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"Good company company to work for - but difficult to figure out how to move up"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Work culture is good - there's a good sense of trust and delegation. Managers strive for work/life balance. In addition, there's a lot of diversity of job functions and roles.

Cons

For those coming from smaller companies or companies with less virtual meetings, adapting to the semi-virtual work environment takes time. Even if someone works at HQ, they might spend 70% of their time with virtual teams. Promotions take longer than at many other companies.

Advice to Management

Increase focus on incentivizing employees

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a pretty good spot to land if you're coming to Silicon Valley from somewhere else.

    Cons

    Cisco's engineering organization runs on nepotism. The performance reviews happen in reverse: The management decides whom they want to move up, then they give those folks the choice assignments, and at review time everyone declares success and enacts what was predetermined. Any failure to execute is obfuscated so it doesn't impede the process. Cisco's engineering is a giant grinder where the movement of the people up and down is what's important and the products are just a sausage coming out of the side. If you want to do engineering work I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on engineering excellence and build a cult of personality around the software developer like has been done so successfully at Google and Facebook. Make internal product development be driven by rapid prototyping instead of by Powerpoint.


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    "Very Stable and a good culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, if you do your job there is not a reason to get laid off.

    Cons

    salary growth, I know many people that leave to come back a year later to get a higher salary.

    Advice to Management

    pay the people that have been there as much as you pay the new highers

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