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"Bittersweet"

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Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Flexible work schedule. Still some terrific folks around, despite the politicians' best efforts to eradicate the few free-thinkers left.

Cons

Those of us who have been around longer than 10 years remember Cisco as a cutting-edge environment. Agile and young, we used to make smart, strategic decisions. Smart acquisitions. It used to be fun. We're going on nearly a decade of indecisive leadership, unreasonable changes, lack of strategy, and all our decisions seem to be based on politics. It feels as though we've lost our competitive edge in the market and employees across the company are feeling its de-motivating effects. Pulse scores are low, opportunity is low, morale is low.

Advice to Management

Our leaders need to take some serious and real measures to re-evaluate the direction of the company. They may not realize how lackluster the environment has become. Trim the fat at the top and middle of the company. We have too many chiefs and too many people trying to squeeze into chief hats that there's nobody left to think and work. Who's planning the strategy?

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Good Employer to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible with good work life balance

    Cons

    low pay , and profit sharing with the employees

    Advice to Management

    Good


  2. Helpful (8)

    "A company becoming too big to be able to innovate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Senior Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Senior Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits; global presence; strong eco-system and brand name

    Cons

    CEO has been lost around 2006-2007 (that caused CDO Charlie left the company); a lot of politics and fat; doesn't have any succession plan; can't retain talents (seems CEO and board don't even care); no innovation but still think things will turn around. It's sad to see this will become another DEC or Sun Microsystems.

    Advice to Management

    Get former CDO Charlie back to the company to be CEO or president; Mr. Chambers should just retire or be COB.

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