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"Terrible treatment for Consultants!"

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Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Chance to work on some good technology, great minds, and cool lab infrastructure.

Cons

Cast-off treatment to Consultants. Over-worked, Underpaid, Less informed, lack of communications. Not invited to meetings, treated as donkeys! Shove out when not needed. Extremely fickle minded budgeting. Dosen't keep up promises or contract durations. Don't feel part of a team!

Advice to Management

Treat contractors fairly. They too have a right to be treated fairly given that many of us do sincere work.

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    "A good place to collect a steady paycheck and count the days until retirement"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Job security (won't get fired/laid off unless you are a complete idiot...and even then, probably not)
    -Work life balance (4 weeks paid PTO...easy to take time off, reasonable work hours)
    -Convenient amenities for SJ employees (health center, gym, daycare, etc)
    -Decent benefits package (although healthcare costs rise every year)

    Cons

    -Stagnant pay (won't get a pay increase without a promo, promos are nearly impossible to come by)
    -Politics - It isn't what you do, its who you know and how well you can brown nose/take credit for others' work to get ahead
    -Consensus based culture - Too many cooks in the kitchen...everyone needs to "buy off" on initiatives; creates tremendous bottlenecks to the point of not getting anything accomplished
    -Turf wars amongst management - Makes it even more difficult to get ahead and get stuff accomplished
    -Unqualified leaders - In the mid-late 90s, when Cisco was growing rapidly, they needed to hire bodies; many were unqualified and lacked even a college degree; now these losers are in leadership positions and have power trips; will backstab to stay ahead, since they know they can't on their abilities alone
    -No training/development budget - Continuous learning is difficult when there's no budget at all for training/certifications and conferences/travel
    -Generally, old stodgy work environment - Not much camaraderie when many folks are over 50, don't want to work hard and are just collecting their paychecks

    Advice to Management

    -Fire all of the dead wood that has collected over the years
    -Reinstate annual raises for solid performers (much less expensive than having to hire/train new workers when the existing workers get fed up and leave)
    -Put back the command and control culture into place - The recent earnings call should tell you that our operational efficiencies are severly lacking; tough measures need to be taken to right the ship
    -Get rid of the forced distribution for ePMs; many top performers get an E, but in that case, others interpret you as "average", therefore not worthy of promo or even a small raise


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work back in the day"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop market leading products.
    Lots of smart peers.
    Good benefits package.
    "Blue chip" company.
    Develop proficiency in Cisco product line.

    Cons

    Long hard hours.
    Can be frustrating to try and improve things.
    Too much politics.

    I've been reading the other reviews here. There seems to be two major complaints that stand out. One is lack of upward mobility or promotions, the other is the enlarged know-nothing middle management and lots of turf wars. These seem to be contradictory. Those that want better promotions... to where? So they can also be "useless" middle managers? Technology companies need people that can actually build stuff. You can't be promoting everybody to management, there is not enough to manage. If you do, then you have the other complaint "too many managers". What is Senior management to do?

    Advice to Management

    Take a cue from IBM, get rid of the fat around the middle. Re-invent yourself as a technology innovator. Discourage nepotism. Focus on quality again.

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