Fantastic place to work with great work/life balance and extraordinary benefits
Program Manager/Project Manager (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – January 11, 2018
Worked with UK team (via video and SJ teams (2/3 by video and the rest in person). Morning meetings mainly b/c of UK aspect. Various meetings throughout day including AGILE daily scrum, weekly bug prioritization and bi-weekly planning sessions. Weekly customer troubleshooting. Weekly report compilation.
During my time at Cisco I learned much about how to avoid conflict in a team environment before it became a problem, how to cut down to the bare minimum in order to communicate status in quickly and easily digestible forms, and perhaps most valuable learning about other cultures and in some cases religions given the demographic makeup of the teams I was part of and interacted with (Cisco prides itself on diversity)
Management was clear and fair and efficient, I very much enjoyed working for all my managers throughout my time at Cisco.
The hardest part of my job was during the final push towards release date, as there were many ISO-9000 mandated gates we had to complete before release, but needed to be far enough along in development before we could start this activity.
Easily the most enjoyable part of my job were the people I worked with, who were dutiful of their responsibilities, as well as being fantastic, funny and fun people to work with. I thought I would hate the move to open floor office space, but in fact loved the social aspect of it.
Onsite Cafe that had a phenomenal breakfast
In my case career advancement was ill-defined, but that is clearly also partly my fault