Cisco Meraki

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ichu-jacob

Fandor Ops

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Tech nerd who specializes in startups and People and Operations. During my free time I like to help others with Professional Development.
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Jul 18, 2017 21 Comments

Hey all,

a recruiter reached out to me from Cisco Meraki and I was wondering what it is like working there. I saw mixed reviews on Glassdoor and was wondering what are the benefits? perks? any pros and cons with the company I want all the dirt!

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  • Cisco / Product
    one of the great places to work under Cisco umbrella.. completely autonomous, startup culture, free food and less risk for startup experience with $60 B bankroll from the mothership
    Jul 18, 2017 3
    • Fandor / Ops
      ichu-jacob

      Fandor Ops

      BIO
      Tech nerd who specializes in startups and People and Operations. During my free time I like to help others with Professional Development.
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      OP
      I heard complaints with HR in regards to PTO is it bad? good?
      Jul 18, 2017
    • Cisco / Product
      not sure on anything specific..it's take when you want policy
      Jul 18, 2017
    • New / Other
      PlaTpus

      New Other

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      Cisco
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      4x Startup life, 1x Series A, 1x Founder
      PlaTpusmore
      PTO is standard, maybe complaints come because lots of other start-ups have unlimited but I never had any trouble taking time off when I needed to and depending on your manager it might not all even need to be "officially" taken PTO
      Jul 23, 2017
  • New / Ops
    EQBp33

    New Ops

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    Yahoo, Cisco
    BIO
    Sysop and Sysadmin with Product Mgmt background
    EQBp33more
    Cisco used to be hard working but positive and fairly enjoyable. Then it just became hard working. Most everything JC promised, and we all worked extra hard for never happened . It just became a culture of hard work including international hours and obligations, and little good spirits. People left, quit, or got fired/reduced/right-sized. All the good feelings were gone and that is nearly impossible to get back in a large company culture.
    I left in 2012 but just a month ago I had a friend leave after, oddly , 13 years. I asked why and what it was like . He mostly echoed the same things, which tells me the culture could not have changed that much. I am sure there are some pockets and places in the company but I'm pretty bearish on them. In a pinch if I needed the job would I work there? Maybe briefly, but I would be planning on an exit the day I entered. Are there other companies like this? Sure. But I work at a small 1000 person govt contractor where the pay is a little less, but I work regular hours and they treat me better without being fancy.
    I, like many, worked a lot of long hours without nearly any thanks as it was just 'expected'. Compensation went way down to just a flat paycheck and medical got worse. But the work stayed constant and the culture was chronically 'frustrated' with a strong negative tone. Once near the end of my tenure JC finally sent out an email stating how the company had a strategy of acquiring and then cutting resources. That explained many things we had experienced . My package when I left was not justan insult but hurt my family as well as it was far less than any traditional level . I know one or two folks still there but most of those as can be expected were from the old days riding tenure. I've met people at my last two companies since along with some outsiders that had been at Cisco and pretty much the are bearish on théir experience too. Maybe someday I will meet some bullish folks but that day has yet to come.
    Jul 19, 2017 2
    • Fandor / Ops
      ichu-jacob

      Fandor Ops

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      Tech nerd who specializes in startups and People and Operations. During my free time I like to help others with Professional Development.
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      OP
      thank you for that!
      Jul 19, 2017
    • Cisco agentbob
      None of what he said applies to Meraki. It's basically a separate company entirely.
      Jul 20, 2017
  • Apple dirghern
    Any other feedback on meraki? I'm debating on their offer at the moment--any other comments is welcomed
    Jul 20, 2017 7
    • Cisco / Product
      is that better than your apple comp ? Cisco mothership gives RSU's to IC's as well, not sure about acquisitions..
      there's definitely better work - life balance, interesting work , startup culture...
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Apple dirghern
      Interesting, thanks for sharing. The base is def higher (I have 2 years experience, base is 125k at the moment). Full package though with RSUs from apple, it's not more than my apple offer-- barely on par.
      Vibe I got from the meraki team was great, negotiating at the moment to see if they can get more..problem is they may have a cap as to how much they'll give someone with my years of experience :(
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Cisco / Product
      which role ?
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Cisco agentbob
      Meraki is very young. I would say the average age is 27. They do start up stuff like ski trips, in office happy hours, bring your dog to work, and similar things. The office is within walking distance to at&t park and Caltrain. From what I've heard, it's probably a more lax culture than apple. They don't have the benefits of telecommuting like Cisco does though.
      Jul 22, 2017
    • New / Other
      PlaTpus

      New Other

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      Cisco
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      4x Startup life, 1x Series A, 1x Founder
      PlaTpusmore
      They are subject to Cisco salary bands so keep that in mind when negotiating.
      Jul 23, 2017
  • Extreme Networks bbdm83
    Low pay
    Aug 12, 2017 0
  • New / Mktg Mktjobhunt
    I just applied for the Meraki marketing team. I hope I get an interview!
    Oct 20, 2017 0
  • New / Ops
    EQBp33

    New Ops

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    Yahoo, Cisco
    BIO
    Sysop and Sysadmin with Product Mgmt background
    EQBp33more
    you are welcome fwiw
    Jul 19, 2017 0
  • Fandor / Ops
    ichu-jacob

    Fandor Ops

    BIO
    Tech nerd who specializes in startups and People and Operations. During my free time I like to help others with Professional Development.
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    OP
    can you elaborate?
    Jul 19, 2017 0
  • New / Ops
    EQBp33

    New Ops

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    Yahoo, Cisco
    BIO
    Sysop and Sysadmin with Product Mgmt background
    EQBp33more
    I am probably the other side of the coin but after 13 years at Cisco I am less positive. I am sure there are decent pockets in such a big company. Yup. Yet there is a reason almost absolutely nobody I knew or met there is still there .
    Jul 18, 2017 0
  • Fandor / Ops
    ichu-jacob

    Fandor Ops

    BIO
    Tech nerd who specializes in startups and People and Operations. During my free time I like to help others with Professional Development.
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    OP
    thanks! I am excited for my interview with you guys :)
    Jul 18, 2017 0