Taking a Likelihood on Cisco


Darshan K. wearing a Cisco baseball hat.I’ve at all times been a career-oriented particular person. That mentioned, when my place at my earlier firm was eradicated just a few years again, I made a decision to take a brief sabbatical to deal with some inventive tasks and discover self-employment alternatives. Sadly, this transient sabbatical took an extended flip due to the COVID pandemic. I resumed my job search in direction of the top of 2021, and with my 25+ years of expertise, I used to be capable of get a number of interviews and gives in a brief span of time, together with one from Cisco.

I did my due diligence on all the businesses I acquired gives from and noticed that Cisco was named the #1 Greatest Office, not simply within the U.S. a number of instances, however in lots of different nations. So, lots of people made the willpower that Cisco is a good place to work, no matter their background and tradition, which indicated to me that Cisco cared about its folks and promised an inclusive atmosphere. The individuals who had interviewed me at Cisco had actually been extra welcoming and pleasant throughout the interviews in comparison with the interviewers at different corporations.

Cisco wasn’t the best paying of the job gives. The title was two ranges decrease than my earlier place, the place I used to be a Senior Director. I used to be conflicted between the logic of extra money and a greater title and the emotion of experiencing an inclusive, various, nice office. However the extra I learn concerning the firm, the extra I felt inclined to take an opportunity on Cisco. My coronary heart and intestine gained, and right here I’m, finishing one yr as a Cisconian.

My expertise to this point has been higher than I ever anticipated! Going into my position, I had mentally ready myself for some disappointment and adjustment working at a decrease degree. As an alternative, the expertise I carry to this group could be very a lot appreciated and revered. I’m thought-about a Topic Matter Professional in my space of sourcing and vendor governance. My supervisor understands and values my expertise and lets me work very independently, solely stepping in once I ask for his help on one thing. My Vendor Administration crew in Cisco IT, in addition to my Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations (HCIO) purchasers are all extraordinarily supportive and useful.

I’ve additionally joined the Ladies of Cisco Worker Useful resource Group, amongst different Inclusive Communities. In the future, I learn a message the place somebody was speaking concerning the tattoo they received — a dialog that may have been taboo at any of my different workplaces — and shortly, there have been folks posting about their physique artwork. As I learn via the messages and noticed the photographs, I thought of a nostril piercing I used to have. My mother had one too. It’s a cultural factor for us.

Darshan K. holding a Cisco cup.I’m initially from India and have been within the U.S. for 25 years. I’ve spent half of my life in India and the opposite half within the U.S. and am nonetheless very related to my roots and tradition, however I’ve additionally adjusted and tailored myself to life right here within the U.S. — I’m now a mix of the East and West. In my earlier jobs within the finance and insurance coverage industries, I had felt that my nostril ring was a career-limiting alternative. Nobody had truly mentioned something, however the best way folks checked out me, it was obvious that it could maintain me again in my profession. So, I eliminated my nostril ring, and the piercing ultimately closed. Now, I’m pondering of getting my nostril pierced once more — on my subsequent journey to India! — as a result of I really feel Cisco’s work tradition would help that. It’s such part of me, my tradition, and it jogs my memory of my mother. I really feel comfy and accepted for who I’m, and I may be my complete self at Cisco!

In my total 25+ yr profession, I’ve labored in several nations, geographies, and for numerous corporations and purchasers in a number of industries. By no means have I labored for such an organization the place even the Government Management Staff strives to attach with their workers and create an atmosphere the place everybody feels included and appreciated, no matter who they’re and the place they’re from.

I’m comfortable I took the prospect on Cisco, and now I, too, can say that it’s an important place to work!

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