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  1. Helpful (7)

    Network Consulting Engineer Advanced Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    - Decent salary and yearly bonus
    - Ability to take advanced training in the latest technologies
    - Take a job, learn the latest technology, jump companies

    Cons

    - No time to take advanced training
    - Zero moral after multiple years of hunger game style layoffs
    - Use to be a positive and energizing environment, no longer the case
    - Endless stream of emails from executives congratulating themselves

    Advice to Management

    Next round of limited restructuring needs to be in executive management

  2. Helpful (2)

    Looks good on resume if you can take the job long enough to keep it on a resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, contributors or non management are usually pretty helpful and great people to work with. You will need this to grow, not get a raise or higher position in the company, but just to grow as an individual. Employees teach each other, all do it yourself style. Not much as far as a how to internally. Work from home, that is a huge plus, but also grants yourself to working longer hours.

    Cons

    Basically no pay raises. Very hard to get yourself put out there as a great contributor. Usually receive a new manager 1 to 2 months before the yearly review which could give you a raise. Easiest way to say, sorry I dont know how good/bad you are, so no raise this year, again. Tired of always working late and hard work being input and nothing getting out. Looking for a new position in another company. Beware if you request a raise too much with the recent yearly employee head chopping, your head will be on the block pretty quickly. Not enough internal communication is given to employees. Too much money spent on buying new companies when Senior Management turn around, fire 4,000 people and say its to keep our stock holders happy. Funny thing is all full time employees are basically stock holders, so who is really supposed to be the happy ones? Yearly survey is sent out, nothing really done with the bad parts, all meetings skip those questions. Too many meetings about things that have nothing to do with your actual work. Example: IT meeting, all hands. All IT must attend. Basically 2 hours talking about how sales is doing and how the cisco.com home page was created. If you work in the NW team, and never deal with that, it was a wasted 2 hours basically.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a goal that internal employees can actually see. Stop pushing all these re-orgs after Cisco buys various companies that get sold 2 years later. Acquasitions are usually supposed to help a company not just bring in more employees that can be easily laid off later. Instead of buying a company to get rid of the competition, create something that will help push Cisco higher. The switch/router industry is seeing a major change and I doubt the present Cisco model is ready for it.

  3. Helpful (8)

    I love Cisco but you are overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and they don't want anything but "yes" people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Work remotely, good benefits, accommodating to family issues.

    Cons

    Too political, promotion by cronyism. It is not what you know that allows you to get ahead, it is who you know. The rating and ranking system does not work, a good employee can get rated with Needs Improvement just because a metric needs to be met. You are not rated on your actual value.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back some of the good people you just let go, and look beyond favoritism to when making decisions to lay people off. Change the rating and ranking program, a good employee should not be marked as Needs Improvement because one manager in the meeting has a more over powering presence than another one.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    stressful, a lot of politics, unfair reward

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    big company, a lot of employers, opportunities within the company

    Cons

    you don't get rewarded no matter how hard you try, it's mostly about politics,
    frequent layoffs even after growing profits, they always have to find bottom 5% even if all the team members tried hard. nonsense company

    Advice to Management

    wake up, stop bullshitting

  6. Helpful (2)

    24 years as technical support engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TAC Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - TAC Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great customer experience. Bleeding edge technology

    Cons

    They get rid of long time employees and outsource their work to India and Costa Rica. The customer support suffers and the customer satisfaction plummets and all they care about is the bottom line. There is no loyalty anymore. They do not care about the employee or the customer. It is all about metrics. Take a case close a case.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and appreciate your AMERICAN born work force

  7. Helpful (3)

    Stay away if you want a life outside of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Fast track learning experience. Lots of sharp people.

    Cons

    Hours may be flexible, but your working all the time. Full time in RTP, but staying up several nights until 3am to complete work / meetings with folks in Bangalore. All while barely understanding a thing said. No help with management to balance the load.

    Advice to Management

    Just move it all to India and get it over with.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Bait and Switch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Intelligent, motivated and interesting colleagues
    Flexible work location if your manager is fine with working from home

    Cons

    If I didn't know better I would think that the primary purpose of Cisco was to produce PowerPoint presentations
    The offices are dirty and filled with broken down sticky, dusty furniture
    They keep temps on for years in permanent positions, basically breaking the social contract that full-time professional employees will be covered by health insurance (essentially outsourcing health care costs)
    Extreme work schedules and I state this coming from a background in Investment Banking, vacations are basically spent working

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some youthful energy . Switch the focus to creative vision and away from consolidating and downsizing.

  9. Helpful (6)

    It all went down hill.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be a good place to work. Experience looks good on a resume. ESSP was a great deal.
    Severance is good, when they offshore you.

    Cons

    In Cali, India or China it is probably an ok job. In RTP, you can be in sales or support and possibly have a future. If you are a Sr. developer in RTP, your future is limited. When you start teaching offshore replacements, be worried. Don't be surprised if you work night and weekends, have great performance reviews, and then are thrown out like old socks.

    Advice to Management

    If your goal is to get rid of your best, brightest, hardest working staff, and breaking up teams that work great together, then you are going an A+ job.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Sweatshop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    I have been contracting with Cisco (under 3 different bosses) for over one year. They never want to pay overtime. Pros: There is a lot of work.

    Cons

    There is too much work --- on average 10- 12 hours per day w/o OT.

    Advice to Management

    Pay Cisco contractors without any hassle.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Only work here if you have NO life or family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Um.... I get to work at home, but that's only because they want me to work even more hours(move this to con) Working from home used to be a great idea, but Cisco uses this to get you to work more hours!!! Don't be fooled!

    I learn a lot from my coworkers.

    I get to say I work at Cisco

    I would have more Pro's if I was on a different team. It's sad really....

    Cons

    Expected to work ALL hours of the day. No respect for people's time even if you have children. I laugh when I hear about "Best Places to Work" My team is a corporate sweatshop. Everyday we are expected to work until 1AM+ when our day starts at 8AM. This isn't happening before a release these hours are everyday! Call me crazy if I actually want to pickup my child, feed her, and take care of her.

    My wife is a single parent after I started working for Cisco because I am ALWAYS working.

    Horrible business processes, horrible quality of data, and horrible workarounds that cause more issues with the data.

    Never in my life have I ever seen managers yell and degrade their employees. I haven't had that directed towards me, but I've been in meetings and witnessed this. I've seen managers yell at employees who want to go home when it's 9PM and they are IN THE OFFICE with NO DINNER when his or her day started at 8AM. This is not a third world country!! Some managers need to stop this mentality!!!!

    Way overly complicated processes and offshoring to India doesn't help matters. It takes weeks to deal with Cisco's customer support which is in India for simple issues or questions that should be a matter of minutes.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your managers and directors! Managers on my team have NO clue the hours we are working nor the labor involved to get the work done.
    Scrap every single ERP, reporting tool, etc.. that you have and start over! Yes this would cost millions, but geez you are spending millions on labor just to deal with the horrible data and processes your systems create!
    Stop with the family friendly garbage cause you are NOT! If you think so send out a survey and follow up. Be sure to include your slave labor I mean your contractors.

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