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"A large company with a lot of opportunity for growth if you're driven and committed"

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Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Wear multiple hats
Work with other experienced professionals
team oriented and cross-functional growth

Cons

as they've become a large company, the barriers to "get it done" has increased significantly.

Advice to Management

try to find some of the old Cisco fire and risk taking to stay competitive. pre-dotCom BUST type of mentality.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "A great learning experience growing with one of the world's great companies"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic technology, great products and the ability to work with the very leading edge. Excellent leadership at the top that always gave employees the impression that they really knew where they were taking the company and that they had a reason for doing so. High gross margins on products mean that they were able to dedicate significant resources toward R and D and doing product development right. The most ethical company I have been associated with.
    Also pay was good.

    Cons

    As it turned into a larger company it has suffered from large company disease; specifically lots of bureaucracy and hundreds of little fiefdoms competing with each other, not always to the benefit of the company.

    Advice to Management

    There are about three times as many vice presidents working for the company than they need.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Large network if you have connections

    Cons

    There are very few good managers. Most are inexperienced and not in the least qualified for the groups they manage. They are also not held accountable for talent development nor their own work and an IC can deliver, deliver, deliver and not be recognized unless they are part of the inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just promote someone within, make them go through the interview process with other candidates to prove they are the best choice for that role.


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