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    Cisco Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    The company of course a good company to work for. The provide great compensation and they have great benefits. Depending on what sector you are in, you will see consistent growth in your compensation. Additionally, the people are great. Very smart individuals working there.

    Cons

    One of the biggest challenges is upward mobility. its a pretty large company, and someone pretty much has to leave for you to be considered for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more upward mobility options.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A relentless drive to marginalize engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    A standard set of benefits that work. Good health insurance, life insurance and 401k benefits. Most departments provide the opportunity for highly flexible hours.

    Cons

    Yearly lay-offs are draining morale. Engineering is viewed as a cost center, so engineering is being marginalized by getting less of the bonus pot of money than some other areas in the corporation. We're not sure where this will lead Cisco in the future as it has traditionally been based on technology advancement. It might end up in very dark places for an engineer based in the USA.

    The best benefits (restricted stock options, for example) are reserved for only the top 5 or 10% of employees. This is stratifying the environment, and a culture of severe envy is building. As an engineer, obtaining the top 5% can be counter intuitive. Technical excellence helps, but political connections are most important. This is anathema to a typical engineer.

    As an engineer, the advancements of salary and title are now extremely limited. The upside to this is most of the engineers achieve excellent work-life balance since there is little benefit to working too hard.

    All of the above started changing sharply in 2008. Before that, it was a very different story. Many engineers are mourning the loss of a once great Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being disingenuous with regards to engineering employment at Cisco.

    Reward the top 10%, but also share with the core employees who do the actual work. Stop cutting out the core. The corporation has plenty of money to share but has chosen not to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Observed from inside of Cisco Systems.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Networking, building appliances, embedded systems.

    Cons

    Most of the development are in C programming language. If you work there too long, you will be out of touch with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layer, don't need a reporting structure with dir-dir-dir-vp-vps... A lot of the senior management are out of touch with the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It doesn't live up to the hype.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a well-known company with a decent benefits package. I'm constantly being challenged to learn new things. There are always opportunities to learn, if you dig for them.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to work for a completely different company than I do. The answer to any situation in any climate is to cut headcount. We're making money? Layoffs! We're losing money? Layoffs! Stagnant? It doesn't matter! That might be easier to understand if we didn't constantly buy companies like they're on the candy rack next to the cashier at the supermarket. (Seriously, we average about one acquisition a month.)

    Also, Cisco tends to award bonuses as part of its compensation package instead of pay raises. The amount is roughly equivalent to the amount you might get as a pay raise elsewhere, but pay raises compound over time, where bonuses do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go talk to the people in the trenches once in a while, face-to-face, with no cameras around. And really, truly listen to them. It might give you a better idea of the challenges we're trying to combat out here in the real world.

    Also, it's really tough to keep our morale up when you show such obvious favoritism for our sales force at the expense our development and support team. Some teams have a near-unlimited budget to travel for training and conferences. In my division, our budget is slightly less than $50 per head, per year. Thanks, guys. It's good to know how much you think of me and my colleagues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lots of potential but bad management.

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

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

    Pros

    If you are in Networking field, its one of the best companies to learn the technology.

    Cons

    Bad management. Frequent Lay offs, short term goals, Re-org every 6 months. You will end up debugging more than you develop! Low compensation as compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the people properly, else only the people who are old will remain in the company. The atmosphere is not good for young people to join.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low salary, long hours and no

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    time-off policies is good even for new employees.
    Training policy is good. You basically can take any training of your choice as long as it is relevant.
    Depends on your group, life balance can be good or bad.

    Cons

    Salary is low in today's standard and very slow salary increase.
    Promotion is completely depends on your manager and slow. If you are with a bad boss, you are really screwed.
    Upper management is turmoil in the last few years.
    Laying off every year in the last four years so if you are H1b you will not be able to file application for your green card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your own people so they can move to new segments and fit into new roles. Laying off people not only harm the people leaving it also harm people staying. Eventually even the most loyal employee will leave.

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

    Many Years at Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home is a tremendous plus.
    Do enjoy working with and for my customers.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for women in many areas. Cisco talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Many older male bosses or leaders pretend to support women in public but in actuality are either disparaging, talk over you or just ignore you.
    Layoffs every year cause panic and discontent.
    No raises - even if you work very hard and accomplish much and your reviews are consistently high, the pay increases are just not there. Better negotiate a good starting pay because spending a long time at Cisco, does not reward strong talent.
    CEO receives an 80% raise yet excellent/outstanding employees are given minimal or no raises.
    Yearly reorganizations but no opportunities. Employees remain in their jobs for years and even decades because there is nowhere to go! Management just shuffles people around and most times, it's difficult to understand their reasoning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with your employees and treat them well or one day, you'll wake up and realize that you've destroyed a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Working from home is a plus, smart employees

    Cons

    too many people in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    downsize

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of re-orgs

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

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

    Pros

    Not sure. A lot of things keeping changing. It's a big company if you like 'big" company.

    Cons

    A lot of re-orgs. not stable. people cannot concentrate on job.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Company offer tremendous flexibility for worker with family or needing to telecommute. Great working environment

    Cons

    Job rotation and management is not strong at Cisco. There are a lot of great employees, however limited career development or support from management in this area. Also company is strong in business growth however, stocks remain low and have yet to breakout against competitors

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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