Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the last remaining pro (in 666 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home when needed or desired (in 369 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistent (in 184 reviews)

  • BIG company that treats employees as interchangeable (in 170 reviews)

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  1. System Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good brand, Large corporation

    Cons

    Will have to shrink in the next few years

    Advice to Management

    Hire people based on skills - not based on whom they are related to in Cisco.


  2. Technical Lead

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Exciting work with rewarding colleagues

    Cons

    Mindless layoffs across the board

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  3. Helpful (2)

    Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Work from Home, cisco daycare

    Cons

    Manager Ego, Favoritism, Redundancy and duplication of efforts, no employee feedback process,

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully new CEO Chuck's management is able to fix such issues .


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Senior Program Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    work life balance depending on where you work.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and too much process to follow for any implementation. Hence it take a long time to implement projects. No recognition of deserved employees. Not at all a good place to work. Employees are demotivated.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Too many layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to telecommute! Really nice co-workers!

    Cons

    No raises, too many useless VP's, annual layoffs, stack ranking, politics!

    Advice to Management

    Start innovating!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Exec Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    flexible and work from home

    Cons

    your just a number nobody care about you. lots of favortism

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees!!!


  8. Helpful (2)

    a company that is dying a slow death

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    it pays the bills - almost

    Cons

    no careers at cisco - only jobs

    Advice to Management

    fire the cisco mafia execs and hire people who actually care


  9. Helpful (1)

    Run if you care about people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Stable environment. A lot of interesting work. Excellent benefits and flexible work hours. Most people are professional and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked when it comes to treating people as humans. They ignore your thoughts, feelings, and when things get tough they pretend there is no issue. They will fire people on a whim with very little proper thought seen in every other place I have been

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on execution and operations. Especially, require managers to develop their relationship with their directs. Incorporate their feelings and desires into your plans where practical.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Politics, bullying and nepotism, not to forget age discrimination

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, though this is changing recently. Great people to work with. You can learn new things in the right roles.

    Cons

    Politics are horrible. Wrong people get recognized and promoted, but real contributors are sidelined and fought off. Leadership is too thick and useless. An SVP would quit and you feel no impact leading to believe he/she were useless to start with as an SVP. Nepotism especially by and within certain "groups".

    Advice to Management

    Lose the CIO at once. Her niece works in her reporting chain. Bring back the $50B hidden offshore if you care about America.


  11. Helpful (2)

    work

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work place. open spaces

    Cons

    unpredictable management. unreliable no real security



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