Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Slow growth and very little reward

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, smart people to wok with, lots of opportunities to move internally

    Cons

    No salary planning, bonus is uncertain, low morale due to frequent restructuring. Slow growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making compensation attractive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    RIFs are always on the horizon

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good company, good reputation, good market-share, good products, good employees (mostly)

    Cons

    no training
    no bonus (FY2014) even though they made $$
    Lots of "busy" work
    If you want to work 5 jobs instead of just 1, then Cisco is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might want to consider how you can retain your good employees.
    "Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    a lof of thing to learn

    Cons

    lack of direction recently with serveral layoff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, Stable Company

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work culture. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Promotion and salary increments slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay competitive with compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cisco Services Organization

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with very smart people

    Cons

    sometimes difficult to make changes in programs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stable job but slow raise, seems like a dead end

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable
    Seems easy to do nothing and not get fired (pro if that's what you are looking for)
    Good office culture
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of competitive raise
    Coworkers with questionable skills. Why are they still here ? They need to be fired and compensate the others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make compensation competitive, fire those that don't contribute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Warning to All Prospective Cisco Employees

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not sure anymore, but the "Pros" are getting fewer and fewer

    Cons

    Working at Cisco for 4 years now and just learning something disturbing that I didn't know before: Cisco policy mandates 15% of workers be rated as "Needing Improvement" during performance reviews. So you could do all your work successfully and excel and still labeled as "Needs Improvement". Even more disturbing is your performance review is not really 100% about your performance. It appears most weight for performance reviews is made by subjective opinions made from senior management within your group, even if you've never actually worked or interacted with this. Sound crazy that people you've never engaged with can effectively rate your performance? It is, but is acceptable within Cisco's corporate policy. What's really scary is who knows what subjective criteria is used in this opinion gathering process: Maybe you don't answer emails fast enough, maybe you have kids and others don't, maybe you're older that others, maybe you don't get the visible assignments? Who know but anything seems fair game. Worst of all, you can't challenge this..

    Why is this concerning? In case you don't know, Cisco lays-off people regularly now - every year as a matter of fact. And, if you're rated as needing improvement (as mandated by corporate policy) you're guaranteed to be laid-off.

    Cisco is a profitable company with ~$30B in the bank and yet forces people to be laid-off, go figure...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get ethical and rank people based on actual performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    so so place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    large and more technology to work and learn

    Cons

    politics played a lot and most managers not hands on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on management and less politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Started off well but fails to show growth opportunities in near future

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cisco has great work life balance. There are some business units in Cisco like data center, cloud based switching, security which are doing really well.

    Cons

    Has limited growth opportunities and has not shown it could manage through transitions. Too many layoffs and stock is also range bound.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Product Manager

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Availability of tools
    flexibility
    Knowledgeable people
    opportunities
    compensation......
    good compamy

    Cons

    Slow growth
    Bureaucracy
    Top heavy
    Slow decision making

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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