Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. Industry threats leave Cisco in a bind, recovery id TBD

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    Former Employee - Sales Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Many smart people who cooperate.
    Decent pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Has became "internally" focused and very political.
    Layoffs continue, driven by cost reduction - regardless of the "official Cisco spin
    Tracking to a course much like IBM before its Great Fall; it will get worse before it gets better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next CEO must come from outside Cisco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Occasionally interesting work, no raise last 5 years I worked there.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Some interesting work.

    Cons

    Bad management. Frozen salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. quick review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefit are very good

    Cons

    work hour is very long

  6. Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    stability stability stability stability stability

    Cons

    lack of opportunity, lack of opportunity

  7. Less innovation, average talent, good work-life balance

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    has good work life balance
    more engineers with average talent so opportunities to stand out
    comparatively stable company so better job security

    Cons

    less opportunities for innovation and to work on latest technologies
    more maintenance work with legacy stack of code than new development
    unorganized development environment i.e. lack of updated documentation or knowledge sharing processes; more of knowledge stays in people's head

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Working at Cisco - Hot and Cold

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Excellent products, very good senior leadership and vision. Benefits excellent and great pay.

    Cons

    Some Low & Mid management leaders poorly execute or ignore senior mgmt. vision and there is significant lack of inspection of adherence to directives from the top down. Quality of work is becoming less important than "working your manager / managing up" which is causing some very valuable team members to go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More inspection and supervision of 1st and 2nd tier managers, Directors thru VP. Work harder to identify true contributors vs. cut/paste types. Pay attention to what is going on in the trenches before you lose the people and culture that made you great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Product Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Owning P&L. Prestigious working for a well-known company.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and direction for quite some time. Lots politics and process.

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

    Good company Poor middle level management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Cisco is a good company from an operational perspective. Their work at home policy for many jobs are pretty good and offers max productivity for employees. Compensation is lower than others but I would say Fair.

    Cons

    What kills this company are the many young introverts of middle managers that Cisco hires from Ivy league schools or consulting firms and Cisco has this attitude that because they come from Ivy league Schools or consulting firms tey can become good managers. The other managers Cisco hire as middle managers are NCE's. Just because he is a good technician does not mean he is a good manager CISCO!! This is where the challenges lie. 9/10 strategies are built on ppt charts that go nowhere. Cisco is a military Institution of managers. One cannot talk to anyone beyond his grade level and this is not promoted at CISCO. This is where Cisco will fall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your High Chairs and have an open door policy and listen. When an employee wants to share thoughts, open your doors. As an American company this Hierarchy of Grades can only talk to his/he own grade needs to be stopped. Do some benchmarking, train your managers and listen to your employees. The only reason employees stick around until the layoff is the work at home policy and flexible hours. If it was not for that, you would only have folks that cannot find jobs elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. "Not the Cisco of the past..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place for younger people and recent college grads to get a start in Networking.
    Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Cisco has done a reset over the last 4 years, moving their compensation and benefits ranges down to match
    new younger employees. Not a lot of growth opportunities. Rampant racism and infighting between corporate and India operations. Lack of senior leadership, vision, direction. If you just want to get some experience on your resume, work hard and keep your head down, then you'll do ok. If you want a long term career, go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start standing up for your values and get fired if you have to. Your leadership is now toxic and you will at least have your integrity when you walk out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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