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"Overall a nice place to work, fallen behind on innovation"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Employee friendly, with on-site gymnasium, child care and health center. Even though one has to work 10+ hours a day on average in engineering to get the work done, work hours being flexible helps a lot for families with kids. Lot of internal training classes for technical and professional skilll development, available to most people in the company.

Cons

Cisco's innovation in the last ten years has been limited to data networking only. Limited success in penetrating consumer market.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Cisco is NOT for everyone."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Well known name in the telecommunications/Networking Industry.
    + Flexible working hours
    + Generous with employee's career developments (training & tuition reimbursements, allowing Engineers to pursue MBA, etc.)

    Cons

    - Becoming too large, i.e. too bureaucratic, too many layers (of middle managements)
    - turf/territorial fighting for control-span in the middle management which becomes a game of "who do you know, not what do you know or how harder/smarter one works " for one's career.
    - The top level management, ie. CEO & his staff lost touch with the employees especially at the individual contributors, hence not knowing exactly what's going within the organizations (the cause of the turf fighting within the middle management).
    - Lack of true leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Look back at the culture of Cisco's during the years (late 1990's and early 2000') that propelled Cisco's growth and fame. The culture that truly fostered Engineers to be innovative, creative and pushed the envelop focusing on making things happened instead of fearing or pondering "what happens if I do this", "should I take this risk?" etc.


  2. "Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You will be compensated well and likely work with some good people who care about the success of the organization. There are talented people in the organization.

    Cons

    The leadership team is poorly organized and constantly stepping all over each other. The company is going through, and has been for quite some time, an identity crisis.


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