Cisco Systems India Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Cisco Video Technologies - Better avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Note: This is about Cisco Video Technologies.
    It was OK before Cisco acquisition at least in terms of the limited technology they work on.
    It had the charm of a 'small' company before.

    Cons

    Note: This is about Cisco Video Technologies.
    1. Heavy Politics, favoritism.
    2. Enormous number of managers , some managers have merely 1 or 2 direct reporting employee!
    3. After Cisco acquisition, Nds (D)Managers are struggling to keep their positions.
    4. Bonus/company Share and other perks for only if you are in a "well connected " loop , ie if you are your managers favorite.
    5. Initial employees who played dirty politics during NDS days and who was having NDS EMP_No < 200 became managers. Don't expect any etiquette not managerial skills from them.
    6. LayOffs
    7. Good that Cisco removed Bell Curve. This tool was used by Nds managers as a means to give big hike only to managers favorites.
    8. Work wise, you will be doing repetitive work.
    9. If you are in Manual QC job, this is going to be their end of career. (Play with TV and remote)
    10. Basically after Cisco acquisition, Managers are feeling the heat, they are brutally exposed of their incompetence.

    Many More....

    Advice to Management

    What is the point.

  2. Not much of challenging work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Cisco Systems India

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    working from home, flexibility, good pay structure, take care of employees when they travel

    Cons

    management is not fixed. They keep taking decisions which impacts employees. For example, they acquired video camera company (knowing that smartphones are taking over) and then closed it. They started with enterprise tablet and closed it. Fired too many employees.

    Advice to Management

    need to take right decisions. Dont fire employees just for sake of it.

  3. Good company, but high number of prospective mental patients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - R&D Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Cisco Systems India

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, cafeteria and cab service.
    Work from home.
    Annual health checkup.

    Cons

    Lay offs - don't get fooled by claims of only bottom 5% of performers get the boot. Cisco threw out some very dedicated and talented people in 2014. Business plans change on a whim, and good people lose jobs. 2-3 years down the line, you will pay the price for the shallow decisions taken today.
    Your experience depends on which team you join. Beware if you get an offer from teams with higher percentage of Malayalees, specially women. Most of them are horrible co-workers, even if they are good at their work. They do mean and unprofessional things to bring others down and work hard to build an empire and bring more of their kind in.
    Some managers are clueless, weak, promote favouritism and play people against each other. Some of them do not possess much technical knowledge and project themselves as "people managers". If you sense that your manager is harming your career prospects and not letting you develop in the areas that interest you, do not let it go. Leave, or try to remedy the situation smartly.
    If you are not highly competitive and don't suck up to the right people, you will not survive here. You need to be tough, question everything, and trust no one.
    Every few months, you will hear news of an employee committing suicide or dying of a heart attack.

    Advice to Management

    Intensify the background checks process. There are some people with issues such as alcoholism, psychiatric disorders, shaky educational and career background who currently work here.
    Deal strictly with bullies, even if they are good performers. HR never bothers about complaints of bullying and harassment.

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    getting worse and bad....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work from Home, Good company for trainings, and learning

    Cons

    High level politics, routine lay-off, no criteria for lay-off, now days more US centric, promotions only in you are in a political group. Not any more good company to work for... it is a ice berg...
    no scope for growth if you are hard working....political pressure to share your work with some favourable workers...

    Advice to Management

    You always look your self in the mirror before making any hard decision. You should change the strategy, frequent lay-offs never helped company. You should start considering the employee feedback from exit interviews , instead of loosing good and hard working employees. This year you had lost of at least 50% of hard working people.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Lot of politics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Good place to work for women
    2) Lot of flexibilities.

    Cons

    1) Lot of politics which percolates down from senior management to the lowest levels.
    2) Senior management lack technical knowledge.
    3) Work on weekends
    4) Not much quality work left in most departments
    5) Compensation is very low and perks negligible

  7. Too much of layoff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good opportunity to work on new technologies
    WFH option available
    Good rewards
    Great outings

    Cons

    Question your manager and you will be laid off the company in the name of organization reorg even if your performance and rating is good.

    Advice to Management

    Please give exact reason to employees before laying off rather than providing high level reorg as a lame reason.

  8. Working in CISCO for more than 5 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative culture. High individual respect. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Highly engineering driven organization. Development teams have complete control. Take all decisions related to HR, finance and operations. Not much say for support organizations in the company. Everyone aspires to become an engineering manager just for this control.

    More emphasis on perceptional evaluation than actual work related achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for individual ownership and accountability.

  9. My Personal Experience with Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very good pay masters. Employee Friendly.

    Cons

    One has to be in good Business Unit in Cisco to grow. A bad unit with bad management, no growth, not worth.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your resource management.

  10. Poor vision and management ( at least in select BU's)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Architect in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work & usually class leading products

    Cons

    Indecisive management without any clear sense of direction

    Advice to Management

    Needs a change at the top for sure and the entire process of handling with acquired companies also needs relooking.

  11. Nowhere related to Cisco brand name, or CISCO Bangalore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Name, Infrastructure, Senior Management, Policies,

    Cons

    Pathetic Work Life balance, Second class immediate management, limited growth and opportunities,
    stagnant career path, very old style programming methodologies, pseudo modernism, unnecessarily process heavy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work/life management
    Give the engineers some time to relax, think and come up with innovative ideas
    Rotate the team
    Do not promote someone to Manager's position just for the years of experience he/she has.

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