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"The way how people see it ...."

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The best thing about working for Cisco might just be that you if you are a competent and productive engineer, you have quite a bit of flexibility in defining your role and your contribution level. If you are really gunning for promotions, look for a good group, find a niche, take on roles that are difficult or un-wanted, and work your rear end off. If you want to coast and balance your time between work and other interests, then find a steady group, manage your time well, and you can stay safe in your job with just about 40 hours of work a week... and you might have the flexibility to telecommute or work from home.

Cons

There is one other danger I must mention. This applies even in 'good' groups. There is a tendency at Cisco to just keep loading you with more and more responsibilities until you actually stand up and say enough. If this is an interesting job, you might find that you are spending more time on work than you had originally planned, at the expense of family, friends, etc. So decide for yourself how much you want to work and what your goals are. And then be prepared to work with your management to define the appropriate role.
No one will come and ask you what you want at Cisco. You have to decide that for yourself, and then communicate it to your management.
Also, if you do end up in a bad situation, be prepared to make an honest assessment of the situation and leave. No one likes to quit, but if you end up staying 5 or 6 years without fair rewards, you will find yourself falling well behind people who were your peers when you started... and this is really not a good experience.”

Advice to Management

Frugality is great, but do consider spending a little more on rewarding empolyees, defining incentives, and team-building. Help change employee demographic over a period of time, so that there are more younger people. Right now there are too many senior people in the company.
Provide better tools and resources for employees to play career growth and development over the mid- to long- term.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manger, Software Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manger, Software Development in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Openness, Fun, Well Managed, Competitve

    Cons

    Big Company, Scale problems with any big company

    Advice to Management

    Do something to improve stock price


  2. "Cisco, one great company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities everywhere, you are given a job to do and most of the time you have a great deal of flexibility on how you can execute it. Cisco is like many small companies that you can access and move into, gaining experience, knowledge, and depth in your career path. All that and I can telecommute, what's there not to like?

    Cons

    Some people have a hard time with the passionate and aggressive way that Cisco goes about its business. You need to 'get it' and get on with it fast. No one wants to hear you whining about how hard it is to do what you need to do. Ask for advice, research your problem, propose and solution and make a decision. Unfortunately some of those who don't get are still around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting our decisions and ensure that any decisions that affect us are explained in detail with the impacts.

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