Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 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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  1.  

    This is review about Cisco Systems

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Ok place to work but not for long

    Cons

    Too much politics and overhead

  2.  

    Great to work for but unreliable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Some departments are strong and well managed, good to work for but expect you to work.

    Cons

    Ill use of office space, will often be put in unfinished cubicles, or in in-use cubicles. Can be fired as a result of reorganizations of space if contractor

    Note: While working at Cisco I was part of two departments, the first I have no complains about (internal educational training), was well managed and strong. However I then transferred to the accounts receivable department, where I was put in a cubicle which was clearly already occupied, within a month of transferring there was a inter-departmental fight over the cubes, our team of four was transferred to another building where there were only two cubicles, and I was "coincidentally" let go with little and shifting explanations.

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

    ABC: Anything But Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    You can potentially hide in the beuracracy

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership, that lacks vision, only to be interrupted with constant re-orgs and executives playing musical chairs.

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    Low job satisfaction

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

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

    Pros

    Really good health coverage. Flexibility from working from home or in the office. Since Cisco has been doing better, they have started to encourage more sponsored social activities. Management says what you put in is what you get, but unless what you put in can be put into some sort of tool to be tracked, no one will notice.

    Cons

    There is a lot of "red tape" to do anything innovative. There is no experimentation. Even though working from home is an easy option to do, work life balance is dis satisfactory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Would rather be homeless - expect continued flat growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Some good people work here. They can be very supportive, freely share expertise, information, and are excellent problem solvers.

    Cons

    Management is mostly clueless, and cronyism is rampant. It's more about personal relationships than actual ability. It's about the personal bottom line, and 98% of management cannot handle constructive criticism. This is killing company growth and profitability.

    Too many people who take credit for, and are awarded for, the work of others.

    Watch your back, who you share information with, and be aware and wary of those who view you as a threat to their desire for recognition and upward mobility.

    Always have a powerful rabbi. Preferably in the Sr. VP range to provide protection from the Director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up. Put your egos in check. Learn where the optimal value is coming from. Quit promoting based on who you personally likes (ie the guy who toots your horn), and promote based on the real measurable value an IC delivers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software developer for WebEx

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I mainly because I knew my hiring manager but there is not much positive points I can give

    Cons

    build products without much thought about what would be useful
    very political
    Large offshore team in China with a lot of politics and very hard to communicate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't waste time and money on projects which do not have real world impact. Don't assume you can just throw a hundred engineers at a problem and build a quality product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent stable large company - corporate leaders are excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great Work Life balance. Professional and polite mostly

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. Talent rarely sticks around.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the appliance era.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries and benefits. Good training. Lot's of customer interaction.

    Cons

    The longer you stay, the more you are left behind in the valley. People who execute are lower in the status than people who talk without substance. Everyone is scared to make a stand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, the appliance era ended with software, then cloud took over software. Hire some cloud execs to move the company forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sweatshop; work/life balance is 100% work no life.

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    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    You get to work on cool technology but it comes at a huge price. Despite the 20-word minimum, it is extremely difficult to come up with 20 positive words to describe this hellhole.

    Cons

    There is no work/life balance. Cisco is like the Borg. You are assimilated into a culture of work at a sweatshop pace. Those who do their 40 and met all job expectations are "managed out of the business." First level managers are promoted based on who they know. Supervisors lack management experience and management philosophy changes every time the wind blows. Lots of back-stabbing SE managers who only look out for #1. Constant morale improvement efforts (mandatory fun). Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experience managers who listen to their staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Becoming too much like an "Old School" company, going to loose talent to competition and "fun" and "Nimble" start-ups

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for the work, decent benefits, global footprint and global leader in it's space (for now)

    Cons

    Limited promotions or opportunities to advance. Nearly impossible to have lateral movement due to limits on req's. Constant cost cutting puts more work on all employees without de-prioritizing other area's. Every year IC's expected to do more with less. Upper management disconnected with the lower ranks, making a Managers job extremely difficult with limited tools to develop and motivate teams. While rewards is said to be based on performance, in actuality it is based purely on the "short term" and what was done for execs close to the performance review period and not on overall success factors and full year performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are becoming a culture of managing by spreadsheets and metrics and have lost the aspect of "fun". We have a broken performance review process, forcing everyone to worry about their own performance and not success as a team. Performance is not connect to Pulse and Manager feedback at all, and only on "execution at al costs". Too much bureaucracy and lack of focus to retain top talent. A true disappointment as we have fallen and lost our fun, energetic and working together culture that we had up until 2007.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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