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

    slave driver

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    No work-life balance. Do not know what good to say about this company.

    Cons

    No real timeoff. Rare chance to be promoted. Not much of personal growth opportunity.

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

    Scary environment to work in

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, work from home options if you want

    Cons

    favoritism, lack of leadership, constantly managing people out in unfair ways, some people are treated well but if you are not a favorite they don't care about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using old leaders = clean house and get new management who will take employees' needs into account. Treat employees fairly, give raises and do those in a fair and equitable fashion. Stop playing favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    not much to say really

    Cons

    a lot of nothing here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you're strangled by your own processes. i took 17 separate steps to go from an order in SalesForce to a signed SOW.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good stable company.Talented workforce.Very efficient and frugal.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. Lots of budget cuts and employees not sure on what they will be working on next. Perception is used as the measure of success in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking out for the employees

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

    if you want a good paycheck

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    profitable sure and great technology. great benefits helps. work/life balance with possibility to work from home, supported by collaborating tools.

    Cons

    declining....not a market leader but mediocre follower. lousy execution hidden behind smoking mirrors. too many management layers and even worse, poor management (decisions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change - top management has been with the company too long and lost touch with changing markets.

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

    Too many subcontractors and vendors, no accountability

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance due to the remote work environment

    Cons

    There are too many sub-contractors/vendors and the employees don't do much so there's no real accountability or ownership. In short there are way too many people doing duplicate work and no work at all. There is no innovation on the IT side and it's surprising how behind the systems are for a Silicon Valley IT company.
    This company is political and employees/subcontractors that should be let go are protected from layoffs.
    No one seems to be able to keep up with email or respond yet people complain about the amount of meetings...if you don't like meetings then why not respond to an email.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CIO really needs to hire one vendor to do the Oracle IT project which will force accountability and communication from one source. This would cut the cost tremendously because I don't think upper management realizes how over-staffed some teams are and how little people they actually need to do the work currently being done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company culture ever!

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

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

    Pros

    No one will notice if you don't get any work done as long as you're in by 10 and out by 5.

    Cons

    Zero growth, zero work culture. Had things stolen from my desk repeatedly and microwave was beyond usable because people don't have proper kitchen etiquette. They literally give no snacks/drinks for free. Everyone's satisfied with their comfortable, stagnant jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall solid technology company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Sales driven technology company with deep pockets and expansive product line

    Cons

    Too focused on quarterly results and bloated product lines that overlap and don't integrate well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to return to entrepreneurial and innovative culture by bringing in new leadership from the outside to tear down the silos. Also need to set realistic sales goals both internally and to the street and return the focus on its strengths - stop trying to be everything to everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Get it in writing

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

    Pros

    Good weather in california
    can work from home
    choose a large department and reduce your chances of getting laid off due to stack ranking or doing much for that matter.

    Cons

    management cant deliver on promises and they make a lot of them
    if you are desperate enough to work csco get whatever is offered to you in writing by a VP because anything else will not be honored. HR will tell you they didn't have authority or that the situation changed.
    Hugely political. Need to be social for recognition.
    No one is willing to make a decision so meeting size keeps getting bigger. You will have the same meeting again when everyone can bring their manager to make the decision. And if they do dial in, they will have to get back to you, which they wont.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What are you thinking? Don't be so arrogant, talk to your employees not just lip service. You could do a much better job - hold your peers accountable - you don't have enough lawyers if all the shenanigans are exposed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looking more like Agnews every day - not a place for logic or hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Lots of nice people and you can make some great friends if you make a little effort. People are lonely and disillusioned so they're lost their drive to reach out. Ranks up through Sr. Mgr have tremendous amount of knowledge and innovative solutions - just no point in articulating them to anyone since red tape and not invented here or the fact that you don't have title makes your idea worthless and invisible.

    Cons

    No growth
    Absurd career policy - can only take another job at your grade no matter what it is posted at.
    If you're lucky enough to succeed at demanding a promotion after your employee w/no experience are earning $20k more than you, it could be a cashless promo - meaning a grade change but no base pay raise. You will be dependent on the multiplier your manager of the day gives you for a bonus to see any more cash. Managers get tiny buckets for incentives and they have to make the math work so for everyone that gets something someone has to go negative - creates lovely teamwork, can't trust anyone and there will be a point that you will have to choose between what's right and what's your told to do. Be prepared and it will be career limiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not a game of who dies with the most toys - it's peoples lives, health, goodwill, intelligence, children, family and living conditions you're toying with. No wonder the insurance cost, even with Cisco's subsidy, is more than the open market for employees. I pay less for my insurance on open market for my family since I left by a few hundred and less out of pocket, imagine that?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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