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"It's Hell There Right Now"

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Seriously great people. Bright minds, very hard workers. The technology Cisco gives you to do your job is world-class.

Cons

Constant re-organizing because the leadership is not in touch with the actual work. Engineering projects are not properly funded, so they don't succeed and they are shut down. Morale is at an all-time low...lower than after the dotcom crash in the early 00's.

Advice to Management

It is time for Chambers to go. Leaders are being named based on their ability to politic, not on their ability to lead.

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "A good company to retire at, sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Chance to work with seasoned engineers who are good at what they do.
    2) Large company, relatively stable
    3) Well structured, many support groups SI, DevTest, Diags, EDVT, Mechanical, Manufacturing, etc...
    4) Good benefits, healthcare is best benefit one now.

    Cons

    1) Meetings about meetings
    2) Management's lack of foresight in project planning
    3) Cronyism, Cisco is an amalgam of many smaller businesses, due to acquisitions. Each group has their own culture and school of thought. If your group is merged with another group, and your group is not on top, attrition will ensue.
    4) Innovation seems to be mostly due to acquisitions, this company is little r big D. Do not expect to do anything beyond the mold of the immediate project, unless you are in the upper echelons of the company (DE or Fellow).
    5) A company a recent college graduate should not consider, growth is limited. A start-up or younger company would be better.
    6) Pay is industry average. You can do better.
    7) Senior management has mislead the CEO for years. They indicate the market is moving in a specific direction when it is not.
    8) While age discrimination is not permitted, the management finds ways to make it happen. Over 60 and chances of being fodder for the headcount reduction increase.
    9) The days seems to flow seamlessly by. Each day seems more and more like the last. Before you know it, months of time have passed into the abyss.
    10) Due to stress, people have experience heart trouble. I have gone though 2 anxiety attacks before the age of 30. Heart medication is likely to be required by your doctor, should you even be a first line manager.
    11) Cisco is becoming more and more like a Chinese-owned company.
    12) Management has a propensity to not tell the truth. They have and will continue to mislead the ICs (non-management employees) about their prospects for advancement and the direction the company is going in.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a more reasonable schedule for the projects. It is a bad idea to pull in project schedules by months in order to make up for marketing's inability to plan. Knee-jerk reactions to any problem, without understanding the intricacies of why it exists and what is the best course of action in the long run, wrecks havoc with other groups.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Bloated and Top Heavy Cisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, and Work Environment

    Cons

    Poorly managed large company. Not nimble and no longer a thought leader. Product quality is slipping

    Advice to Management

    Not sure.... heading in the same direction as Nortel and ALU

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