One week ago I received the following blog comment:
"Cisco has an over bloated executive structure. The whole reason they had 'executive councils' was to justify the large amounts of execs. When the councils disbanded, they started this '2-in-a-box' model. In other words, every VP is doubled up. As in 2 people in one VP slot. Instead of going to a 'council' meeting, an individual contributor now has up to 6 VPs in front of him/her.
"Cisco is aggressively eliminating people and business units. However, when they eliminate a BU, the people in the BU are terminated but the VPs remain. The VP is then put into this '2-in-a-box' with another VP. As a result, the number of VPs in Cisco are way off the charts. Bottom line, they essentially reinvented the 'executive councils' in another form."