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"very political and difficult place to work"

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Current Employee - Video Production Manager in Milpitas, CA
Current Employee - Video Production Manager in Milpitas, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Looks good on a resume, everyone knows them

Cons

When I left a well respected hardware company to come to Cisco, everyone tried to talk me out of it, a manager told me (who worked there several years prior to coming to the company where we both worked) told me "at Cisco people don't tend to stab you in the back, they'll come right up to you and stab you in the face!" - a few weeks later I found out how truthful that was

Advice to Management

Don't just talk about doing what's right, actually do it, stop the rampant empire building within middle management tiers and the in-house political maneuvering

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Technical consutltant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In general, Cisco is a good place to work. When times are difficult, Cisco is fair... when times are good, Cisco is fair...

    Cons

    Cisco is a big company. Sometimes it is difficult to understand the focus and align with the focus of the company

    Advice to Management

    Reward your good employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I love working at Cisco, although things have been changing in the past half year or so."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Employees are treated well if they actually perform.

    Cons

    It's a big company and can be hard to stand out. Lots and lots of process. Being overworked is common. Cost cutting measures can appear ridiculous at times, especially considering how much money Cisco has in the bank.

    Advice to Management

    The rank and file pay attention to senior leadership, so please set a good example. Own up to and admit mistakes (like questionable acquisitions), and hold the correct people accountable. Certain cost cutting measures make the company look cheap, like no catering for lunch meetings.

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