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Is layoff coming to Cisco?

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Last Thursday John Chambers of Cisco sent a remarkably candid memo to Cisco employees.

My folks live not too far from Cisco’s headquarter in the Silicon Valley. When I visited my family this past Christmas, I had the opportunity to talk to a friend who has been working for Cisco for over a decade.

To my surprise, his morale was really low. He basically told me that he felt that the company had a lot of fat, and a layoff had to happen to get rid of some of the extra weight the company had put on. Also, his job had become so specialized in a huge corporation that he was just a tiny drop in the vast ocean. It is not the same Cisco he had known.

Cisco was one of the most successful high tech companies in the history of Silicon Valley. But, it has definitely lost a step or two (or several steps) in the past few years. It’s facing increasing competitions from multiple angles. It didn’t help that it had made several ill advised acquisitions that wasted a lot of money.

Reading through the memo, it sounds that John Chambers wanted to return Cisco to its core. I want to believe he is making the right moves, but he cannot make the changes without a major organizational shake-up.

It’s going to happen. I hope it happens soon and it will be done in the right way – a healthy Cisco will be good for the Silicon Valley.

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