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"It's big and it pays well"

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Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Cisco has made it a corporate policy to pay at the 75% level for their industry, meaning that they will pay more than 75% of their peers. That means you get a good salary and lots of bonus opportunities (stock units, spot bonuses, etc.). This makes it hard to leave even if you are unhappy with the company itself.

Cons

The company is slow and stodgy with a culture that is very risk averse. It takes at least 1 year to release anything significant and you should expect that many products or features will never actually be launched no matter how important they are. There are lots of hoops to jump through, review cycles, and red tape. Creating anything truly ground-breaking is nearly impossible due to the politics involved and the multiple layers of management. As a result, many of the people who are at the company are "lifers" -- people who have decided that they get paid well enough to stay where they are but who aren't interested in really pushing the boundaries.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a company with good culture and massive scale in products

    Cons

    too huge dimension to handle

    Advice to Management

    too many hirerarcy to handle


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with a good culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with a good culture. Overall compensation is above par. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Big company issues, little growth opportunities,

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