people. Furthermore, there is a sense that achievement and hard work is rewarded.
    Extra perks include free drinks, free gym, using Cisco technology, and access to Cisco facilities globally. Working from home is not uncommon and Cisco is known as a top place to work for mothers.
    Finally, there are many smart and friendly people at Cisco. It is extremely easy to network with people who share similar interests as you (sports, ethnicity, etc).

    Cons

    Cisco is no longer a growth company and is focused on sustaining measured growth, therefore it has become a bureaucracy where new ideas and changes must navigate through red tape. Cisco's size has created inefficiencies in certain practices which make it difficult to determine who is responsible for what, and what the proper processes are.
    The Cisco learning curve is rather steep when first joining Cisco. New employees are faced with a myriad of IT and HR obstacles in the first month of employment. The positive to this, is that people who joined within the last year are still considered new.
    As in any big company, you have to fight for visibility and prove your value add. No one will sing your praise for you and every year under performers will see the door. Cisco, from the top down, is obsessed with measuring things, employees are measured on there performance and sometimes people focus more on there metric than doing there job.

    Advice to Management

    Focus the company more, Cisco is often too ambitious and has too many initiatives. Top management needs a clearer and more focused vision rather than "change the world." Cisco often tries to solve many problems by adding further complexities or resources. Cisco should focus on streamlining and simplifying rather than delegating. Reduce the emphasis on measuring things and encourage and reward innovation and creativity.

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