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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

no competition, have much tens but minimum working hours

Cons

there is no any reason at all

Advice to ManagementAdvice

please don't copy with others

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Company still too top heavy, but with some great employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderful employees at Cisco, and generally a very strong work ethic. Most people are genuinely trying to do their best for the company. There is a good opportunity to work globally and certainly to experience interaction with people from around the world, using virtual collaboration tools.

    Cons

    Weak HR means that managers deal with an antiquated performance management process (based on a 15 year old GE model); lots of unhealthy politics at the SVP level and too many Directors sitting pretty due to tenure; recent RIFs have taken a slice out of the workforce, but not out of the much more expensive layers of the organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the new HR leader to implement real and substantive change to performance management, management education, and to create an independent HR function. Before relentlessly pursuing a shared service model, perform adequate impact assessments on the impacted functions - we're entering a world of pain in the name of Opex cutting, which will have to be reversed when the complaints become too great to ignore (by which time, the orchestrators will have been promoted or moved to their next 'big' role at another tech company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Manager in Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management organization

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    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Manager

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a world-class organization with extraordinary people and opportunities. There is no shortage of challenge and opportunities can follow demonstrated performance -- particularly if located in San Jose, CA

    Cons

    Despite its global foot-print, Cisco remains a San Jose centric company from a leadership standpoint and --despite best-in-class collaboration technologies in its product portfolio -- opportunity standpoint. The company is trying to re-establish geographic proximity of colleagues to align with MIT viewpoint on Agile PLM framework. This is beyond silly on a campus where over 40 buildings and back-to-back meetings have employees calling in and WEBEX'ing into meetings where folks are in the same area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.) get over co-location. It cannot scale.
    2.) stop chasing HP to the bottom. Cisco will irreparably break if Mgmt tried to get to HP numbers. Focus needs to change to being best metrics per segment space and lose focus on overall GM.
    3.) announce a meaningful retirement plan for Chambers and Pond and stick to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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