Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    employees are not valued

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cisco has a hard-working, open, and honest culture. Flexible schedules are allowed. And employee feedback is regularly solicited for company events and communications.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as commodities, not human beings. Contractors are a large come and go. Regular layoffs, not retraining, is used to fix the company's shifting skillset needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR is weak, seemingly nonexistent. I had only one conversation with an HR person in my 9 years at Cisco. In summary... Personal development opportunities are poor. Employee engagement is not taken seriously. Fix the culture to value employees more than their ability to meet schedule. Examine the environment that each person is receiving. Empower the employee to better drive his/her career at Cisco.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people to work with but executives ehhh..

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits and excellent engineers

    Cons

    Layoffs twice a year so be aware and workers are having to pick up additional task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to work life balance.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    This company does not see the forrest for the trees.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good as are benefits. Work from home is generally supported as is balanced work/home life.

    Cons

    Visibility into what really goes on within the regional companies is not very good - except when it comes to profit. Cisco frequently performs reorganizations under the guise of shifting business priorities. Actually, however, they are purging the ranks of older workers. During the last layoffs of ~6500 employees, only a few problematic employees were laid off - all the rest were just older (50s - 60s). It is obvious that employees are important in a limited way. They are just fodder to be thrown away when too old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management of companies that are bought out should not be run by the previous management. Failures of NDS business was caused because of cross-regional politics - not because of the technology or talent differences. More like cultural differences. A global company must have management strong enough to make all regions work together effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Game of Thrones, if is fun to watch from the outside but you don't want to be pawn in that game

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    Former Employee - Services Sales Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Services Sales Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    if you are in senior sales position you can make very good money and if you can work your plan into the excelerators you could blow the doors out.

    Cons

    The culture is broken. If you are in sales avoid the services sales organizations, get on the product side, they control the account and the destiney. I would have a hard time recommending being on the Services Sales side of Cisco to anyone, If I were to ever consider going back It would have to be on the product side like the ESO, you have control of your accounts vs the services sales organization really an overlay sales organization that is in denial of what it is. I have heard rumors ( 2015) that they are basically moving the services sellers into the product side, so if true I would expect chaos for the next year or so.

    Back to the culture being broken, they have been doing large layoffs for the past few years, I have lost track how many, and it is not just bottom 5% type layoffs, which is why it is like Game of Thrones, you have organizational leaders trying to save their high paying fiefdoms, and it paid in the blood of the field. That is not to say there is not lots of deadwood in the company, there is, but much of that deadwood was developed by the leadership by creating a culture of scared sheep vs developing a culture of leaders. Think about what it does to moral,(this is more impactful to the sales support staff and delivery people) when you have a workforce that is afraid to make life decisions because they are not sure if they will need to be looking for a new job every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMO Cisco has some serious challenges, clearly the market has changed, serious competition is coming from multiple areas, and the way the company grew through leveraging channels as the primary sales method has created some barriers to growth in the services domain. It is a serious business strategy challenge, that is beyond any recommendations that could be made here. I do think one thing that could be done is looking at your investment in people, there are lots of very talented people in Cisco that have been damaged by culture created by the management. I know many people are afraid to stand up because they don't want to be the tall blade of grass that gets cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Cisco provides the basics

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    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    -Payed me enough to be able to sustain a living in the area
    -Very competent management

    Cons

    -Little to no work culture
    -Development team located in India
    -Felt expendable
    -Inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Living of the past glories

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Average industry salaries
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics.
    Promotions based on politics and not on performance
    Almost yearly layoffs, even when the company announces record profits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to promote people based on politics and empty promises, you can't expect that performance will increase.

    Basically you get what you pay for ( people that can't perform since their focus has been always on making connections, not on doing actual work).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Zoo

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    paycheck. name looks good on resume.

    Cons

    back-stabbing. don't stay long. hostile management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.because why should i waste my breath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Client Services Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good company culture, pay is good

    Cons

    Job satisfaction just depends on who you work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Data Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    What the company does is great. I like their products, where they are going, and I was able to work with some people I really liked.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. I was very displeased with the lack of good communication from management. Compensation was fine but not great.

  11. Good Work culture but needs improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    - Supportive coworkers
    - Understanding management
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Very little career growth, get stuck in one role without much training or advancement of career
    - A lot of miscommunication and red tape to go through to get work done as well as lack of proper processes in place
    - Advancement and more visibility on employees who "talk more and do less"
    - No clear direction of Organization
    - No appreciation for work that gets done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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