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"Full of turf wars and little cross-BU collaboration"

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Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Pedigree of computer networking background. Great place to advance your product management, product marketing, Ethernet networking domain expertise. There are some great people there.

Cons

Abusive languages, turf wars among business units. Your product will get de-positioned by other BUs. And you will have to de-position them too. The company is terrible at getting multiple BUs to work together and build a cohesive system. In the era of modern data center convergence, this is a deadly issue that will cost Cisco continuous market share decline in Ethernet switching.

Advice to Management

Change R&D organization structure, reward cross-BU alignment and collaboration.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Contract at Cisco"

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    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy start and end
    Rate on par with market

    Cons

    No access to full-time job opportunities on company web site
    Discrepancy in cost of company amenities (like gym)
    No medical benefits accessible via Exobase
    Minimal notice of contract non-renewal

    Advice to Management

    Provide access to full-time job opportunities that permanent employees can see
    Price amenities (like gym) the same for contractors as full-time employees


  2. "Cisco treats employees well but really has no idea where they are headed"

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    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - ASIC Design Engineer in North Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allow you to select Macs as your computer to use. Good bonuses and salary. Competitive benefits. Nice facilities to work in.

    Cons

    Upper management is destroying the company by having no clue to where they are going or what business they are in. Cisco's future is unfortunately to become like HP where engineering is nearly absent and the products are very sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue on where you are headed. Decide that you need to invest in R&D and engineering if you wish to really compete and stop touting supply-chain management and cost controls as the way to take the company to the head of the pack. If you don't know what business you want to be in and what it takes to be the leader then no amount of cost controls will help you get there.

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