Cisco Systems - Good company in which to grow in a wide range of fields if you are in the right groups and are willing to fight for it. | Glassdoor
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"Good company in which to grow in a wide range of fields if you are in the right groups and are willing to fight for it."

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

Pros

- Encouraging of your initiative to learn and external education opportunities.
- Typically relaxed work environment where your workload is self-determined.
- Has access to large code-bases from which you can learn a wide variety of software techniques.
- Relatively stable company.

Cons

- Can be a conservative and procedural-strict company.
- You need to be in one of the smaller and more advanced-tech group to enjoy many of the pros.
- More sales and hardware oriented, software groups don't seem as valued in terms of funding and attention.

Advice to Management

- Encourage a more driven and exciting work environment.
- Focus more on college hires and their growth within Cisco.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "A place to grow in the 80's and 90's"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a company renowned for excellent engineers, great technology and innovation during the 80's and 90's. Employees had great pride in being associated with the company.

    Cons

    Has grown too big; the drive and motivation seen in the first 20 years is missing now.

    Advice to Management

    Need more passionate and energetic management and employees. More people are interested in self-growth and not enough in company growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Value Company that still thinks it's in growth phase"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of very smart people at Cisco still. The company has built an amazing infrastructure that allows work to be done very smoothly. The linkages between functions is mature and well thought out, like the partnership with HR, the support from IT, etc. Cisco still has a great business, which means it has enough money to fund efforts so that they can be done right rather than shoe-stringing things together and not getting the outcomes that are possible.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people at Cisco today that are managing their careers rather than their business. The environment has become much more political after 2001 and you have to be careful of people's intent. One of the more interesting cultural outgrowths of the increased politicization is that people are reluctant or unwilling to help others. They are intensely focused on promoting and positioning themselves without concern for growing and building teams and peers.

    Advice to Management

    I would strongly recommend that the leadership start looking at what the culture has become. Empowerment has been eroded and accountability is not very strong. Frankly, the data being used in everything from business cases to outcomes has become so suspect at the company that it's difficult to have confidence in any decisions being made.

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