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"Happy and Sad"

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Former Contractor - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
Former Contractor - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Laid back atmosphere
Very flexible working hours
Not a high stress job

Cons

Difficult to move up the ladder
Too many reorgs
Too many meetings
Very top heavy
Quarterly budget ..so if you are a contractor there - your future perpetually hangs in the balance.

Advice to Management

Lay offs are not the solution to Cisco's problems.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excessive Cronynism - Too Many Politics"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting, training and educational opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    Excessive management, horrible stack rating - meaning you don't get raises or promotions unless you are someone's favorite in upper management, excessive work hours and work load, praise on how well you play the system instead of how good your work is. Politics in this company get worse with each layer of management. No one wants to hear that something won't work even when it won't, they just want to hear you say yes as they take credit for your work. Too many contract workers that have worked in the same position for 5+ years. Positions are made for friends without posting requisitions. It's not what you know, but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cronyism. Allow review of managers by staff. Change the raise and promotion system, you should not go seven years without a pay increase. I am sure all the executives are not missing out on yearly increases.


  2. "Summer Internship at Cisco"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for Cisco was being able to work on cool products and devices that will continue and improve the internet. Another pro of working for Cisco was a relaxed and comfortable work environment. As an intern, I was given the same freedom and regular employees, I could work from home, arrive and leave work when it was convient for me, and I could wear normal street clothes to work.

    Cons

    One of the cons of working for Cisco was that I did not feel like I was being challenged by the assignments I was given for my internship. I also did not feel like i was surrounded by a lot of very intelligent people as I normally do at college.

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