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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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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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    Current Employee - NCE
    Current Employee - NCE

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very satisfied with the work that you will provide for the customer, and projects are awesome.

    Cons

    Not much of a work life balance.

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    Good company to work for...but, seems to want to avoid transition to being a great one.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    - Good management. Much better people skills than most tech companies.
    - Executive leadership you can respect.
    - Good starting salaries, generous cash bonuses, good ESPP.
    - Stability, many employees make a career of working here through retirement; unique in this field.
    - By far the most accepting work environment for employees of diverse backgrounds; in my personal experience (comparing to Microsoft, Bank of America, Intel, Government, and some smaller techs.).

    Cons

    - Benefits are weak. Insurance portion you pay is higher than other are companies. No sick days.
    - Unlike most techs, stock awards and options are limited to a select few high-level folks.
    - 70's sweatshop work environment: cubicles, no offices. Bad for engineering; maybe ok for...
    - Infrastructure is clunky. Patchwork of Oracle/Unix stuff from the '90, inefficient internal tools.
    - Cisco IT sucks (sounds mean, but I'm understating.) Product teams outsource for reliable IT.
    - Promotion path is fuzzy, many employees give up in frustration and advance through leaving.
    - 4 weeks PTO sounds good, but they force to use one for annual company shut-down, so it's really only 3. And, you get no sick days, so people tend to work when ill rather than blow the family vacation, which in turn infects more people. (Contrast with 2 sick weeks, all holidays, plus 5 weeks vacation for senior people at Microsoft and other companies.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cons are easily fixable, and it wouldn't cost that much to make Cisco as attractive to employees as the Facebooks, Amazons, Googles, Microsofts, etc. that been siphoning off some of our prime talent. Please make the investment to take us from good, to a great workplace.

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