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"Solid Company"

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Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Well established company, leader in the industry.
Good pay and benefits.
Good job security if you are a good or excellent performer.

Cons

Each business unit is a silo. Slow or difficult to adopt to new development paradigm.
Not a lot of opportunities for job advancement.

Advice to Management

Be more agile. Better alignment between engineering and marketing.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Safe and flexible company, but headed off the path"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cisco has great resources for working from anywhere - the technology and tools are extremely supportive with real BYOD on campus and great virtual meeting tools, all from the Company's own portfolio of course

    You will also be working among some of the best professionals anywhere and will learn many best practices that you can take anywhere.

    Cons

    The top leaders have floundered with their strategy and as such have lost any momentum for growth - do not expect to make big money with stock growth, as this is a mature company (despite being in "high tech").

    Managers are generally inept - the entire organization is very "political" and requires you to spend more time managing upward and sideways than actually getting things done for the business. Be prepared to be coached on opportunities to be "visible"

    If you are lucky enough to grab a big, visible project and if you spend a lot of time managing up, you might get one of the very rare promotions allocated for your organization. A good strategy for new hires is to negotiate for the biggest salary and title you can.

    Advice to Management

    Seek some contrary opinions occasionally. Remember the fairy tale about the "emperor has no clothes"? You are there.


  2. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cisco is still a great place to work. There is an incredible amount of talent within the company. There is a very positive culture.

    Cons

    The company has gotten much larger in recent times, and with increased size comes increased bureaucracy.

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