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"Cisco is a good place to work"

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Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Bruno, CA
Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Bruno, CA
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Neutral Outlook

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Great benefits and treat employees well.

Cons

Many layers of management. Not unusual in a large company.

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    "A generally decent company which makes lots of $ and is wealthy, but treats employees as if it were poor."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package. Financially stable. Wide range of products and many internal opportunities. Engineering has talented people and can still generate a new product or enhance existing product quickly. Money not a problem (available) when needed to fix customer issues or accelerate engineering to achieve a market window.

    Cons

    Benefits have been trimmed continuously (for years) on a regular basis. Bureaucracy increasing. Too much infrastructure has been outsourced (i.e. benefits, payroll, HR). Visibility (top down and bottom up) into the "business" (specifically from Engineering) decreasing. Business Units have too much control to design/market product or acquire companies with "non core-value". Specifically, consumer products with no profit margin (linksys, video cameras). Commodity (i.e. data storage, tablets) with huge established players (NetApp, EMC, Apple - more).

    Advice to Management

    Cisco is still top heavy. Employees saw last years measure to reduce director, upper and exec management as a joke. Stay focused on our core expertise - switching and routing. Spare NO EXPENSE to keep or acquire the talent to maintain that lead. Marketing is not listening to Engineering when it comes to quality and even viability of products. Cius was a fiasco. Upper management does not seem to be listening to Engineering or is keeping key people "in the dark" while products are considered. Wall Street hates Cisco--Get used to it. Chicken-shit like "saving 45 million by forcing employees to take PTO" is NOT going to raise the stock price and is just another example of a rich company whipping the employees in the name of frugality, while NOT having done the needful like trimming upper mgmt. Too much variability in the BUs and too little Exec Control to NOT have non-viable/profitable product.


  2. "Good management and coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good, helpful culture within group. People were always ready to help, good mentorship provided to new comers. Management had good communication and were empathetic to employee needs. Being a large company, much scope for moving positions between divisions.

    Cons

    Some of the legacy systems just need maintenence and some bells and whistles development. Not much creativity and growth possible. Maybe the restructing has improved things.

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