Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Confused and Lost in Richardson...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Richards, TX
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Richards, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice gym...not that you'll get to use it. Cloud Cafe provides a means to get food bought all hours of the day or night without stopping work for as long as you might going to a restaurant. You'll probably need that.

    Cons

    Insane schedules with at least the team I was working with. Hours were capped at 40 and it was presumed that you'll work more- because they viewed the problems as YOURS even though they weren't. Management clueless on several fronts. (The aforementioned is a CRIMINAL activity at any of their Texas locations. Debating on reporting this to the AG at this time). They "know" what they're doing which is part of WHY the project I was on is as screwed up. Have to re-invent the wheel on numerous occasions, which is another reason why. Won't listen to the experts they hired contract for the project. When you have ring 0 NULL dereferences all throughout your code at the 11th hour of the project...you've done numerous things wrong. You have "architects" on the projects that can't find their backside with both hands and a roadmap making overly complicated solutions to problems already solved elsewhere because "we already have code...just need to majorly modify it to make it work" (YES, they said this...). Slow steady bleed of those who're worth anything to other places- lots of people saying their farewells. Several months, we'd have one to two emails per day. Goes for a couple of months of silence and then more. Losing key people that've been there for a decade or more.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out just what team I was just on and dismiss most of the management team. Suspend Scrum until you can actually get them to figure out how to actually DO it- they sure don't know how (30-90 minute or longer "stand ups" is the norm...shouldn't be more than 15...) Quit presuming you can dictate terms on things like Standards or that you can just safely ignore stuff, "Because we're Cisco!" You used to be great. You can be so again. You've just got to find the startup that you used to be- and you can't buy it like you've done with Linksys, Navini, or Meraki. Right now, you're a lurching horror and it's quite obvious to someone that used to work there that there's a solid reason you're having to do a RIF each year for numerous years now. Bloated. Unfocused. Ultimately far, far too arrogant for your own good. You want to get somewhere and attract good people and RETAIN them, instead of keeping the rejects? You'll ultimately lose the arrogance. You'll ultimately lose the notion that you can now buy your way back to it by buying more companies. When will you run out of money burning it that way and burning it by doing stupid things in not designing your products? You're getting a negative review because your management did criminal activities that ultimately look like they're driven from Corporate. You're getting a negative review because you're doing blindingly stupid things that are the ultimate cause of your current woes. You're getting it because of these things so you and everyone else can see it for what it is...and perhaps fix it. I'm not hopeful, but stranger things have happened over time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    start up atmosphere, start up culture like small time shop

    Cons

    No approach towards operationalizing the software delivery processes neither following right governing model . Many of them feeling job insecurity, in start up environment. Front line Technology managers seems to be limited Data knowledge and less /none project governing culture model. This is nightmare and can loose job in ambiguity within 10 minutes , can be walked out even though you do good job.

    Advice to Management

    People are working for company which is 100 years old corporate .


  3. Helpful (5)

    One of the worst companies

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Life and work balance and good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Everything else is horrible. Lots of employees mainly act as "police officers" and lots of other people work like slaves.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    IT Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. About cisco

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing as far as I can think off


  7. Helpful (4)

    Sr. Manager

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst Company Ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Hire more intelligent employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Worst company to work for for women

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Curb nepotism and get some diversity in your workforce.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Horrible politics, terrible leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    Needs an infusion of awe inspiring leaders.



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