#6 Best Company to Work 2008: Cisco Systems

Award: Fortune’s Best Companies: No. 6
Global headquarter: San Jose, California, US

About the company

Cisco Systems was pioneered by a wife-and-husband team, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner in 1984, who were both working as computer operations personnel in Stanford University during the time.

Their very first product developed was a router. The name Cisco was taken from the origin town of the company, San Francisco.

Cisco Systems is today a multinational corporation with a long string of award winning products including switches, remote access, ATM network, IP telephony, office routers and many more. Cisco represents five major brand names, which are Cisco, Linksys, Scientific Atlanta, IronPort and WebEx.

Worldwide operation

Apart from its native country United States, Cisco has worldwide operation covering various continents and countries including United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan, UAE, Uruguay, Algeria, Belgium, Austria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Greece and many others.

Career Opportunities

Cisco offers both technical and non-technical job opportunities in their operation. The jobs available include internship, entry level, professional and top management.

Apart from offering candidates jobs, Cisco also offered technical driven certifications that allow engineers and IT professionals to master certain specific areas of its technology and add values, employability and marketability. Some of them are the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), CCIP, CCIE and so on.

Why Cisco?

At the peak of its growth, Cisco became one of the fastest growing companies in the world, and went public listing within a short span of 6 years. At the turn of the 21st century, Cisco was named as the most valuable company in the world, with an impressive $500 billion value in market capitalization.

What is the Largest Bank in the World Now?

What is the largest bank in the world now?

So, what is the largest bank in the world now? You wonder.

For the first time in history, a bank from Asia has been ranked as the world’s largest bank by market capitalization.

The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, ICBC first disposed off Citibank, which for more than a decade, has ruled the banking world, in mid of 2007 to second place.

6 months later, in January 2008, while ICBC retained its place on top of the table, Citibank continued its free fall, resulting the bank to slump to 7th place. Apart from losing its status as America’s largest banking group to Bank of America and JP Morgan, it also trailed UK’s HSBC and 2 other Chinese banks – China Construction Bank and Bank of China.

China’s boom in stock market and strong performance have contributed to the healthy growth of Asian banks, while Citibank’s major downfall has been attributed by the subprime meltdown and non-performing loans.

Many other groups on the other hand, predicted that the situation will be reversed back to normal with other major banks in the US, particularly Citibank, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase expected to bounce back the worsening economic situation.

Graduates in the United States now are less keen to consider jobs in banking after a series of major job slashing in the industry saw more than 70,000 jobs were cut in both United States and in Europe.

Tuck Business School (Dartmouth College)

Tuck School of Business, which is a graduate business school for Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, US, holds huge reputation, and is largely known for two main reasons.

First, it is the world’s earliest and oldest graduate business school. Secondly, it is one of the best and most prestigious business schools not only in the United States but throughout the world.

Tuck was ranked as the number one business school in the United States for 2007/2008 academic season, ahead of Stanford and Harvard universities. Forbes, Fortune and BusinessWeek consistently rank Tuck at the top of their ranking list every year.

The school offers MBA degree program, as well as a number of short and immediate term academic programs for fresh graduates, part timers and executives. The relatively small size of students, approximately 500 people at one time allows Tuck to streamline their academic programs well and screen graduates of the highest caliber.

Applying to Tuck Business School requires the candidates to complete a series of essays, which lasts for 500 words long each.

Sample of essay questions:

  1. Why is MBA a critical step towards achieving your career goals and ambition?
  2. Why do you feel the MBA program at Tuck suit you?
  3. We define leadership as “nurturing and inspiring others and enable people to achieve great things”. Describe a moment where you have exercised such leadership. What are the challenges and the results?

This is in addition to evaluating the candidate’s academic performance, GMAT scores, standardized test scores, and admission interview. For 2009 academic admission, over 2,2000 candidates applied for 240 slots available, making Tuck one of the most competitive business schools around.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Malaysia was established in 1992 as part of the effort to promote greater awareness and quality standard in the aspect of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

NIOSH is involved in 4 key areas, namely training, consultancy, research and development (R&D), and finally information dissemination.

All of these elements are in line with the legislative framework establishment through the inception of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1994.

Factories required by law to employ Safety and Health Officers (SHO) can send their employees to NIOSH for training and certification. NIOSH officers also render their service to assess workplace hazards and establish appropriate control measures and safety implementation.

Through collaboration with local universities and other tertiary institutions, NIOSH also conduct on-going research, tests and laboratory experiments such as the heat stress effect, and other ergonomic aspects of industrial materials and designs. UiTM, UKM and UTM have so far worked with NIOSH in OSH-related research and development.

NIOSH future plan is to build its own laboratory space which will be fully equipped by the latest, state-of-the-art OSH tools and equipment. It is also expanding its consultancy wing to extend the service to SMEs and MNCs so that the dependency on foreign consultants can be reduced, at the same time recognizing the competency of NIOSH.