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"They will take good care of you"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Stable company that will take good care of you as long as you "take care" of them (i.e. don't do anything bad)

Cons

Typical large company - slow-moving, lots of politics, and 1-2 reorgs every year - so you'll go through many different managers

Advice to Management

Get to personally know your employees - they are human, not just worker robots. My favorite managers were the ones who actually cared that you had a family and know that a job is just a job.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Cisco is overall, a great place to work, with smart & motivated people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people solving hard problems. Good leadership in place, though John Chambers should probably look to retire soon

    Cons

    The company is getting bigger and slower. Fewer young and up-and-coming aggressive types in the company these days. The company is facing increasing threats of commoditization by Chinese competitors and architectures like SDN.

    Advice to Management

    Thank John for his contributions and look for fresh blood at the senior ranks. Clean up the board and move out Jerry Yang and Carole Bartz in favor of board members that will challenge management thinking


  2. Helpful (2)

    "High quality company with excellent people talent"

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, excellent people and plentiful talent, still a good culture and values about fair play and caring for people

    Cons

    An interesting mix of strong hatred of clear goals with accountability, thick red-tape bureaucracy, self-serving senior leadership that has been brought in externally mixed with the wrong sort in power internally

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in developing talent. Young ambitious employees quickly hit the wall and many choose to move to different companies to continue to progress. Create more programs for high-performers to gain visibility, take on new and challenging projects within or outside their current role, and don't be stingy with bonuses for a job well done.


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