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"They value people and it's an overall good place to work"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Good salaries and bonuses, good environment to work, managers will let you be independent and create new projects to help out the team, which sometimes results in a good innovation spread among the whole business unit or maybe even the company. Good resources to learn about the technologies employed there and they always have people to lend a helping hand and events to share knowledge about what's happening inside the walls of Cisco and around the Networking world.

Cons

Slow innovation cycle due to the huge nature of the company which means that sometimes you can't change work processes or culture already in place. Too much corporate culture and seems like independent business units are always competing too much and not in a good way. Small teams could be smaller sometimes and get more ownership of components to feel they are changing things from the inside in a way that creates more impact.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Great learning and very exciting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture of this company is excellent
    Work Life balance for this company is good
    Remote working capablities are great
    Serves as example for peer companies

    Cons

    Below average pay and bonus compared to other similar companies
    Large company so transparency is very less
    Employees can be treated with more +++$$ and some respect rather than just a #

    Advice to Management

    Please review salaries and keep it up to market


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Too much ambiguity and turnover in marketing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - SUPER flexible in terms of hours and location (work from home? No big deal! Got a doctor's appointment? Don't worry about it!)
    - People are genuinely nice, well-meaning and fun to work with
    - You learn a LOT of invaluable Big Corporation skills - how to manage up, how to play corporate politics, how to deal with really difficult personalities, how to create pretty PPTs
    - "Do first, ask permission later" culture means you can really drive what you're passionate about
    - If you are smart, work hard and carry yourself well, you can take on a lot of responsibility regardless of your age. People generally don't discriminate.
    - Lots of different orgs to move around in, good for lateral moves
    - The Cisco name goes a long way in high tech circles

    Cons

    - Constant re-orgs has caused a lot of ambiguity, mistrust, and a highly political environment that has gotten worse in the last 18 months.
    - Everything moves very slowly because there is no ownership or accountability. A lot of people can skate by doing little work as a result.
    - Despite the flex time/location, the company works you hard. You feel pressured to work late into the evenings because everyone else is too.
    - Upward mobility is all about who you know, not how good you actually are. It's also a very slow process.
    - If you're an undergrad, you will be expected to do the work of people who are much older than you for half the pay.
    - People get rewarded for doing things, not getting results. You see a lot of projects being funded that don't make sense if you stop and think about what it accomplishes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganizing, so people can focus on their jobs. Rather than ask middle managers for advice on how to move the company forward, ask the individual contributors who are actually doing the work. Restructure the promotion process so that younger employees are getting compensated for the much more experienced work they're doing.


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