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Cisco Systems India Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
520 Reviews
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Cisco Systems India Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Exposure to latest technological trends; excellent work life balance (in 141 reviews)

  • Work from Home based on project & your relationship with immediate boss (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Vertical growth is slow as its a product company (in 20 reviews)

  • Work-life balance largely dependent on the BU, and team in particular (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow for individual ownership and accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve your resource management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    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)

    Pros

    Challenging work & usually class leading products

    Cons

    Indecisive management without any clear sense of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    CISCO Video Technologies - Nothing great about it

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

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

    Pros

    CISCO brand name - If you are in the good books of senior management, you can survive even without moving a needle in this co. All the perks will be showered to you

    Cons

    No Values, Culture and vision. without these three pillars, co is bound to decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAVE THE COMPANY!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not for Finance folks at India level, maybe good at HQ

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems India full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    WORK LIFE BALANCE (Routine jobs & restricted job responsibility to high quality employee result in lot of free time)

    Cons

    Systems & Processes are not aligned, Multiple systems created in silos & they dont talk to each other

    Quality of Work is poor at country level, maybe good at HQ

    Inflexible HR policy, Bad Gross to Net take home ratio

    No ONE Finance approach

    Finance treated as support function & not business partner/ advisory.. you know what i mean !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive & Foster innovation at country level (bottoms up !!), build integrated systems.

    Map talent to roles (esp lateral hires): Don't throw money recruiting high experience quality resources for jobs good for freshers !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to work. But last few Years Culture is changing more of a India MNC

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is very good. Flex work options.

    Cons

    Low salary , frequent layoff, frequent Re-org, Inexperience Mid-Management Leaders, More of process company and avoiding techies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please chance the culture "EVERYONE CAN BE REPLACED " .Should consider Talent retention.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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