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In the last several days, there have been several erroneous reports in the press, both in North America and internationally, regarding Cisco’s employment and hiring activities in India and the United States, suggesting that we have laid off workers in the U.S. and moved those jobs to India. This is not true. As an industry leader, our moves into a market or geographic area are watched very closely. We thank people for their interest in our innovative technology and who and where we hire, however, we must state for the record that we have not laid off workers in the United States to move jobs anywhere. In 2001, as a result of the economic downtown, we had a reduction in force, but nothing since.We are committed to our presence in the US and we have hired almost 8000 employees here over the last two years, representing more than 50% of our total employment growth overall. In fact, we recently expanded our facilities at our San Jose, California headquarters to accommodate that growth and continue to invest in facilities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and other areas. We now have 56,790 employees worldwide. For an industry leader like Cisco, cost has never been the biggest factor in hiring or growing; quality of talent and potential for innovation has always been the primary driver. There is great opportunity in India as in other developing nations and we are committed to expanding our work force around the world to allow us to continue to grow our business. We have recently established a Global Center in Bangalore and have several senior executives based in that facility as a testament to the importance of the market. As one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, we thank you for your interest in Cisco. If you are interested in a career at Cisco, please visit our jobs site and see what we have available around the world.

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  1. Hi John,Calling upon your statement above, how many of the 8,000 employees hired in the US over the last 2 years were on H1-B visas since in 2006 alone, Cisco hired 828 H1-B visa holders (over 10% of new Cisco US hires for the 2 year period)?Related stories:Network World – Cisco 13th biggest user of H-1B visa foreign worker programNetwork World – Cisco denies moving American jobs to IndiaNetwork World – ‘How to cheat H-1B’ video stokes immigration firesNetwork World – Lawyers in a how-to video: as in how to avoid hiring an AmericanSincerely,Brad ReeseBrad Reese on CiscoNetwork World Cisco Subnet Note: Brad, we do not disclose our H1-B figures. The main point of this blog is to refute the allegation that jobs were somehow leaving the U.S. and being replaced elsewhere. This simply is not true. Further, we have hired in the U.S. at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world.”

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