Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Totally disorganized leadership and org structure. No creativity allowed

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Good pay. Often can work from home. Good equipment.

    Cons

    The whole company is run like an engineering firm which is a disaster for marketing or communications. Everything is templated. Amazing amount of corp jargon. Layoffs are constant. Bloated at the top. Lot of very hard working b players

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut a third of your workforce but do it strategically. Stop with he 32 priorities every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Top Heavy, Lack Strategy, Weak Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Work/Life balance
    - Decent Benefits. Medical, Time off, on site health care, fitness.
    Decent Salary. Base salary + bonus for all employees. Some get RSU.
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    Cons

    - Senior leadership lacks technical acumen. Most don't have a technical degree and many have not even come up the technical ranks. How can you possibly have a engineering VP who has never been an engineer?
    - Lots of off shoring of cool projects. Watch out if you are engineer.
    - Promotions and ratings are based on who you know and not what you accomplish.
    - They don't reward risk takers. There is a lot of lip service to working on next gen projects. But when things don't work out, they cut the working level staff. Somehow they save the directors and VPs though and find them new roles... even though they are the ones who set the strategy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    You are treated as a number to this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a lot of money
    They are extremely cash positive with very little debt
    Large organization with good health benefits

    Cons

    You are just a number. Your job is as safe as the stock price. They are extremely top-heavy in management and you better have an "in" with your direct supervisor or you will not move forward...a lot of favoritism not based strictly on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creative thinking is not evident at this company. Sales are done in a very boxed approach with very little regard to building long-term relationships with small - medium size businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Program Manager

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Many cases employees are able to work from home

    Cons

    Confused. Lay-offs every 11 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Business Operations Manager

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good People that want to see company success.

    Cons

    Management is clueless.....They are getting rid of good people solely for the numbers to make Chambers look good. This will continue until he leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a forward thinking strategy and get rid of the dead wood executive team. There are a lot of Directors that need to go....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Silos and resistance to change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, ample training opportunities, great place for self-starters and remote workers.

    Cons

    As part of a services practice, it was nearly impossible to get information from business units to properly do my job. My manager was ineffectual and unhelpful (affirmed by management poll of my group). Review structure discourages employee cooperation and teamwork.
    Our division was undermined by a failed acquisition that poisoned our market standing and ruined relationships with key customers. Cisco throws money at buying new solutions, but fails to do due diligence beforehand and lacks the followthru to integrate the new businesses.
    Once you're hired, forget about lateral moves. Cisco hiring managers are biased to external candidates and ignore qualified and proven internal candidates. And forget about raises in your current classification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limiting performance recognition to fixed quintiles means that employees are demotivated when they get bad reviews simply so the manager's chums get raises and key assignments. People then tend to play CYA games and limit collaboration so they don't jeopardize their own reviews. Also, laying off thousands and then complaining about the lack of qualified candidates (H1-B politics) is disingenuous and wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Cisco has a long way to go to get it's culture back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Overall, the employees are committed and want to do the right thing; however it is not clear from the executive management team that they are doing the right thing by the employees. Many people and even some executives are trying to preserve the core culture of what made Cisco a great company to work for. They have several great benefits and given the right organization, a sub-culture that you can learn and grow, but have a long ways to go to get the human back in HR and across the company.

    Cons

    Cisco's culture is about respect and care for each other and always doing the right thing, but you find several incidents where respect and care is only for those in the inner circle and you will find several executives not always doing the right thing for the environment, company, culture or it's employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond what you want to see and what you are being told to understand that it is not the Cisco family that John speaks to all the time. Stop reading scripts that are manufactured for you and speak from the heart!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Having difficulty re-creating itself

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Smart people to work with, ability to work remotely in many cases, good salary and benefits. Used to get great bonuses but not sure if that's going to be true going forward.

    Cons

    Constant churn, spending tons of money on consultants to supply answers that people already know. Especially if it's bad news, then the bad news comes from the consultant. Layoffs becoming yearly autumn event. I have no idea how anybody can still concentrate knowing that another layoff is bound to be around the corner. Felt like people were really covering their butts instead of collaborating. Got to the point where you didn't know who you could trust anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing stock buy-backs. Everybody knows now that the only reason companies do it is to make sure the senior executives make more money from their stock options. It's just wrong. You aren't moving fast enough - making it a death by a thousand paper cuts rather than doing what needs to be done in one go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Technical Writer

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Depending on your group, they allow you to work from home 2 days a week. There are still lots of really good and really smart people around.

    Cons

    Cisco is currently going through another round of restructuring and layoffs. This seems to be a perennial event. The reason for laying off is not always clear. It looks like they are consolidating hardware and moving more into a software model. They are making big cuts in technical documentation in the US and moving everything offshore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much process and too much politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some groups offer work from home option.

    Cons

    Too much process and too much politics. The management is terrible, too much micro-managment. Not a fn place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete change of all management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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