Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It's all about the team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours & good benefits. It has multiple teams working on different technologies, so you get to explore various avenues by moving around in Cisco.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, sycophancy, undermining the value of a good employee & very low pay package

    Advice to Management

    Cisco has many talented people who are undermined and not recognized. To continue being a leader, the management must focus on valuing the good folks.

  2. Company overview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to learn new technology

    Cons

    Not stable, laud-off every year... Upper management did not care how good you are...

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and you will see the big difference what will you get back from them

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lots of opportunities if you form alliances with the right people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great facility, cafeteria, technology, training, excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    VERY politcal. If you don't have the right alliances things will be tough. People there really drink the John Chambers kool-aid. I have seen people moved to tears when he speaks.
    Work on weekends, evenings, work-family balance motto is all for show.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tech Giant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with resources and employee benefits

    Cons

    Slight good ole boy network in play, lack of management interaction with rank and file

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in development of quality middle management. Managers that can relate to their people as well as understand and work towards company goals.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Neutral about time here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty competitive for my expereience

    Cons

    Team culture isn't the best

  7. Helpful (2)

    Missed What Made Cisco Special

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Diverse learning opportunities, invested in employees with training, Able to work remotely, wealth of knowledge, you could work all evening and still be left with much on your plate, access to partners in the industry

    Cons

    Annual layoffs the last 3-4 years, due to this would have a new manager, customers yearly, challenge to move swim lanes in career, many benefits that made Cisco special to work for the first 5-6 years eroded, acquiring companies then lack of proper development with some product lines, no clear career path or job openings after going through trainings, on/off again hiring freezes would derail opportunities

  8. Great company, Some teams work on the latest and greatest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are a workaholic then there a a lot of opportunities within the company to persue.

    Cons

    You could be siloed into a single project for all your time there

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great at first, increasingly stagnant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Architect in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are prettty good, conditions can be flexible

    Cons

    Promotion is next to impossible

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to get people more informed and with opportunities for movement

  10. A large ocean with differt work styles in differentnt groups

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibilty to work from home in most groups.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry levels.

    Advice to Management

    Look at compensation and RSU grants for all employees looking at number of years of experience.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Large company feel and no company culture.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance.
    Tools enabling work from anywhere and collaboration.
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Not all colleagues are stellar. Layoffs happen almost every year, there is a large gap from when they make the announcement to the actual layoff, leading to unnecessary speculations and lower employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the re-orgs. and focus on employees career growth.

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