The Golden Globes. The Oscars. The Bloggies. The Fortune “Best Companies to Work For.” Some of them have been announced, some are coming soon.Cisco was not nominated for The Golden Globes or the Oscars this year, but for the 10th year in a row, Cisco has been named one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S by Fortune Magazine. In 2007, Cisco is number 11, up from number 25 in 2006, making the company the largest technology employer in the top 20.What makes Cisco a great place to work? In my estimation (I wasn’t surveyed), smart people; smart, innovative, relevant products; an aspirational mission to change the way we work, live, learn and play through the network; on-site dental, daycare, haircuts, oilchanges, drycleaning; ownership: virtually all employees are shareholders; and last, but not least, a real passion among employees and our executive team that we really are making a difference in the world by connecting people through the network, whether it is for healthcare, entertainment, education, retail, research or whatever. While you may think it sounds cheesy, we truly believe that the network is the platform for all of life’s interactions. Who makes that network? That’s right, the #11 best place to work in America and proud of it!!Congratulations, of course, to our Silicon Valley neighbors who also made the list: Google (#1), Genentech (#2), Network Appliance (#6), Adobe Systems (#31), Intuit (#33) and Yahoo! (#44).