Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
687 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset

687 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (1)

    Too much politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still have a lot of talents and responsible engineers and customer advocates. Benefits are still fairly competitive.

    Cons

    There is a culture that everyone likes to trace or get associated with the "next big thing". In effect, often times there are multiple teams doing the same thing. And then, it becomes ugly as to who should stay. A ripple effect is that there are little accountability. Projects are often offloaded to India and then quality takes a deep dive. Support is often lacking because they simply didn't have the complete picture. Bugs are often closed or workarounded instead of fixed at the root.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics and get the product done right. Corner cutting can get you to move up but it will sink the company as a whole! Stop focusing on how to close those outstanding bugs and focus on improving product quality.


  2. It Was A Paycheck.....

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, extensive offering, some very dedicated employees that want to get the word out. Would be helpful if everyone was working toward same goal.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, Mgmt celebrates the wrong behaviors, so much more would get one if employees could trust each other and the Management Team.

    Advice to Management

    You are there to get a job done and you need dedicated employees to do it. By creating old school "cliques", you are pushing a lot of talent out the door.....the only losers in this situation are those left behind. Cisco is a training ground but not a place to stay long term.


  3. Helpful (2)

    know what title/team you are working on before you accept offer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym, Salary, Benefits, Brand recognition

    Cons

    Every employee has some interest other than their job (sports, side project, not motivated, etc.) that prevents them from working hard. Little incentive for people to work hard/difficult to move up very large and high chain of command. Too easy to work from home and do nothing.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Project and Research Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have lots of freedom to work at home or in-the-office. The lunch room food is great. You work with many different types of people. Experience varies widely depending upon which group you end up working in and with there.

    Cons

    It is very unstable and political, can change quarter-to-quarter. Management manages up and contractors are left to fend for themselves and not be informed on key issues they need to know. Cisco wants to be more competitive in a very competitive field with lots of new technology and approaches.

    Advice to Management

    With the new CEO maybe they can evaluate better ways of handling contractors.


  6. senior customer support engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    opportunity to learn new platform and technology.

    Cons

    Too much work and no growth.


  7. Start CPR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    about 5 years ago, it would have all been pros: The. one thing left is good salary.

    Cons

    politics, nepotism, HB1 Visa overload, lay offs, culture of fear, lay offs are a popularity contest. Although I wasn't hit in the LR, lots of good people were. Being young engineers might get Cisco fresh on tech but with no business acumen with older leasers leaves Cisco with smart immature punks who cant be part of a team.

    Advice to Management

    bring back the once mighty Cisco. Focus on core business. Cisco is so fragmented, the vision changes it's direction like I change my underwear: every day Be transparent so you can rally what's left of the troops to push forward.


  8. Past its prime

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Limitless resources if your BU is making money, exposure to corporate America

    Cons

    Too much politics and not actual work, all the good engineers are leaving for smaller companies, there's a push to rely on contractors - the smart ones (which are the minority of contractors) stay for a year to get training and then leave for other companies, while the rest of them are not that bright and are brought in on H1-B visas for very cheap (plus they can't quit without getting deported). Company has gotten very cheap over the last 5 years - penny-wise, pound foolish.

    Advice to Management

    Focus back on R&D and not penny-saving measures


  9. IT support

    Current Contractor - IT Support in Raleigh, NC
    Current Contractor - IT Support in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Cisco have a lot of perks

    Cons

    Very Stressful Does not give you time to ramp up to a new job Does not give you credit when you perform good work.


  10. cisco workplace

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    benefits, closer to the valley,

    Cons

    Agile with no wfh policy making it difficult for women engineers


  11. Helpful (2)

    Downward Spiral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not to many pro's other than I can work from home and I get a paycheck.

    Cons

    - Salary is below average when compared to equivalent positions at Cisco Partners, or even customers. - No work life balance. Your expected to be available and work evenings or weekends. - Teams are severely understaffed resulting in 50-60 hour weeks for current team members. - Limited training on cisco products. - Limited access to equipment and labs as management continues to reduce access to hardware and labs. - The company is being run by finance and marketing. All business decisions are coming from finance via the purse strings. - Engineering and quality solution delivery is a forethought. Its become a factory mentality; your just one of many resources we can use to do the jobs, and we can replace you with anyone. - Plenty of opportunity for management promotions and movement, good luck if your a delivery engineer.



Showing 687 of 6,823 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.