The fourth annual #WeAreCisco #LoveWhereYouWork contest has officially come to a close. In four years of this contest employees have posted over 10,000 pictures showing why they love working at Cisco. That’s a lotta love, people!
This year alone during the contest’s six weeks employees submitted 4,000 photos. For each photo, $2 was given to a group of charities. And not just any group of charities, these are special. Through nominations, our employees selected their colleagues who they thought represented our culture of giving back the most. So for each submission in this year’s contest employees were earning money for the causes that their colleagues care about the most.
Every year the core team and the judges are plagued with how hard it is to select winners from the fantastic entries that we get. It’s not a bad problem to have, but this year was no different. So as you see the list of winners below, just know that there are several more that could’ve easily made it in the top. Because we really, really, really love working at Cisco.
Without further ado, let’s have a drumroll please . . .
Grand Prize Winner
Alejandra Salgado Ramirez
This photo made our judges go “wow!” For Alejandra, she was in the right shirt at the right time with the right camera. This consulting engineer from Mexico City takes home the best in show. “I was on vacation and found a beautiful spot to take pictures, I had my Cisco t-shirt so I decided to take funny pictures on this beautiful beach. Because working at Cisco is always having fun.”
Category: Be the Bridge
Winner: Piotr Bachowski
Cisco’s new brand campaign shows how employees are the bridge to making so many things possible. Piotr is a business analyst from Krakow, and posted this with his entry from the Mount Kazbek summit (5047 m): “Because there are no mountains which we cannot climb.”
Category: Fur Kids
Winner: Bernardo Gomez
Meet Ruperta, who is a cute stand in for her “pawpa” Bernardo, who is a marketer in Mexico City. “I love the diversity of my co-workers and the freedom we have in order to create and innovate. Just look at her, she is ready to change the world.”
Category: Giving Back
Winner: Lori Paschall
Lori lives for giving back. This client service consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina not only participates in the St. Baldrick’s shave to raise money for cancer research for kids, but she’s also willing to roll up her sleeves and do whatever the situation calls for. “Giving back is in our DNA” is what she posted with this image.
Category: Photography Techniques
Winner: Sato Tabuchi
Sato, who is part of our Sales team in Tokyo, Japan, wanted to capture a different viewpoint of his teams’ skiing outing. “Had a great time with the Cisco Snow Sport Club in Niseko, Japan! 🇯🇵 Our president Dave West joined us with his family :)”
Category: Best of Teams
Winner: Corey Bobeck
Of course, we think all of our customer success managers are superheroes, but Corey and his second floor caped crusaders are taking things to new heights. “I could not be more happy to contribute to the success of Webex and our Partners with this crew! Collaborating and learning from each other every day, and having some fun at the same time!”
Category: We Love Our Technology
Winner: Dhanavanthan Dhasarathan
Dhanavanthan Is a QA software engineer in Chennai India, and thought he would have a little bit of “lab fun” with our devices.
Category: Work from Anywhere
Winner: Amy Akers Bahlo
Amy is a sales account manager in Houston, and is clearly a busy mom at the same time. “All ‘kidding’ aside, this is what our mornings look like as I race out the door…waffles and Webex! When you love where you work, your customers/partners, and most of all your little ones at home…you are so thankful for the flexibility of Cisco!”
Category: Cisco Kids
Winner: Tom Hollander
We heard that mom and dad were having a hard time finding a name for this little one. We vote for “Cisco!” It has a nice ring to it, no? Regardless, you are looking at a future Cisconian, but for now dad is just “enjoying some family time” in Israel, before returning to work as a software engineer on our Cloud Security team.
Category: Take Diversity To Heart
Winner: Carter Green
Carter, a US project manager, posted his #LoveWhereYouWork photo on the day of love – Valentine’s Day. “Throwback to Frankfurt Pride 2018 for Valentine’s. It was so fun marching in the parade and representing Cisco. ”
Winner: Ardra Ramachandran
When you love where you work you create hearts in your hair! Ardra is a software engineer in Chennai India, and also submitted a fun animated gif of her “new do.” We think it makes a great fashion statement!
Category: Logo Love
Winner: Nikki Monter
Cisco will make you: jump! jump! Nikki, from the Philippines, is a virtual systems engineer in our Sales organization. She loves the Cisco logo so much that she captured this “jumpshot” of her team’s joy. “Great to see Cisco even on the seashore!”
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