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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
4,964 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was Good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Work quality, Managers are good

    Cons

    No good opportunities, job insecurity

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pay revisions are rare, regardless of economic situations

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Flexibility to manage work-life balance. Great IT company with lots of scope for innovation and lets you address real business challenges

    Cons

    Compensation sucks. Salaries are only revised, if you threaten to leave :( sad but true!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No Innovation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Easy work for decent money
    Big company with a lot of benefits
    Job security if you're half-way competent

    Cons

    No innovation. Like zero.
    All innovation requires buying other companies.
    Most of the engineers were basically incompetent morons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys messed up during the dot com boom and created a culture of stagnation. Now you're paying the price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lot of tools to work with
    skilled workforce
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Slow personal growth
    Not very open to change

    Recommends
  6.  

    if you want to work with a diverse group of people, this is probably your top 10 companies

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Lots of parking, chance to work with other smart people. Abilities to travel is good too. Flexible working hours and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Not a hot company anymore. Chance of being put in boring projects or being move to other org is a highly probable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people and don't let them become bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Start off with good compensation but it takes forever to get promoted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to work with smart, talented people who genuinely want to see you succeed. You have the flexibility to work from home if needed and you get to work with a diverse group of people who really seem to enjoy their job.

    Cons

    You start off with good pay and compensation, but it takes a very long time to increase pay and get promoted. Sometimes it takes forever for something to be approved by upper management -this is one of the setbacks working at a large company. Also major re-organization in the company - not a good thing - people have reduced titles, went from FT to PT and some positions have been outsourced. Also - you don't always have the luxury to address issues to upper management - usually have to schedule a meeting to talk to them. Not as collaborative as I would like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone is doing great work why not compensate them for it. Wish there was more transparency among upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Cisco is a good company that offers benefits and flexible schedule to employees.

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    Former Employee - GDS Lab Services  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - GDS Lab Services in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Cisco is located in San Jose, which has perfect weather year long and it's close to San Francisco, a great city to visit. Offers benefits to employees. The people I worked with were very nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    The company is really big, which makes it hard to achieve professional growth.

    I was hired to the position of 'Hardware Engineer' but was assigned to another team without my input a day before the internship started. Instead of working, learning, and putting my knowledge into practice, I was assigned to be the mail man and my responsibility was receiving and labeling equipment.

    I only saw my manager once a week during team meetings and once at the end of my internship.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, clueless management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Flexibility, salary, access to the best technology

    Cons

    Culture, lack of upward mobility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not so subtle employee restructure

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    You can learn a lot at Cisco and gain exposure through rotations into varied functional groups. Cisco has excellent benefits and opportunities for development.

    Cons

    Cisco is pushing for the hew college grad, is gearing up for the annual layoff by identifying the bottom 15%, and is making it difficult to move to new jobs in the San Jose area. Not only are new hires focused on RTP, but any internal movement is limited as well. There seems to be a subtle undercurrent to move anyone over 50 out either by limited restructure or by limited opportunity for movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with the employees, make sure that the strategy is being communicated more clearly, and be cognizant of the impact the recent actions have on your reputation, There are too many overlaps in functional teams and not enough validation that the utilization of consulting firms is really paying off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Underrated company, Make the best out of the experience

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Not sure if I'm lucky to be in this team, but I have little politics. We work great as a team and the learning experience is good. Work-Life balance is good. Work From Home/Remote facilities are good.

    Cons

    Politics among higher management seems to be present. Compensation is not competitive enough and does not seem to be encouraging experience people to stay in the company. Once experienced people leave, there is a natural decline the quality and there is dissatisfaction in the rest of the team. Experienced people should be compensated/encouraged enough to sty in the team to help with the dynamics of the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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