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One of the best place to work

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Jose, CA (US)
Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA (US)

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 3 years

Pros

Good Management, Flexible work schedule.

Cons

Too many managers Takes time to adapt to new technology

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not very good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Big company with good base salary

    Cons

    Difficult to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some young talented people

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A generally decent company which makes lots of $ and is wealthy, but treats employees as if it were poor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package. Financially stable. Wide range of products and many internal opportunities. Engineering has talented people and can still generate a new product or enhance existing product quickly. Money not a problem (available) when needed to fix customer issues or accelerate engineering to achieve a market window.

    Cons

    Benefits have been trimmed continuously (for years) on a regular basis. Bureaucracy increasing. Too much infrastructure has been outsourced (i.e. benefits, payroll, HR). Visibility (top down and bottom up) into the "business" (specifically from Engineering) decreasing. Business Units have too much control to design/market product or acquire companies with "non core-value". Specifically, consumer products with no profit margin (linksys, video cameras). Commodity (i.e. data storage, tablets) with huge established players (NetApp, EMC, Apple - more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cisco is still top heavy. Employees saw last years measure to reduce director, upper and exec management as a joke. Stay focused on our core expertise - switching and routing. Spare NO EXPENSE to keep or acquire the talent to maintain that lead. Marketing is not listening to Engineering when it comes to quality and even viability of products. Cius was a fiasco. Upper management does not seem to be listening to Engineering or is keeping key people "in the dark" while products are considered. Wall Street hates Cisco--Get used to it. Chicken-shit like "saving 45 million by forcing employees to take PTO" is NOT going to raise the stock price and is just another example of a rich company whipping the employees in the name of frugality, while NOT having done the needful like trimming upper mgmt. Too much variability in the BUs and too little Exec Control to NOT have non-viable/profitable product.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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