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"Politics over performance, career advancement non-existant, top-heavy management"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Co-workers were always great. Management left much to be desired.
Some new technology explored but that depended on which group you worked in.

Cons

Advancement based on politics and not on performance. 5-10% of workforce routinely let go based on annual forced ranking (you ended up higher in ranking if you were friendlier with decision makers -- individual performance didn't matter). Managers never subjected (fired) based on the 5-10% ranking.

Advice to Management

Management needs to severely trim middle and upper managers who fit one of the following: have no reports, were promoted based on Peter principle or who they knew, or are incompetent (based on poor team performance).

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Very enjoyable work experience for a large corporation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Serious commitment to people -- personal growth, career opportunities, welfare
    + Excellent communications of company goals, priorities, direction
    + Strong compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    - Usual slowness to get decisions made that come from large companies
    - Many of the internal IS tools are abysmal -- home grown or Oracle

    Advice to Management

    o Improve internal IS systems -- expense reporting, time off, contractor procurement -- all poor
    o Provide/require engineering creative time -- similar to Google


  2. "Amazing :)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - WW Customer Operations Relationship Manager in Oeiras (Portugal)
    Current Employee - WW Customer Operations Relationship Manager in Oeiras (Portugal)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, environment, culture, values, vision

    Cons

    too complex sometimes, since it is a huge company

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