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"Very nice and a lot of things to do in our group."

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

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

Pros

Good in every way. A lot of things to learn.

Cons

Too many contractors in the company. I believe that quality people hiring as full time can make things better.

Advice to Management

Need to focus more of product stability than features.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Without Cisco, My Net Worth Wouldn't Be at Where It Is Today"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong: I didn't hit my 7 figure net worth via stock options but rather the generous compensation from Cisco (and being thrift personally helped as well). Cisco does make you work for your money but it is well worth it because of all the vast networking knowledge you'll acquire while working for them (especially in the IP domain). I've worked at various companies before Cisco and I really have to say that this is THE best company so far that I've work in.

    Of course, YMMV.

    Cons

    Some projects, in the end, really are money losing projects which Cisco still maintain because it wants to have a footprint on those particular networking technologies. However, Cisco does recognize this and will make sure not to spend any more $$$ than it already has.

    Some acquisitions, quite frankly, were too pricy IMHO and I'm not sure whether they'll see a return on investment with those acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Be extremely careful about acquisition as some really do not give the company a good ROI.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, but priorities are constantly shifting, hard to stay motivated"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is good
    Flexible work options
    Co-workers

    Cons

    Too much middle management
    Hard to get promoted - no control over your career path
    Difficult to move across organizations
    Stock options are worthless

    Advice to Management

    Re-price the stock options to boost the employee morale (those who joined when options were still granted).
    Flatten the hierarchy. There are too many cooks in the kitchen (decision-makers) and priorities are overlapping or changing.

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