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Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's Indian Ghetto

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere.
    If you aim at being mediocre without being spotted, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    It is not an American company. It is the Ghetto of the screwed up Indians. 80% of engineering workforce is mediocre Indian engineers. Everyone is old and married has kids and stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all should be fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Downhill spiral

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Stocks (ESPP) not stocks in general

    Cons

    With the new leadership and mass layoffs that happen at Cisco, its not surprising that everyone in Engineer is leaving for better pasture. Over the past 6 months the changes and re-orgs that have happened has made the working environment worse then ever. Employees such as myself have been put in rolls that best suited for Jr/Interns as the management debacle continues without clear vision as to where Cisco wants to go. Management in their infamous wisdom, did NOT take into account the skill sets of engineers before randomly place them in rolls not suited for their talents and skill sets. Now you have hundreds (if not thousands) of unhappy engineers looking elsewhere for jobs. On top of this, Cisco has decided (not to say out loud) but hints on "working from home" not viable for most employees! I use to consider this one of the big pluses here! With 90% of the workforce commuting its not to be able to take one day a week to work from home, but now even that is being taken away. Instead of making the company the innovative and great culture to work in, the new management is turning Cisco to another sweat shop working everyone to death! Its a sad day when one of the best companies to work for has gone this far downhill!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more diversity into the executive management board. Look out for your employees - they are what keeps the wheels turning. At this rate the best engineers will be working for other companies leaving Cisco with mediocre talent, producing mediocre products! Wake up and smell the coffee! Make a new assessment of the working environment and meeting with your employees and find out if they are happy!!! You can't expect employees to be happy if they aren't!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do you really want to work here?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Leader I
    Former Employee - Technical Leader I

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

    Pros

    Old glory of networking protocol patents and acquisitions (of IP) is pretty impressive

    Cons

    This is by far the worst place I have worked. I have been in silicon valley for 2 decades and worked at many places. Joined Cisco recognizing it will be a great place. Hardly. Not sure if only my Manager but he was a jerk. The communication between groups & within groups is awful. There are many cliques and if you fit into one of them, it does not matter what you do - you will move ahead. The source code is not shared between groups - meaning you have no access to the source code or their design documents of the group you are working with. You can get it through unofficial channels through acquaintances. Remember cliques. Many details are kept secret and internal management conflicts are too much. The management in many cases is unethical and force you to work on weekends. Hire cheap labor from abroad and ask you to train them. This is the only place where I noticed the Manager expects the outgoing person to work until his/her last day. Above all, the technology they are working with is dated is not worth staying here for anything. Unless you can't find a job anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who cares any more.

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

    J.Chambers has relinquished his responsibilities to the India gangs

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

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

    Pros

    Not much to say today. It used to be awesome.

    Cons

    Indian gangs run the engineering teams for the most part starting from the very top. If you are part of the right Indian sect you can make VP if not good luck. You can look forward to constant re-organizations as the gangs consolidate power and even eat their own young.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new blood. Get the gangs out.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company since layoff culture was implemented

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

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

    Pros

    Allowed flexible work hours and environment. Great collaboration tools to allow workers to work remotely.

    Cons

    Cisco acquire companies due to lack of innovation and/or loosing market share. Cisco mismanages acquisitions and have a hard time integrating cultures from acquisitions.

    Layoff has became clock work. CEO announces the layoff at fiscal year-end every August. After the layoff, Cisco will acquire more companies to gain market share, then, layoff employees due to overlap technology and job function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting employees that can generate good "reports" and make no impact to the business. Get rid of dead weight directors that have few to no reports. Stop worry about your own career and promotions and start care about your business.

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

    Asset Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Asset Management in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Asset Management in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    A little of freedom when you get your job done but given the expectations you will hardly finish within the working hours.

    Cons

    This job was through a contractor working for Cisco. Dead-end job, minimal growth that's if you leave the contractor and join a different team. Poor management team. I don't think the team is still working for Cisco anymore.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Network Consulting Engineer Advanced Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    - Decent salary and yearly bonus
    - Ability to take advanced training in the latest technologies
    - Take a job, learn the latest technology, jump companies

    Cons

    - No time to take advanced training
    - Zero moral after multiple years of hunger game style layoffs
    - Use to be a positive and energizing environment, no longer the case
    - Endless stream of emails from executives congratulating themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next round of limited restructuring needs to be in executive management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work-life balance are great. Flexible work hours. 20 Paid Time off and 10 Holidays per year.

    Cons

    Extremely boring. Old people company. No raises. If there are bonus they're pretty small. Constant layoffs. No one is willing to help one another cause they're all afraid of losing their jobs. Not innovative at all. Just rehashing the same thing over and over. All good people leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the entire executive and management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 9 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
  11. 6 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

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