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"Cisco - Flawed but Still One of the Best"

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Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Jose, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

This is a very good company to work for as far as large corporations go. People are generally treated with respect (although there are always exceptions) and the culture is nice - teamwork oriented, etc. The benefits are pretty good.

Cons

No regular raises since 2001 - it is possible to get "equity adjustments" but very difficult. Even top performers tend to go a year or two between these "adjustments." In terms of salary, loyalty is not rewarded - it is very common for Cisco to hire externally at higher pay grades than the internal people who have been there for a long time - and the external hires do not necessarily have more experience overall.

Advice to Management

Overall this is a very well run company but morale could be higher in the trenches if compensation was handled in a more fair manner.

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Cisco is still a great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are innovative, creative, energetic, compassionate. The culture promotes giving back in many forms. The breadth of product makes many future possibilities exciting. Senior management are good human being. They are intelligent, experienced and compassionate. The culture is so open that I have never even heard of employee being turned away when they requested to meet with anyone in the company. The energy in the place is incredible. You want to work hard and be creative because of the people and opportunity around you. Having to write one hundred words for this thing is ridiculous. I almost stopped writing a while back

    Cons

    compensation package. Lack of HR processes, systems and people. HR has not been adequately staffed since 2001. Managers have little training or support to become good people managers. International assignments are very few and far between but not having done an international assignment can be a barrier to success. When employees do go on international assignment, their pay and taxes are general screwed up for years. When it is time for them to return to their home country they are on their own to find a job and generally viewed as if they are returning from a long vacation. Chambers is a focal point with no succession plan.

    Advice to Management

    rip the bandaid off. Change the stock Option grant policies and if people leave they leave. The little by little approach is so disheartening. Stop playing economist to wall street. We are an internet company not the Fed!


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    "Cisco - big, impressive but look elsewhere for truly rewarding career and balanced job environment!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, diverse product line, focus on growth and attacking new market opportunities. Strong corporate focus on growing worldwide markets and new greendfield opportunities, which should keep overall company growth on an upward track in the future.

    Cons

    Excessively political environment, where information is often controlled, withheld and used as a weapon for personal and political advantage. Finding a good group is the KEY issue for you having a good assignment, and job/salary growth and career advancement. Internal visibility - often over actual performance - is becoming a necessary element for job survival, never mind advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the excessive overhead in Cisco at the VP and Director level. Often, spans of control are completely ridiculous for a senior individual - Directors who have 1-2 staff is a frequent occurance, and are clearly a 'reward for a friend' situation. John Chambers needs to pick key individuals in key functional roles who will exhibit leadership and a focus on change to reinvigorate the culture, and then the overall company environment. Too much 'sloganeering' and top-down 'rah-rah' PC soundbytes and a lack of hard focus on the working environment for the rank and file staff.

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