Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. IT Analyst

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    No real work
    Cushy salary
    Working hard meant saying the right things to the right people at the right time

    Cons

    No accountability on anyone's part.
    Everyone is looking out for their own promotion
    Confused sense of culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone and start over. Make technical skills a requirement for everyone. Even just the basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. About cisco

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing as far as I can think off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Sr. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Used to be a great company, where the CEO was concerned about his employees. Today, all he cares about is the bottom line. Doesn't care about the health of the employees

    Cons

    Too political... Experience does not matter to this company. They only look at 20 or 30-year-olds with no experience and that will take that job at low-cost. All about the bottom line. People do not matter. Used to be a great company in the 90s, but all they look for now, is trying to cut costs anywhere they can

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst company to work for for women

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging job. I worked on some cutting edge products and technologies.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant, and women are not treated well, not given promotions. Careers stall out at some point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Curb nepotism and get some diversity in your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst Company Ever

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    You have so little work and responsibility that you're free to just not show up for work and do your own thing. Use this time to search for other jobs or learn skills that will help you get other jobs. Can coast your entire career here doing nothing and still end with about a 200k salary.

    Cons

    Everyone here is unmotivated. It's like the McDonalds of tech companies. Only stay here if you too are unmotivated. Otherwise gain some skills on Coursera and leave to the other awesome companies in the Silicon Valley. Sure you'll work longer hours, but you won't hate your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more intelligent employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    External consultant

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Constant layoffs are really demoralizing

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    old school company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Let me think for a while....

    Cons

    Too many to even begin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs an infusion of awe inspiring leaders.

  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Horrible politics, terrible leadership

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    coworkers are fantastic and very supportive.

    Cons

    you get no where if you don't manage up. IT Management is out of touch with reality. Unimaginable politics and no growth . No work life balance unless you have a great manager (there are a few). Threaten to leave and perhaps you will get a promo otherwise look outside . Low pay, no RSU allotments on a regular basis. Throw someone under the bus attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote leaders, not people who are only concerned with themselves. Grow your talent and reward those who deliver the work not just talk about it
    Get rid of the senior leadership, they are all totally out of touch with reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    7th circle of political hell

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    Former Employee - Engineer - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer - Sales in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    - Paycheck doesn't bounce (yet)
    - Better than working at Starbucks (maybe tied now)
    - Some fun technology
    - Talking with the few senior engineers who are still around about the good ol' days
    - Free boxes to pack your stuff in when you get fired.
    - You get lots of business cards, because your group gets re-org'd and re-titled every six months.

    Cons

    - Open racism applied in politics of management
    - If you're white, you will be retiring at 45... sorry, it's management policy
    - Technical merit means nothing anymore
    - Constant threat from management about being laid off.... TWICE A YEAR
    - Having to deal with sub-sub-sub contractors in Bangalore who call you at home when it's convenient for them.
    - Diversity means when you're organization is 65% Indian and you're not... you need to focus on your resume. If you are Indian, come in at 11, go home at 2, job well done.. enjoy your bonus.
    - Your manager cares only about themselves and the person above them they are trying to kiss.. nothing else, don't be fooled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture and morale of the company is now becoming a punchline for any other company looking to steal our last remaining people who actually know what they are doing. Replacing 5 engineers with an MBA Director doesn't solve your technical issues, just an FYI. The last 5 years have seen "cost cutting" lay-offs that have yet to show anything on the overall standing of the company, so WTF?
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. You are all clearly insane. Would be great if you hold a nice big telepresence and fall on your swords for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Glad to be out

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Makes a lot of money
    Internal propaganda machine can make you feel good about Cisco's ability to predict the future, capture transitions, make you part of the family, etc

    Cons

    Demotivated work force -- get ready to work on command line interfaces and bug fixes
    Bloated teams -- your manager comes in one of two modes: empire building or laying off
    Incompetent management team -- the whole company survives on a couple of product lines and their support business ... everything else loses money for the company.
    Don't get caught up in working on the next big thing at Cisco -- Cisco has lots of next big things that usually last a year before they get shutdown

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go the way of Lucent -- split the company up into smaller leaner companies that will either thrive or wither on the strength of their products and leaders.
    Hold your leaders accountable -- this is something that Cisco hasn't been able to do. Every time a leader leaves or is forced out their VPs, SVPs, etc get a "get out of jail free" card.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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