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"Strong corporate management, great employees/coworkers, can-do attitude, but personal life can suffer."

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Former Employee - Account Manager II in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Account Manager II in Herndon, VA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Motivated work force, great compensation, strong tools and support to get your job done. Some of the sharpest folks I've worked with. Strong customer focus and senior management that does a great job of anticipating market and technology changes all while driving that same market. Fantastic front line sales engineering staff. Very good compensation against it's competitors.

Cons

24x7 work culture and competitive work environment. Huge product set to keep track of. Great team environment but with the combination of ambitious lower/mid level management that can take a toll on front line sales teams. Expectation of double-digit growth levels despite market conditions, product weaknesses, etc.

Also...Sales Manager's needing to show 'effort' can mean unnecessary busy work on campaigns that realistically have a slim chance to work. Sales managers have a very stressful job at Cisco

Advice to Management

Hard to offer guidance to John Chambers

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. "Best in house technology for employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent support for working efficiently: laptops, workgroup software; telepresence; support for work from offsite
    - Really sound business-savvy and business-conservative leadership at the top
    - Work with smart decent people

    Cons

    - Big place; hard to get a grasp of the company as a whole
    - Not the best paid place to work

    Advice to Management

    Try to streamline the quarterly and yearly planning processes and more clearly align department initiatives to corporate goals. Build adn nurture offsite teams as much as USA-based teams.


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    "Dysfunctional company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have the flexibility of working from home and flexible hours. You will learn a lot about new business practices in a short period of time but do not expect direction nor a clear definition of your job role. You can define your job role/responsibilities but it might not be tied to meaningful/valued activities. Cisco is a great brand name company to work for and opens up doors for your next career move.

    Cons

    Cisco utilizes a large population of contract employees which results in a large turnover and lack of continuity in business operations. There is a lot of overlap of roles and responsibilities within and between departments. Projects are not thoroughly thought through and oftentimes in execution mode before the planning phase has taken place. This results in a lot of knee jerk reactions and a moving target in terms of project objectives and process flow. Oftentimes management doesn't know what they want but they want it implemented as soon as possible without knowing all that goes into the effort. There is a huge disconnect between identifying problems and developing a solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the layers of management within the company. Too many manager trying to accomplish the same thing.


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