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Great company overall

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1. Helpful (2)

    Management transparency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company for: - learning techniques - paid advanced education - collaborative work - flexible timing - reasonably convenient workplace environment - good bonus (if paid out)

    Cons

    Upward mobility, especially if you're in middle management is almost impossible unless you're hitched to the right VP/SVP - who is moving upwards. Stock price (saw it slide from over $30 to around $15 in the 2000s)

    Advice to Management

    "Be sincere about utterances such as more transparent management practices". "Weed out the culture of kickbacks and cronyisms brought in by the south asian crowd"


  2. Helpful (6)

    Cico Has A Broken Engineering Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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