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Security consultant

May - August 2019 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

Great pay, great opportunities and things to learn.

What I wish was different

Sometimes managers don’t take the best care of their interns- also Cisco does not give return offers at the end of your internship(at least in my department)

Advice

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Project Manager Intern

May 2016 - January 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

There was a lot of opportunity to learn and grow, I was very lucky to have a manager who gave me a great deal of responsibility and allowed me to be involved in all aspects of the projects I was exposed to. This exposure enabled me to learn a lot about how large projects are managed throughout the entire project lifecycle from inception all the way through to project closure. Overall the PM Intern role is very diversified and gives you a huge about of I would say that this is the biggest benefit to working as a PM at Cisco Key Takeaways (Positive): - Lots of opportunity to learn about project management - Lots of exposure to different roles, departments and areas of the company - Flexible environment with work from home opportunities - Path to a full-time offer

What I wish was different

The pay at Cisco is less competitive than other large Fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area, but what you lose in compensation you make up for in flexibility. Overall I would say that being an intern at Cisco is great, but be warned that many people here are set in their ways and are not often open to feedback (especially from interns) and do not always welcome new ways of doing things. Key Takeaways (Negative): - Compensation is on the lower side - You work with a lot of contractors (this makes certain aspects of the job difficult) - Team/Team mates are all in their 40’s/50’s so this makes socializing with coworkers a little more difficult - Change / new ways of doing things is not always welcomed

Advice

I would say the biggest piece of advice I could share would be to get as much exposure as humanly possible to all the parts/pieces of projects you are involved with (from design, requirements gathering, budget + headcount planning, all the way to customer feedback and incorporation). This exposure will not only teach you a lot about how projects are managed but also enable you to explore various different roles and responsibilities that exist throughout your respective department and the company as a whole. This exposure ultimately gave me invaluable perspective and enabled me to learn what I was most passionate about and where my strengths lay.
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Technical Consulting Engineer co-op

January - July 2019 • Research Triangle Park, NC

What I liked

I loved my co-op experience at Cisco! My 6 months there included hands-on work with Cisco’s entire portfolio of hardware and software, opportunities for leadership, mentoring, and project roles. My managers, coworkers, and fellow co-ops were a blast to work with and I never had issues getting help. My technical and troubleshooting skills increased immensely and I always had something new I could learn. When we weren’t working we were taken out for fun events (my favorite was our sailing trip) and volunteer opportunities

What I wish was different

Advice

This co-op doesn’t require you to have the deepest technical knowledge when you start. Go in with a drive to problem-solve and learn and you will thrive - the technical knowledge will follow!
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Marketing Specialist Intern

May - August 2019 • Research Triangle Park, NC

What I liked

The internship was rich with experiences, where I was not only in charge of my own projects but had plenty of networking and professional development opportunities.

What I wish was different

Advice

Schedule 1:1’s with everyone you meet! That way you can learn more about their job role and what you may be interested in, as well as get career advice from those who were recently in your shoes!
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Hardware Engineering Intern

March - August 2019 • Richfield, OH

What I liked

Environment, people, lab work

What I wish was different

I wish I had more to do, some days I didn't have any projects to work on

Advice

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Marketing Specialist Intern

May - August 2019 • Morrisville, NC

What I liked

I loved the environment and the work! Everyone was so helpful and I learned a lot about the professional world. I got to explore different areas of marketing.

What I wish was different

Nothing! This was a wonderful experience. I'm excited to return full-time.

Advice

Don't be afraid to network! Go out of the way to speak to people.
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Business Analyst Intern

June 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

A lot of responsibility Great experience Cross functional GPO resource

What I wish was different

Not creative

Advice

Network
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Mechanical Engineer

July 2013 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Great team, great, manager, great culture. Multi-functional work, both independent and work with others. Well-connected community with lots of resources.

What I wish was different

Better young people culture. It is all mostly folks with families, ranging with kids in college to newborns. It's a very settled, go home after work culture.

Advice

Your work experience is how you make it. Your relationship with your teammates, your manager, mentors, and people you collaborate it, it's all about your attitude and what you bring to the table. Take ownership and manage yourself, your behavior and performance, and your success. If you don't like something, change it.
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The networking opportunities that were available were great even though the internship was virtual. I also enjoyed the intern project which gave us the opportunity to learn more about Cisco's business organizations and how they've been impacted throughout the years.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been in person.

Advice

Use your time wisely. Leverage your connections to meet other Cisco employees. Create a bond with your intern group!
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Technical Sales Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

I was able to take charge of the internship. Cisco gave me the tools to be successful and I was able to make a business impact over the summer. I learned a lot about technology, my strengths, and my weaknesses.

What I wish was different

I was in the Herndon location. There weren't a lot of social events to participate in after-hours. I was thankful to live with three other roommates so I had opportunities to make plans on the weekends.

Advice

Don't be shy about what you know. Let your employer know your strengths and weaknesses so that can put you in places you'll be the most successful. It's great to be challenged, but don't take on too much that you can't finish what you started in a healthy manner.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Very relaxed and friendly work environment

What I wish was different

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Business Analyst

May - August 2019 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Greatest experience that really gave me an advantage to receive 3 full time offers. Huge corporation so position for anyone
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Business Analyst Intern

June 2019 • Denver, CO

What I liked

My favorite part of the job was easily the people I worked with. They made it so that I enjoyed coming in to work every day and learning about a completely new corporate sector. I also really liked living in Denver.

What I wish was different

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Staff Mechanical Engineer

May 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I love my team culture and the business that we run. The work and projects are never short on stock, and each project is always different. In my role, I have the opportunity to work with coworkers from other teams and functions in the company, I get to work with suppliers and manufacturers, traveling when needed but not required, and I get to work with customers. I really get a view of all aspects of a business.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have done more, learned more, and been more exposed to all areas of the business, but it's physically impossible to be in more than once place at the same time, so with the limits of physics in mind, I don't wish anything to be different. My experience was actually perfect!

Advice

Keep talking to people, but be mindful of their time. Stay positive and have a serving heart, you're here to learn as much as you can, even for a short time.
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Finance Intern

July - August 2017 • Research Triangle Park, NC

What I liked

The internship was very dynamic in that it allowed you to do a multitude of projects ranging from short term specific projects to long term vague project. It allowed you to exercise all of your skills and search for resources among the company to solve problems.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was mostré connectivity among the finance interns and other interns.

Advice

Network!!! Please please just meet as many people as you possibly can and make the best impression.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Work life balance. The work I did was exciting and impactful to the company. I worked on a full time team on an actual product. People were willing to help.

What I wish was different

Team I worked on was a little old.

Advice

Meet as many new people as you can.
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Business Analyst

May - August 2019 • Morrisville, NC

What I liked

I loved the culture and how driven Cisco was towards the interns success.

What I wish was different

I wish I was on a different project, and utilized more data analytics in my work.

Advice

Do all you can to learn from mentors!
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The culture was fantastic - very open, collaborative and easy going. Great resources for development.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been given more work from my manager.

Advice

Come ready to learn and ask questions.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Very friendly people. You get to work in teams with a professional manager who will be very knowledgable in their field.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would especially recommend this internship to people looking for a company that hires kind people. If the people you work with really affect how you feel at your job, this is a great place.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

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Advice

Be prepared in your knowledge of data structures and algorithms. Pay attention in CS146!
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