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"Good place to work for"

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

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

Pros

Work life Balance
Process Oriented
Lot of scope for development

Cons

Not much access to latest technology and process

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Systems engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Smart engineers
    Lots of opportunities to move around
    Pay is on par with industry
    Great teamwork at local level

    Cons

    No team work
    Every man for himself
    Sometimes unethical
    No longer an innovator
     No clear vision all focused only on sales

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and not as a quota number


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Post-acquisition and floundering"

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco offers reasonable and competitive compensation packages with the ability to earn more via bonuses, CAP awards, and such. It's possible with a strong performance, a supportive manager, and a manager who understands the tools and processes, to award significant rewards per year to an employee.

    Cons

    As an acquisition our product has floundered; the product has undergone several management changes, the product has failed in critical areas, and there appears to be no ownership or consequence for those failing. Many teams have taken defensive positions to eliminate work or ownership of product growth and development. The product is circling the drain and no one seems to care. For a period a renewals team didn't exist and customers were simply canceled, and canceled without warning. The product looks as it did 7 years ago and any efforts to introduce new features has resulted in a huge number of bugs (customers treated as beta testers), undocumented features, and usability issues.

    There are a significant number of long-term Cisco managers, occupying roles for 15 years or more, managers who seem lost in a Dilbert comic. Able but unwilling to enact change, making sure to not rock the boat or do anything to actually improve the products they're part of.

    Products are extremely complex, developed by engineers for engineers, with no focus on usability or the human experience. Customers complain about complex deployments and call in for guidance configuring the most simple of features. The acquisition of Meraki shows an ability to recognize a strong usable product but its yet to be seen whether Meraki will survive the Cisco touch.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring the same type of engineer without necessary review (a CCNA doesn't equate to a strong work ethic, ability to perform adequately in a role) and purge the ranks of the drifting employees who are happy to collect a Cisco paycheck but not provide any meaningful forward movement for the company.

    Create products which are straightforward to understand and deploy; make product teams responsible for documentation and innovation and ensure engineering teams take ownership for shipping stable products; 5 years of failed engineering efforts due to a horrendous amount of bugs shouldn't be possible for one product.

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