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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    salary

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I was interested of the quality of work

    Cons

    The work environment wasn't very professional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and honest

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cisco stands for Crap

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this place except the cafe...

    Cons

    Its a crap company. People laugh at in bay area if you say you work for cisco.
    Had very hectic schedules and stupid manager Makarand Shivadevuni...who don't even know how to manage...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get ready for shut down...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very situational...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, some great team members.

    Cons

    Management is horribly self-service and holds grudges. No internal opportunities. Almost 4 years without a raise, promo, or cost of living increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Considering a contract positions at Cisco, be prepared to be treated poorly

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    Former Employee - HTTS CSE
    Former Employee - HTTS CSE

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Working from home

    Access to the technical knowledge of the company

    Cons

    Company is run by the bean counters so strange edicts come down to "cut costs" to make the numbers of the quarter - for example, mandatory PTO or worse, mandatory UNPAID days for contractors

    Contractors get lied to and strung along when they are hired. There are contractors who were brought on in six contract to hire positions that are going on two years as contractors. Management has been saying they will convert them for over a year and no action.

    Constant threat of layoffs hangs over the company

    Product quality issues that are sometimes kept from the customers (internal only product notifications)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    HR overhaul badly needed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, technology, ability to move from job to job and gain experience. Top management in place for a very long time

    Cons

    Top management in place for a very long time. 2nd Tier HR leaders, need leaders from top rated companies. Too much churn in HR - no commitment from Top management to HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new leadership, walk the talk on leadership, diversity and gender

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    watch this one fail

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    Current Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT

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

    Pros

    lots of frustrated good people left there

    Cons

    politics and shoot the other guy going on
    left and got an instant 30k raise in a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but terrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programs Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Programs Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Fair salary and compensation. Nice to have option to work from home.

    Cons

    Some of the most arrogant and ill trained managers in the industry. The idea of managers at Cisco is if you are a skilled NCE, you are a good manager. Managers are empowered to do everything right or wrong and they have the practice of hiring very young managers who may have excelled in the field. The management style is like in the army, generals talk to generals and no one cares or listens otherwise. Emails never get responded and no one listens to voicemail. One of the most arrogant companies to work for and it takes months or years to implement a program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your management. Train them. The best managers do not have to be Technically Cisco certified. Your culture is if they are not CISCO certified they will not make good managers. Empower employees to speak up. Right now if a manager is a "Moran", he can make or break ones career. Terrible management who are extremely arrogant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    not good company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good health benefits. Everthing else is bad , It hire ppl and than lay off , no security for your job.

    Cons

    24 hours job and no weekend for your personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is lots of politics and poor managemnet, no one listen to new hire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Simply Hopeless. Too much politics. People work to keep their job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work remotely makes a huge difference.

    Cons

    Perhaps this was the most nightmarish experience I have had in a big company. It's sad that Cisco had such fat cats sitting and just taking bad decisions for business to suit their personal ambitions for promotion.

    Politics and lack of people with proper skills - that should sum it up. Nobody really cares about doing good work. All they care is "how do I keep my manager happy" so they can keep their job.

    New ideas are shot down and people who voice their opinion are shown the door out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something that really ads value to the company than sitting on big fat bonuses and salary. The tech industry always changes, and though Cisco has been around for 20 years.. don't rest on it's laurels! You could be jobless if you keep working this way because by now your brains don't know how to make good decisions that really make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    I love Cisco but you are overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and they don't want anything but "yes" people.

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

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

    Pros

    Work remotely, good benefits, accommodating to family issues.

    Cons

    Too political, promotion by cronyism. It is not what you know that allows you to get ahead, it is who you know. The rating and ranking system does not work, a good employee can get rated with Needs Improvement just because a metric needs to be met. You are not rated on your actual value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the good people you just let go, and look beyond favoritism to when making decisions to lay people off. Change the rating and ranking program, a good employee should not be marked as Needs Improvement because one manager in the meeting has a more over powering presence than another one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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