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"Large company, no clear direction"

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Former Employee - Technical Lead in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Technical Lead in Boston, MA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Cisco did not tear up the start-up I worked for when it acquired it, and we managed to retain some of the character that we had before.

Cons

Very difficult to get noticed in such a large organization, and no clear direction. I expected that a large company such as Cisco will be less "Quarterly profit" driven. The many layers of management - boards, committees and what not - make product decisions very difficult to drive in a timely manner

Advice to Management

Break the company into smaller entities and let these excel by independently driving for success. The size and heft is slowing the company doen and making it less competitive

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "The best company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, the technology were the best things in cisco systems

    Cons

    some teams are very cultural-oriented, specially the Indian one


  2. "Fast paced work yet relaxed environment"

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    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good learning experience, seasoned individuals, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Most times directionless, Haphazard layoffs- some of the most talented people are lost, extremely slow growth

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