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Not the old Cisco

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Cisco Systems

Pros

Working with a wide variety of technologies and vertical markets (keeps it interesting and provides opportunity to mitigate economic cycles). Great name and brand to be associated with. The majority of individual contributor employees are team players and want to help you make the company successful.

Cons

Internal processes are suffocating. Funding cuts and headcount freezes, and layoffs w/o back-fill are stifling progress. Promotions appear to go to leaders who manage-up, play manipulative politics and shamelessly self-promote at the expense of their teams. There is little reward/recognition for building strong teams and developing your people. Meeting people who bought the stock at $80, $50, or $30.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Purging the badly conceived boards and councils is a good step, but unfortunately much of the damage has been done to unravel the culture of innovation and empowerment. Micro-management IBM-style financial controls are causing much of the customer and employee pain - give more decision power to those closes to the customer. Cisco-on-Cisco IT used to be a great source of pride and a great reference and proof point for our customers; dysfunctional assimilation of Tandberg is a prime example. HR systems are overly complicated and don't contribute to employee satisfaction.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    great company, CEO has to go

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    broad portfolio of products and services

    Cons

    rotten management at director level or above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove managers with sense of entitlement, remove bureaucratic layers of inefficiency

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good place but becoming very corporate and now having to reinvent itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good benefits - lots of meaningful work, very high quality engineers.

    Cons

    Becoming too large and high overhead - brings some of the usual slowness and some bonehead policies. Rating system is really negative with forced placement of people into "bottom 5%" for example (the old discredited GE system).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to empower people closer to the ground, focus more on teams and less on individuals, and get rid of the whole rating system.

    Disapproves of CEO
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