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"Engineers Stay Away"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

800 pound gorilla in the networking industry.
Involved in almost every aspect of communications.
Opportunities to be involved in full product development life cycle involving almost any imaginable communications technology.
Top performers compensated well above normal market rates.

Cons

Hasn't had competent top level engineering management since 2007.
Complete chaos in engineering across all product lines.
Fierce internal executive rivalries and frequent engineering executive shuffling make it very difficult to successfully complement projects.
Company completes only a small number of the numerous of engineering projects it starts.
Business units are littered with un-dead zombie projects that have undergone multiple direction changes and leadership changes.
Cisco's new product development life cycle now generally exceeds technology life cycles. It takes so long to develop products that the product technology is obsolete when the product ships.
Everything aspect of engineering possible is being out-sourced without out regard to the impact on quality, efficiency, and ROI.
Cisco treats its engineers like farm animals.

Advice to Management

1. It is all about leadership. Crack open the Cisco cash hoard and spend whatever it takes buy competent engineering executives to fix your internal problems.

2. Get better at engineering outsourcing or stop doing it. Current efforts are failing and destroying quality.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Development Test Engineer (DevTest)"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always busy, projects after projects. Health Benefits +++ Salary +++

    Cons

    After a few years, it becomes routine and gets boring! "Open 24 Hours" so get your sleeping bag and tooth paste ready! Quarterly performance review = bonus!?

    Advice to Management

    None...


  2. "Stable Place to Gain Experience"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned foundations of computer networking
    Got very good at debugging software
    Got visibility into company operations
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Lots of corporate politicking in upper management
    Mergers and layoffs resulted from misaligned, redundant, and competing business units

    Advice to Management

    Make movement between business units and technology groups easy and encourage people to do so. I found that engineers' innovative abilities were stymied by being in the same technology role for too long. There are a lot of smart people at Cisco, and I think that it would bolster the company's ability to make even better products and disrupt markets if these people were given more opportunities to be more well-rounded technically.

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