Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
4,887 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company! Most employees have the ability to work from home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager  in  Richards, TX
    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager in Richards, TX

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, great technology, work from home, company culture

    Cons

    Extended working hours due to global team needs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great company, cutting edge technology, great benefits. Very talented colleagues.
    Facilities and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes, growth can seem slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Highly Recommend

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Amazing place to work. Fantastic work life balance, would recommend this for anyoneone

    Cons

    Sometimes too many layers to wade through. Need to be outstanding to be noticed.

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  5.  

    Senior Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible worksspace from home office

    Cons

    Complexity of matrix organization to execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execute, execute,execute.... drive business transformation to cloud delivery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Internship Experience

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Definitely a culture that fosters innovation and encourages growth in young employees. Mentors are around every corner, all you have to do is ask. The pay is incredible, especially since you can go to school full-time and pick up projects as they fit your schedule

    Cons

    The company is very fickle and sometimes too big for their own good. A lot of time and money is spent developing young talent but promotions and new hiring are put on hold because of changes in upper level management, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to provide actual opportunity for advancement. If you don not reward top performers, they will leave and there's a lot of hungry companies eager to snatch up employees you invested so much time and money in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The technology foundation of the Internet

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

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

    Pros

    You'll work on state of the art products on which the entire Internet it built.

    Cons

    It's not for the cool kids, so if you want your friends to envy you, don't work here. However if you want a great work/life balance and you want to work on long-lived technology that carries the world's data... this is definitely the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free T-shirts mean free advertising.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    great company to work for personal growth

    Cons

    nothing wrong need to give more training

  9.  

    Working full time for close to 8 years in multiple cities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Work location Flexibility, Mobile working, trusts employees, lot of internal training resources, good use of technology, cool factor,

    Cons

    big company syndrome creeping in.. lot of incompetence being hired and promoted in some pockets... more focus on the how rather than the what (means more important than end) unfortunately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to get a pulse of reality, management is creating more and more layers and people up are increasingly distant from reality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Culture of awesomeness!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great culture/atmosphere. everyone is excited about their job and you can move around in whatever field you want. Cisco really wants you to find your fit.
    emphasis on work life balance. super flexible. work from home is totally fine.

    Cons

    They are struggling now with new competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Work Culture is good , Worklife balance is good

    Cons

    Sometimes working on late hrs

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