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Excellent internship experience

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Former Employee - College Intern  in  San Jose, CA (US)
Former Employee - College Intern in San Jose, CA (US)

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Great company, very knowledgeable peers from top universities, work is good, good compensation and you learn a lot. Flexibility and work/life balance is unmatched. Free movie tickets, tickets to amusement park, free frequent lunches, great gym, free train pass, lot of intern events with free food, pays for your tuition, San Jose a good place to live. College grads like me these days wants to work for more recent brands like Google, facebook, linkedin, twitter but companies like CISCO and others who have been there from decades are great places to start your career.

Cons

Since its a big organization, promotions and increments are not very frequent and can take time. But again, if you are talented and hardworking, you will get promotions and increments for sure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give more challenging work and dont let people sit ideal

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pretty lame place to work

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    What pros? Come on, everyone I work with wants to leave. Some are actively looking outside the company. Let me see if I can think of a Pro.......pay...sucks.....management.....sucks, nope no Pros.

    Cons

    See above. But let me elaborate. Stocks suck. Company does not have a clue or identity any longer. Management in my team seems extremely distracted, even during my 1:1. Clueless is a good word to use. My annual evaluation was just a repeat of everything I used for my goals, nothing of substance, no personal assessment. Just lame. How fast can I get out of here! Help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new job that you actually care about. Your lack of caring, concern and ethics is very transparent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excessive Cronynism - Too Many Politics

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Telecommuting, training and educational opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    Excessive management, horrible stack rating - meaning you don't get raises or promotions unless you are someone's favorite in upper management, excessive work hours and work load, praise on how well you play the system instead of how good your work is. Politics in this company get worse with each layer of management. No one wants to hear that something won't work even when it won't, they just want to hear you say yes as they take credit for your work. Too many contract workers that have worked in the same position for 5+ years. Positions are made for friends without posting requisitions. It's not what you know, but who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cronyism. Allow review of managers by staff. Change the raise and promotion system, you should not go seven years without a pay increase. I am sure all the executives are not missing out on yearly increases.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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