Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 630 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 182 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 165 reviews)

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    Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Company offer tremendous flexibility for worker with family or needing to telecommute. Great working environment

    Cons

    Job rotation and management is not strong at Cisco. There are a lot of great employees, however limited career development or support from management in this area. Also company is strong in business growth however, stocks remain low and have yet to breakout against competitors

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not a fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Its like working in DMV

    Cons

    Gone are the days of Team Activities, Company Annual Event, Christmas parties.
    Halfhearted attempts to have Team activity by Managers are miserable and boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some diversity in the Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company in transition ..... Losing it's talent

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Was once a market leader with great innovation pipeline and wonderful , competitive and team oriented culture.

    Cons

    Missed the transition to Cloud and is desperately trying to shift it's application suite to Cloud. Cisco was unwilling to compete with itself or it's overbuilt channel and b/c of that it will need to make some significant headcount reductions and transitions. For all of the resellers out there this will mean Cisco will compete with it's channel in the long run. It has to in order to delver cloud capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have built a passive aggressive culture... Listen to your employees, change the culture and reinvigorate your potential. Look for strong leaders who are less focused on self promotion and more focused on recruiting, developing and retaining talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company has potential but is just not getting it right

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    flexibility to work from home, good work/life balance

    Cons

    they keep cutting in the wrong places, no room for growth, constant layoff's and restructuring. getting ahead is all about who you know NOT what you actually contribute. they "grade" you on a bell curve and good/strong performers are pushed into the bottom b/c "someone has to be in the bottom".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut middle management, pay your executives less and put that money back into the company.

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

    Used to be a very good company but not anymore due to its huge management force and fewer people do the actual work.

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good name with large market share. Lots of talented employees. Compensation used to be very good although not anymore since the bubble burst in 2001.

    Cons

    Poor stock performance over the past 15 years. Little or no raises for many years. Company culture is no longer the typical American as it is mostly controlled by non-Americans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company really needs new blood for the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Cisco is the "Rome" of corporate innovation....unfortunately, the idea of how it grew to be successful has gotten lost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    This is a "smart company" and the by product of an innovative culture that has grown well sense its inception. It appears that the CEO and the very top brass have a true desire to maintaining a culture were ideas can flourish and people are treated with respect.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, corporate sludge has stuck to the bottom of the organization. I have noticed some of this "sludge" has gone rogue and created their own culture (about them only), and make decisions that are not in the best interest of the company, rather, it keeps them feeling powerful and employed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you have been doing. Remove corporate sludge and look for true managers and leaders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Years ago this was a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are decent, lots of great people.

    Cons

    The CEO claims to care about people but has turned the company into a splurge and purge, now managing by laying off people. They used to at least go through the motions of trying to see if people's skill set would match any of the areas being actively invested in but the receiving VP's would almost always find something not up to par and go for a new hire instead. In the last couple years they haven't even bothered with that, now they give people a few weeks to find something internally but usually cancel 98+% of the open reqs just before that to ensure they move most out of the company. One of the reasons for this is that the management that matters is not allowed to do their job of actually managing their workforce. They are always encouraged to manage out the bottom but more often than not they are not allowed to backfill those they manage out, which as you would expect, causes them to only manage out those that are a net negative to the team and not just a low performer.

    We are trying to make innovation into a process, while continually adding more mandatory process that stifles innovation and all the while continually cutting budgets.

    If you are not based in the SJ area or India the opportunity for advancement in the management hierarchy quickly declines as you rise in the ranks.

    We claim to be have great success acquiring and integrating companies, and for as many as we've done you'd think that would be the case but don't believe the hype. The only way it works if we are hands off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Irrelevant Management Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Not much to say here. The company has a lot of problems it needs to address.

    Cons

    There are a lot of problems this company needs to address. Perhaps in the future things could be better otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heavy Elephant, too big, too slow

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

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

    Pros

    I am in IT so cannot speak on behalf of engineering or sales teams. On IT side, Cisco does appear to be good at allowing employees to maintain work life balance.

    Cons

    If you are someone who likes to believe that never ending meeting is the idea of a job, this is the place. There are people and processes to support another set of redundant people and processes. Just too slow for a technology company. Too much office politics. Most of the middle level management is focussed on saving his/her job than adding real value back to company. Story telling is important but here it seems to be the only thing you see around.

    Biggest con i feel is the lack of quality people joining Cisco. Unlike some of the leading technology giants, somewhere Cisco recruitment process has lost it badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create environment for innovation and growth. In last 6 years it has gone down dramatically with most of the Sr Managers and Directors just focussing on inter department politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a great company, now bottlenecked and destroyed by the yes people and dead wood

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great innovation and leadership my first 10 years.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership my last 5 years. Too many cronies, too many people getting big salary doing nothing. Typical for a $50B company growth problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep you talent, don't push them away. Braintrust is gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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