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A very great place to work, it feels like a company that cares even though it is a large company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Cisco Systems

Pros

An excellent yearly review system that results in an impressive bonus. Management is accesible and each year you have an opportunity to have a lunch with the CEO (and many others with the same birthday of the month) and ask him a question if you want to. Egronimic services are available to customize your desk if that is what you need.

Cons

there could be more effort to compete with the tech start ups in providing a more interesting workplace. The offices are a bit drab.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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    Getting too difficult to get things accomplished

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lots of interesting technology and challenging projects to work on. Dedicated and knowledgeable individual contributors and first line managers.

    Cons

    Too many directors and VP's, most of whom are too concerned with agreeing with and keeping their bosses happy than with making real progress. Too slow to make necessary changes, such as getting rid of Councils/Boards structure, eliminating redundant products, and stepping away from product areas (consumer) where they are incapable of succeeding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision on what to do about Linksys and Scientific Atlanta product lines. Get a new CEO. Replace most of the Board of Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor company only interested in short term gains at the expense of emplyees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Lawrenceville, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Lawrenceville, GA (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    4 weeks of vacation, remote working for some individuals.

    Cons

    Dog eat dog company. If you are not living in San Jose, you will never get anywhere. They are good at spreading the propoganda stating they are such a good company, and love their employees so much, but reality is your just a lackey of your superiors. Huge egos within the company must be constantly fed, regardless of who is harmed by thier ambition. Increases in company revenue is driven by constant aquisitions, not organic growth, which is one reason why the stock is way off, and the company fell out of favor on Wall Street. If you are not willing to advance at all costs, this place is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John, how about going 1 year without an aquisition, and lets see how your revenue trends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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