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"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

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Cisco is an amazing company that is relaxed, flexible and well paying."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well paying company that pushes employees to work from home. Flexible work atmosphere. Cisco grades by quality of work done, rather than hours spent at a desk.

    Cons

    Rising in Cisco is challenging. Everyone is extremely talented, bright and motivated. Rising from an entry level position to a high level is somewhat rare it seems like.

    Advice to Management

    The way the company is run is great. Nothing should be done differently. There will always be cons when great people are working for a company. Competition is bound to be higher, which for the company, is a great thing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Benefits don't outweigh compensation shortcomings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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.


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