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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
979 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place, given more space

    • 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

    Pros

    Highly technical work force, people are always ready to help out.

    Cons

    Not much happening at times, exspecially compared to the other comapnies like Micrsoft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing much, interns could be given more project and responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cisco is a great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Transparent leadership (starts from the top with John Chambers)
    Progressive company, management doesn't run away from issues but deals with them head on
    Technology available to employees is second to none
    Flexibility

    Cons

    San Jose based company that needs to be reminded about the time difference with RTP at times. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to be transparent in all facets of the business.

    Recommends
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Work environment is friendly.
    Great package
    Plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Usual politics can happen at times.

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  5.  

    Happiest I've been in my career

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

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

    Pros

    - Competent management. At least my immediate boss is pretty amazing. He doesn't micromanage and takes care of all the politics so I don't have to.

    - Challenging environment. Being a cutting-edge shop there is always demand for you to learn more skills and contribute more. I found it very easy to contribute at a level above my paygrade, which made me indispensable to my team.

    - Smart peers. These are the most competent coworkers I've ever had. They make me feel like a dummy on a regular basis but never hesitate to teach or show me new things. Very humble, good for a laugh or a joke, very hardworking.

    Cons

    - Getting converted from a contractor to full-time is a big giant question mark. Despite contributing amazing results, it still may not happen due to machinations going on higher up in the food chain.

    - Having to get in on contract (and thus through recruiters) is a hassle. Recruiting firms are generally incompetent and selfish in my personal experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Spend some time/money to source contractors directly. You'll save yourself time and aggravation. I have applied directly to other large companies and the process was much less painful than having to go through a consulting agency. That could just be my personal bias as I really dislike working with recruiters.

    - Be a little more consistent with hiring/firing seasons. An arbitrary hiring freeze mixed in with an unexpected round of layoffs destroys morale and prevents departments that NEED more help from growing. Some of the teams I support seem to have a blank check for hiring and yet those groups that support the growing teams don't have any ability to expand to keep up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Company

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Management, Good Culture, Good Paymaster

    Cons

    Too big of an organization to influence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Amazing company

    • 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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; superior compensation

    Cons

    Far away from head office; hard to get visibility for promotions;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Model the behaviours Cisco espouses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Lots of learning, good people, takes care of emps

    Cons

    Rapidly transforming industry, pace of change, skills need constant updates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great learning environment

    • 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

    Pros

    Consantly changing environment. They do a great job to keep their employees educated and working hard

    Cons

    Looks like they can not be seen as a very interesting company because they are a B2B so lots of people don't see them as a cool company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Best Company, I ever worked for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Management, Culture, Work ethics.
    It is the best place I ever worked. The team and also higher management is the best.

    Cons

    None.
    There is nothing to be advised by me. I am so very happy the way things panned out for me at Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with good benefits

    • 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

    Pros

    Company has a vision of where it wants to be in the next 5-10 years

    Cons

    Growth opportunties are slow to come by

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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