Great teams attempting to redefine the technology infrastructure business
Information Architect (Former Employee) – Milpitas, CA – July 18, 2016
Cisco has exceptional teams hard at work on overcoming legacy challenges and remaking the business into a future-oriented enterprise. That is demanding, difficult, and sometimes requires heroic effort. But most Cisco rank and file engage the work with skill and optimism.
I learned just how tough it is to design and implement changes to architecture, process, information, and systems in a 70,000 person enterprise with complex, overlapping lines of business. Most of my managers were great people and all of my teams were good people.
A huge amount of time is spent in meetings, which were fortunately a mix of in-person and virtual meetings. The technical work sessions were the best, because it allows serious intellectual work to understand topics. The larger motivational meetings were, however, of dubious value, at least to me.
Overall, Cisco may be unique in at least one way: it is a large legacy company that seriously tries to work like a start-up. This has pros and cons, and is almost always confusing. Still, I'm thrilled to have 8 exceptional years at Cisco and will never forget it.