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"i'm humbled to work with such smart people with a supporting attitude"

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Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

401K contribution, daycare pre-tax reimbursement, health pre-tax reimbursement, company contribution to education/ training and even grad school. Peers are always happy to help out one another despite their busy schedule. Many folks have the mantra of working hard and efficiently for the greater good of the company.

Cons

silo'd division of business units challenge the ability to create a consistent marketing message. Over the years, lost the benefits of free drinks, yearly company events, family days, and even the tchotchkes. Regular pay increase not consistent across management.

Advice to Management

Enterprise is still where there is lots of revenue but in this economy, expand your horizon and make your message simpler and easier to consume for the mid-market commercial sector.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Depends on what group you work for.... there are many!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and access to a lot of amenities!! Some groups have a autonomy and work great. Others are silos and you would never know there is more out there since you can get buried with the same/day to day tasks.... Divide and conquer big sales deals/acquisitions

    Cons

    Not all locations have all the perks and luxuries... Some have none at all :( Senior leadership at the director level change every 8-12 months consistently and have done so for the past few years. Goals and direction changes just as often. Politics play big here... Who you know can be good or bad. Some areas of the company are the market leaders, whereas others are far behind.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent when shifting gears.. It's okay to change direction, people appreciate when you acknowledge things aren't working and change is needed. Not all managers are pushing the Cisco culture in regards to employee personal growth. Take care of your employees with continuing compensation or lose them to competitors. When asking your front line employees for their opinions, use them to make sensible changes... Seems like most are asked their opinion because it is a goal set for them and their managers take employees considerations and do nothing with them... Too much "going through the motions" and not enough work done to follow up on the voice of the frontline employee


  2. "16 years, great experience, but it's now a very political company"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, global locations, very diverse team

    Cons

    their motto seems to be "live to work"

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