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Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems
Top 50 rank: 20
Rank in Network and Other Communications Equipment: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.83
Why it's admired
The networking equipment supplier jumps an impressive 11 slots this year, as it continues to stage a strong and speedy recovery from weak sales it suffered during the downturn.

Flush with more than $35 billion in cash, the company has been aggressively pursuing its strategy of growth by acquisition. In March it bought Pure Digital, the creator of the Flip Video brand, for $590 million, and last October it paid $2.9 billion for Starent Networks, a maker of wireless products for large telecoms, hoping to capitalize on consumers' growing quest for smartphones and mobile data. --C.T.

Should Cisco Systems be admired, or what?
Cisco Systems stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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