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"Bittersweet"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great opportunity for technical experience.
Great co-workers on my teams.
There are many small perks such as free exercise facility and on-campus dining, banking, etc.

Cons

Losing the 'Cisco culture' and becoming another Nortel, IBM, etc.
Touts teamwork while at the same time implementing 'stack-ranking' and bottom 5% reductions or force-outs.
Reacts with cutbacks and short-sighted decisions when stock holders sneeze.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience until re-structuring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, bonuses, great people, collaboration, innovation

    Cons

    Re-structuring based on products and not on people and their performance. No longer a business that puts people first.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your top talent, even if they are not working on a successful product. They can be moved to work on a successful product. Your top talent can do anything!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not challenging...I could have done my internship in 2 days."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid company.
    Great marketshare.
    Industry leader.
    Cool technology.

    Cons

    Huge.
    Corporate.
    Middle Management all over the place.
    Can easily get pigeon holed.

    My internship was 10 weeks long. I think I could have done my entire project in 2 days. The corporate hoops and ladders I had to jump through made it super difficult to get work done. I like getting stuff done and this is not the place for that (well for an internship at least).

    Advice to Management

    The people under you are smarter than you think.

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