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"Benefits don't outweigh compensation shortcomings"

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

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Cisco develops cutting edge products and implements them internally often making employees beta users (fun and frustrating). Encouraging early adoption of new technologies benefits employees by making them savvy tech users across a broad range of technologies compared to peers. Working for Cisco commands a lot of respect from people outside the company. You have great 24-hour global emergency support whether you're on business or travel.

Cons

There's been a steep, and documented, decline in compensation in last 10 years. No raises unless you're promoted. Promotions are limited to approximately 15-20% of the workforce and are a 12-18 month cycle once your manager gets you in the queue. Couple this with the elimination of stock options for the majority of employees who are rated as meeting expectations (around 60% of the workforce) and uncertain bonuses means you lose money staying at Cisco unless you're on and stay on the promotion track. It's no secret that Cisco has a substantial chunk of cash which it keeps off-shore to minimize US taxes. While "good" for the bottom line this strategy also penalizes US employees because it keeps the pool of money for promos and raises small. The hours are relentless regardless of your role. It's not unusual to receive emails from peers in your time zone at 11:00 or 11:30 pm. There's subtle pressure to respond to emails from peers in other regions during their workday a.k.a. your evening. Working partial days on the weekend isn't uncommon and working Sunday evenings is standard. Training and education is under-funded. I was not approved for any professional training in the last five years of employment at Cisco.

Advice to Management

Train your managers so they are professionals. I had more bad than good managers ranging from micro-managers to hostile work environment liabilities. Bad managers are protected which drives off good employees. Pay employees, especially those in the US, a better wage. The line that employees benefit from Cisco growth and profitability is no longer true because there are huge inequities in the distribution.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Dream Networking Company to work"

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    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

    Great Work Ethics, Great Employee Benefits, Good Recognition

    Cons

    Salary not competitive, Stock value not good


  2. "Digital design enginner"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people.
    20 days PTO
    a lot of products

    Cons

    old school
    slow
    a lot of legacy

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