Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I am just a number

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, balance, benefits, employee activities, opportunity to change roles internally

    Cons

    Manual and inefficient processes, politics, slow to change, too many redundancies, no sense of making a difference or contributing, no career path, limited process documentation, job rotations occur too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Value and listen to your employees, simplify systems and processes, give merit increases, get rid of excess human capital


  2. very slow to get promoted and salary increased

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

    Pros

    benifits is OK. The location is OK, not too crowd

    Cons

    no promotion or salary change no matter how hard you work


  3. Helpful (1)

    Hit or Miss

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer TAC & HTTS in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer TAC & HTTS in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Cisco has the resources to do anything they want. If they want to fix a problem they can. The saying at Cisco is, there are jobs.. just not a lot of good ones.

    Cons

    The last 20 years created a huge outsourcing black hole, and along with that many engineers were brought into the US to support customers here and abroad. Unfortunately they don't speak English very well, and many are completely unintelligible. Some of the managers are also from India and don't want to remove these folks, and so the work gets piled onto the US engineers to make up for them.. so you'll become their mule.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to seriously look at the lower management and figure out who needs to go. Just because you had a CCIE in 1990 doesn't mean you know anything about IT, Telecommunications, or business process management.


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  5. Program Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    It was great when it was smaller

    Cons

    Sweat shop - no work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Move on vs resting on your laurels.


  6. Disjointed

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Vision, ability to change business focus

    Cons

    Poor middle management, lack of consistent managers aligned to employees and their development. Leadership handles layoffs poorly.


  7. Helpful (2)

    No apparent direction and no advancement for engineering.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Remote work fully supported. Decent benefit package. ESPP plan is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Immense, ever shifting bureaucracy. Tons of middle management and endless meetings. No clear direction. Zero advancement possible in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market rates or offer some sort of career track for your engineers or continue to lose them to attrition.


  8. Helpful (1)

    15 year Cisco IT veteran, had enough of the Cisco culture.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco was a very exciting company to work for. Very rewarding with endless possibilities. Good benefits, tuition reimbursement, PTO time. Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home. ESPP.

    Cons

    Middle management hell and they are afraid of their own shadows.
    Constant limited restructuring causes continuous fears of being laid off.
    Difficult to be promoted, unless you drop everything your doing and appease your director by chasing the shiny ball. You don't get rewarded for excelling at your daily job, its more important to kiss senior managements rear end and get your "name known".
    Would rather hire off the street than promote within.
    Cisco is no longer a fun company to work for and is now just a large company to work for.
    They have truly adopted the do more with less, including money and people.
    If your not at one of the major campuses, you are forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the constant management shuffling and restructuring.
    Stop bringing people in off the street at higher positions. Place more value in your long term employees who have helped build this company up. The people who know the inner workings of the company and not the people who can talk up a good interview, only to find out that's the only thing they were good at.
    Bring back the exciting team work place and team building events and off sites.
    Get rid of middle management who cannot commit or drive commitments, but instead crumble when their director gives any push back.


  9. A great opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have a great chance of moving up, awesome resources for personal growth, cool culture and atmosphere while training and on the floor. People were always willing to help, you were not left stranded after hitting the floor.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, can sometimes feel like a hostile environment, not enough staff on our team, and slow to replace those laid off.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Below average for a fortune 100 company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, remote working, wide portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on people management. Very bureaucratic and always operating in a chaos mode. Lack of growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    Silos and layers of management, internal trust at employee level continues to lag

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great customers and partners around the world… legacy of 30 years of Cisco changing the world

    Cons

    passive aggressive internal politics, annual re-org and layoffs, lots of people have lots of ideas but complex org model makes it difficult to align and achieve corporate vision and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of layers SVP/VP/Sr Dir/DIr, reduce the functional silos, increase accountability of functions (internal focus creating templates for management), listen to customers, partners, and employees on the front lines with experience and expertise



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