Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 630 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 182 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 165 reviews)

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  1.  

    undecided

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    if you have a great boss, its a fun place

    Cons

    if your boss manages up (most do) you have no career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are leaving for a reason

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

    get out as soon as possible

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    There is literally no pros working for this company

    Cons

    Culture of fear, layoffs every year, indian company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop screwing engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run!! Run fast and run far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great name recognition for your resume. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    It's a popularity contest through and through. An employee is graded on how well he/she kisses up to management and not performance or productivity. A person can be the most productive and the most technical member of the group and still end up at the bottom 5% for frivolous reasons. Managers only cares about trimming the workforce. Annual layoffs are detrimental to productivity. They will do everything possible to break and humiliate you on your way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to clean house up top. All Senior Directors and above should be purged. Really cut the bloated middle management. Stop pushing the annual layoffs down to the worker bee level. Managers/Directors/VPs should not be immune from the purge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad sales culture and bad first-line managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Great education and training. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Culture is very office-specific and the Bellevue office was horrible. It looked like a white-men-only golf club full of rich, conservative, 50-somethings. If that doesn't describe you, be prepared for discrimination. I had bigoted coworkers target me with slander in the office and to my clients. I saw the same thing happen to others who didn't fit the mold.

    Career advancement was minimal if you're not at HQ in San Jose and getting ahead usually involved pushing others down rather than elevating everyone. Avoid this office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at the local culture in Bellevue.

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

    Not a place for black, Hispanic, or white people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Better than not having a job at all, but if you are at Cisco, you should always be looking for a better job.

    Cons

    Very "ethnocentric" company. If you are not the same race AND country of origin as your manager and director, then your opportunities will be limited, and you will be first on the layoff list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many bad managers at this point that I don't think Cisco can be turned around. Likely Cisco will just slowly decline over the next ten or so years. My advise would be to abandon the sinking ship while you can.

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

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Still a good brand name. If you want to get into Silicon Valley one of the stepping stones. There is a history behind the company.

    Cons

    Innovation is dead. It is driven only by innovation. The middle management is incompetent and clueless. Turnover is extremely high. The salaries are mediocre. The company is a political minefield.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is beyond repair. Nobody would ever listen to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No direction, No future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Time off, 401k match, pretty good insurance, in house crisis assistance, competitive pay, good middle management, health cars incentive fund

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, Constant staff reorganization, out of touch upper management, cheap foreign labor leading to sub standard Software, no employee loyality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True leaders. Lead by example. Not happening at Cisco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the most boring workplaces possible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    easy to get in

    Cons

    boring, slow paces, large teams with nothing to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move into the 21st century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old school hell hole for smart software engineer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefit, flexibility (managers do not care what / where / when you work).

    Cons

    They are introducing terrible new hires. Favorism based on the skin color/nationality becomes very clear from day 1. Indian engineers / managers ruined the culture. I mean they do not even try! Somehow I find Indians favor blacks over whites. Hiring process is very unclear and team assignment is almost random. Office layout is depressing. (That's probably why they encourage working at home haha). Managers keep talking about innovation but they do not know what they are talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two third of you should lose your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One bad experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good pay. Good pay.

    Cons

    Too many bad issues to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring college yuppies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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