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"Lots of ups and downs - very political organization"

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Former Employee - Senior Director, Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Director, Engineer in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Great sales force, great technology, high visibility within the industry and ability to drive technology and innovation. Lots of customers. If you build a good product, they sell it!.

Cons

Lots of politics. To move up the ladder, need to manage up vs manage down. Passive aggressive culture. Senior management spends lot more time managing up, unaware of the business. Throws money around indiscriminately looking for success. Senior management unaware of what is going on. John Chambers is not connected with reality on the ground. Keeps talking about how great everything is and there are layoffs across the board.

Advice to Management

Be real, be honest with yourself and with people and teams.
Reduce politics and focus on execution.
Send SVPs to go back to closer to their teams vs building 10 closer to John Chambers.
Create career opptys for everyone, not just for people who suck up to you.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Passion for technology"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer 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, transparency, diverse job roles , very good culture

    Cons

    bad compensation, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Please take care about your sub-ordinates and help them to gain some monetary benefits


  2. "Challenging, but their TAC is great."

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco pretty much owns soup to nuts when it comes to networking, voice, security, data center, ...etc

    Lots of opportunities if you have the experience.

    Cons

    Cisco just used to hire great people and let them move around to share experience. Cisco just wants to buy companies and people that have what they need. The companies they buy stay silo'd which keeps any growth from happening.

    Advice to Management

    Every thing now seems to be based on the stock dividend and not in finding ways to make the stock price change. Cisco culture used to be about the company and its wonderful employees, Coming to Cisco was like winning the lottery, now its just become another corporate job. People just want to put Cisco on their resume so they can find something better.

    Crappy inconsistent support is what influenced many people to buy Cisco years ago. in the beginning you hoped Cisco was in the network, as they did not point fingers and were easy to work with and Cisco knew this very well. The new goal to outsource everything and still try to appear to be the premier choice is only leading to mediocrity. People are still looking for the personal touch of smaller companies that are focused on their products and value their engineering talent, It would appear that Cisco's response to this to hunt these companies down, then buy and destroy their culture.

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