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"Best company I ever worked for, before or since."

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

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Very well defined and laser focused on the type of culture they wanted. Exceptional colleagues.

Cons

High intensity and High burn-out.

Advice to Management

Let's bring on a full come-back.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Cisco is loosing its Technical edge"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good Business, Marketing, and Sales experience

    Cons

    crowded place (Cisco sold 8 buildings on Tasman), and moved all the people to other buildings, separation of classes between full time and contractors (over 20% of employee are actually contractors to 14 vendors). Contractors are chosen base on their acceptance of the lowest hourly rate not their experience. Technologically the company is basically counting on buyout of other companies, and they are mostly counting on good marketing and sells strategy, instead of technological advances.

    Advice to Management

    Set the percentage of what a vendor can keep vs what contractor get. Some vendors keep over 60% of what they charge Cisco, leaving the contractors with only 40%. This mean Cisco can only get the cheapest contractor, not the best one.


  2. "Interesting could be more effective"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good salary, benefits. work is not that difficult and you can often create your own job within a certain structure.

    Cons

    management sucks. they do not hire the most effective leadership team, rather promote "friends" and those that play the game. the restructure EVERY SINGLE YEAR.. then spend 6 months trying to figure out the next structure, which only gives them about 50% productivity or less.. very frustrating

    Advice to Management

    create a system to identify leadership talent, TRAIN THEM and then promote the best, not the best friends. STOP reorging all the time!

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