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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.5 4,639 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,311 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Not too bad , Not too great

    Technical Leader (Former Employee) San Jose, IL

    Pros1. Lots of opportunities to learn
    2. Good benefits
    3. Flexible working options
    4. Good sales team

    Cons1. Too bureaucratic
    2. Need to change faster

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle management sucks most of the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on the team and product

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsSome teams are better than others. It's better than HP, similar to Oracle and IBM. Many teams are trying to use agile development - which doesn't adapt well to building enterprise product.

    ConsBIG company that treats employees as interchangeable. If they need you NOW, then you're OK, but as soon as you're not required they'll lay you off. And that includes senior engineers and managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcquisitions kill internal morale and block advancement. And often the acquisitions don't work - remember Flip, Linksys, Tandberg? All were expensive and were either spun off, or derailed progress on other projects for years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old Tech Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance is good, and compensation is decent.

    ConsNo growth opportunities and benefits get worse every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease spend more on R&D, so Cisco doesn't become a dinosaur.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to live but challenging future

    Software Engineering Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosbalance work and life, easy life if the good communication

    Consbig company and slow evolution, big challenge facing the competitors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive experience overall, but company has no clear vision of where it's headed.

    Network Consulting Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsOverall benefits package is decent; telecommuting is great; SME's abound.

    Cons"Family culture" where folks take care of each other is almost non-existent these days. Too many managers moving around every year, making it hard for others to actually benchmark their career success. Constant ranking/rating employees hurts moral when folks are already burned out and doing their best. HR doesn't support employees any longer and is hyper-focused on protecting the company. Managers can't give a clear path of how to achieve promotions or move within the company. Easy to burn out if you don't know how to actually balance work-life. Rewards are pretty pathetic now

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many folks trying to "reinvent the wheel" every year. It's a tremendous waste of resources and capital, when existing tools, process, and procedure work just fine. Customers (and employees) can't easily follow what solutions it is Cisco "delivers" because it's changing so rapidly to adapt to new opportunities. Customer relationships are so brief, that true trust and respect really can't get earned.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Finance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIntelligent people, great flexibility, complex business models.

    ConsSlow growth, less development opportunities, long working hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to take actions to retain the good people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stressful Place

    Program Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsProfessional and employees are generally willing to help each other.

    ConsFiercely competitive. Collaboration quickly turns to competition. Difficult to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI doubt upper management even reads this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not recommend for freshers

    Software Engineer III (Former Employee) Boxborough, MA

    ProsGood place for someone who wants to relax.
    Great severance packages from what I hear.
    Good benefits.

    ConsThings move very slow.
    Mired with management and political challenges.
    You tend to become complacent and lose touch with the cutting edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open and communicate better downwards

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    experience at Cisco

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslarge company, used to have good bonuses

    Constoo sclerotic and bureaucratic, not agile

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    good company, but can be confusing and confused.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood benefits, good people, cover every networking technologies.

    ConsToo many re-orgs, sending very confusing messages, and frankly the upper mgmt seems confused.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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