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Great company overall

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Great learning, competitive salary, flexible work hours, healthy work-life balance

Cons

Slow growth, silo-ed experience, executive vision lacking

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage growth, understand what your employees want and try to accommodate them

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Director in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Operations Director in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Empowerment, technology state of art, best of breed in its segment, tools to balance professional and personal life

    Cons

    Frugality everywhere, challenge to prepare people to become leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cisco is a pretty good spot to land if you're coming to Silicon Valley from somewhere else.

    Cons

    Cisco's engineering organization runs on nepotism. The performance reviews happen in reverse: The management decides whom they want to move up, then they give those folks the choice assignments, and at review time everyone declares success and enacts what was predetermined. Any failure to execute is obfuscated so it doesn't impede the process. Cisco's engineering is a giant grinder where the movement of the people up and down is what's important and the products are just a sausage coming out of the side. If you want to do engineering work I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on engineering excellence and build a cult of personality around the software developer like has been done so successfully at Google and Facebook. Make internal product development be driven by rapid prototyping instead of by Powerpoint.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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