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"Good place but becoming very corporate and now having to reinvent itself"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good benefits - lots of meaningful work, very high quality engineers.

Cons

Becoming too large and high overhead - brings some of the usual slowness and some bonehead policies. Rating system is really negative with forced placement of people into "bottom 5%" for example (the old discredited GE system).

Advice to Management

Start to empower people closer to the ground, focus more on teams and less on individuals, and get rid of the whole rating system.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Cisco has out sourced it's culture and now we're out sourcing our common sense and good judgement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, still recognized as good branding on your resume. Work life balance is ok.
    Pay is ok, but not competitive with other industry leaders. There are good people still left in the company to mentor you, but they are quickly leaving.

    Cons

    Cisco is in a constant Limited Restructure (Lay off) mode. When a group fails at a project the leadership moves to another group and the engineers are laid off. Way to many VPs Directors and managers. There are managers with only one or two people under them. Same with Directors and VPs. Cisco has lost its focus and the Senior Leadership team is driving the ship into the icebergs. Pay raises and promotions are only available to the managers and above. Cisco considers it an insult to give a 2% pay raise to cover cost of living, so they may give you 5% every 5 or 6 years. Recent Cisco motto is Be thankful you have a job!

    Advice to Management

    The market says it well, Cisco is dead in the waters. We are the laughing stock of San Jose as well as Wall Street. Fire the board members and change the whole Senior Leadership. ANd maybe the stock will go up and we can regain our self respect finally. Stop out sourcing jobs to boost your stock options and pay.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Politics over performance, career advancement non-existant, top-heavy management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers were always great. Management left much to be desired.
    Some new technology explored but that depended on which group you worked in.

    Cons

    Advancement based on politics and not on performance. 5-10% of workforce routinely let go based on annual forced ranking (you ended up higher in ranking if you were friendlier with decision makers -- individual performance didn't matter). Managers never subjected (fired) based on the 5-10% ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to severely trim middle and upper managers who fit one of the following: have no reports, were promoted based on Peter principle or who they knew, or are incompetent (based on poor team performance).


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