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"Excellent internship experience"

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Former Intern - College Intern in San Jose, CA
Former Intern - College Intern in San Jose, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great company, very knowledgeable peers from top universities, work is good, good compensation and you learn a lot. Flexibility and work/life balance is unmatched. Free movie tickets, tickets to amusement park, free frequent lunches, great gym, free train pass, lot of intern events with free food, pays for your tuition, San Jose a good place to live. College grads like me these days wants to work for more recent brands like Google, facebook, linkedin, twitter but companies like CISCO and others who have been there from decades are great places to start your career.

Cons

Since its a big organization, promotions and increments are not very frequent and can take time. But again, if you are talented and hardworking, you will get promotions and increments for sure.

Advice to Management

Give more challenging work and dont let people sit ideal

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    "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. "I enjoyed the people I worked with"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in some areas of the company. Good pay and benefits. Worked from home for over five years made for a great work-life balance. If you find the right group the work can be very satisfying.

    Cons

    Too many people that don't contribute to the value of the company should be let go but the process for firing people takes 6+ months. Therefore, there are many people that are just moved around to avoid the firing process. Managers are "highly" encouraged to move people rather than fire them. Cisco seems to side with the bad employee for fear of reprisal and litigation.
    Too many people caught up in following the "shiny ball" and not doing the right thing for the customer.
    Little innovation from within the company. Difficult to get promoted unless you have a technology background.
    Cutting free soda seemed like a good idea from a cost standpoint but had a greater negative impact on moral. It's the little things.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at some of the programs to enhance the customer/channels buying experience. Get "real" feedback from the actual customer/channels using the application. Don't spend $10+ million on a program that could be done for 1/10 the cost.

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