Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. A great opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have a great chance of moving up, awesome resources for personal growth, cool culture and atmosphere while training and on the floor. People were always willing to help, you were not left stranded after hitting the floor.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, can sometimes feel like a hostile environment, not enough staff on our team, and slow to replace those laid off.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Below average for a fortune 100 company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, remote working, wide portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on people management. Very bureaucratic and always operating in a chaos mode. Lack of growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  3. Helpful (1)

    Silos and layers of management, internal trust at employee level continues to lag

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great customers and partners around the world… legacy of 30 years of Cisco changing the world

    Cons

    passive aggressive internal politics, annual re-org and layoffs, lots of people have lots of ideas but complex org model makes it difficult to align and achieve corporate vision and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of layers SVP/VP/Sr Dir/DIr, reduce the functional silos, increase accountability of functions (internal focus creating templates for management), listen to customers, partners, and employees on the front lines with experience and expertise


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  5. Decent Pay, but high burnouts, seniors dominate the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    --Decent pay --Remote work --Good bonus, 401K plan, Health Insurance plans. -- Work in latest technologies

    Cons

    -- Seniors(i.e. people who stayed in the company) for years do lot of politics -- they juice the young chaps, project/program managers enjoy having work/life balance --Not high quality PMs- some PMs lack communication, negotiation and planning skills -- More culture specific.

    Advice to Management

    --Remove some old wards who are not up-todate with trends/technology --Keep rotating PMs and recruite/promote young PMs - Make sure the credit goes to the person who works, not the PMs or managers who do politics


  6. Too many layoffs!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, nice co-workers, telecommuting.

    Cons

    very few raises if any, too many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to the US!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Management questionable

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility in terms of telecommuting, work/life balance, bonus

    Cons

    secret management pet club, internal boy click, political

    Advice to Management

    assign clear roles & responsibilities, when things blow up give credit to the person who warned you months ahead but you chose not to listen as you thought their opinion did not matter due to their grade


  8. Helpful (2)

    Sweat-shop

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

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

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

    Pros

    Salaries catching up to the rest of high tech though they expect you to work two jobs at once company results getting better gives us hope that they will get out of the frantic mode.

    Cons

    continuous crunch time for the past 5 years is wearing people thin. you are expected to work evenings, early mornings, sunday night. You are motivated to do this for crunch time once in a while but this is one continuous crunch time. The company is distressed and with the recent good results they are patting themselves on the back and asking for more. People are voting with their feet and walking out to new jobs. Req for open jobs go unfilled. There is an air of tyranny in the atmosphere and employees that can walk are fed up. And what makes it worse is an air of condescending attitude towards anyone that has not been with the company from the golden days with the old hands full of the not invented here syndrome and taking care of their buddies regardless of performance or ability. It is a Babel of cultures and sometimes very hard to make a change and do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up and take the darn lead foot off the pedal.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Be careful of strong politics in HR

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Great , rewarding work with the clients.

    Cons

    Politics are very mean spirited in HR. Be prepared

    Advice to Management

    You have lost the great culture you had 10 years ago of really caring about the employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Velvet handcuffs

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

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

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

    Pros

    Company provided excellent benefits including great salaries and 401k marching that vests immediately. Work life balance can be managed in certain roles. Options for telecommuting allow great flexibility.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career growth are lacking Management seems opposed to lateral moves that Can help individuals develop a career if they do not see how it contributes to their specific organization.

    Advice to Management

    To retain employees, provide clear opportunities for career development, especially for new hires in the university program.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Poor management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you need a job to pay the bills it will do it. You have the benefit of the big name Cisco. Looks good on resume. You can easily be hired. Most likely the people who will interview you, don't know much about software development. But careful, that can backfire. If they see you know to much they won't hire you to avoid to look inferior (old game, hire worst than you to look better). Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer went to do karate with little kids ? That's it ...

    Cons

    Although backed up by the name Cisco, every office is different. This review is specifically for the orange county office, if you are looking to be hired there. If you are a motivated software engineer, I do not recommend this office. Management is not qualified Career advancement does not happen based on merit if not at all. A lot of injustice, politics, wasting time in things that don't matter instead of investing on the ones that matter. Hard to work on good projects. They will promise you exciting stuff, but than you will find yourself to fix bugs on horrible code bases written by who knows who. Management is ridiculous. Bunch of talks no facts.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a makeover. Or read some good books about good management.



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