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

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Current Employee - Program Manager
Current Employee - Program Manager

I have been working at Cisco Systems

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company, now it become less and less attractive

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    flexible work time. Gym and day care center. Every building has a shower room. Work load is relatively light if you are an above average person. Lots of internal openings in different group, different technology.

    Cons

    Could easily get comfortable and laid back, not learning new things, lost competence to the outside world. Lots of talent and smart people are leaving the company. More and more average Joes joined. Lots of managers, directors, and VPs. Too much middle layer management. Product quality is getting lower and lower. Most of the time, it is because managers are focusing on product releases and adding new features, without giving time for product internal structure improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait until it is broken to fix it. Sometimes it is already too late.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing opportunities, but very stressful and a lot of hidden agendas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Was a rewarding job, great people, great talent. Can accomplish great strides with the resources available. Excellent benefits, people and work environment.

    Cons

    Management is focused on short term wins of outsourcing and has lost site of what made Cisco huge. It has lost a lot of great talent and the remaining talent is focused on doing only what they are told and quick fixes. Too much politics and committees and STRESS

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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