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Cisco Systems – Why Work For Us?

The Internet of Everthing is Changing Everything. 

The Internet of Everything is a global industry phenomenon that is driving the biggest market transition for Cisco and for our customers. This includes the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things. It’s where everything is converged on the Internet, making networked connections more relevant than ever before in our everyday lives.

Leading in 12 of 18 markets, Cisco is building global teams in the Americas, EMEAR, and APJC - expanding our technology solutions in the Mobile, Cloud, Security, IT, and Big Data spaces, including Software, Sales, and Consulting Services.  

Cisco's Corporate Functions directly shape our future by acting as key business partners. These areas are core to successfully running our organization with the future in mind — Legal, Corporate Development, Global Business Services, HR, Finance IT, Global Marketing Services, and Supply Chain.

Bring your revolutionary ideas and impact everything -- from entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, and everyday devices. Collaborate in a fun, flexible, and inclusive culture that has earned Cisco recognition as a multinational Great Place To Work. With 10 billion connected things in the world and over 50 billion estimated in the future, your career has exponential possibilities at Cisco.

Join us as we change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns!







Attracting, Retaining and Engaging the Best and the Brightest

We develop programs and policies to support our employees’ work-life integration, and provide a
stimulating and inclusive work environment to foster their development.

Flexibility and Trust

We are transforming today's workplace and workforce with a culture of flexibility and trust.

Open Employee Communications

We provide open and transparent communications with employees , fostering a timely, two-way flow of information.

Employee Development and Advancement

By enhancing our employees' skill sets, we are able to innovate more successfully.

Inclusion and Diversity

Our commitment to inclusion makes us a better company and a stronger global competitor.

Balancing Life, Promoting Wellness

We offer several programs to promote wellness and help employees achieve life balance.




"Our inclusive culture promotes a creative, innovative, and collaborative environment that helps fuel our globalization strategy."

John Chambers
Chairman and CEO

Who You Are Shapes Who We Are

Cisco employees not only come from different countries, but also have different backgrounds, genders, ages, ethnicities, and abilities. In fact, each of us has our own unique approach on life. Visit us to learn more! 


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The Cisco Pulse Survey is an annual process that addresses all Cisco employees. Consisting of 54 questions, the Pulse Survey focuses on topics that impact employee satisfaction, allowing for baseline comparisons between groups and years. Approximately 20 questions are drawn from an IT Survey Group consortium database, providing external benchmarking.


Cisco as a Place to Work

Teamwork and Cooperation

Understanding the Business

Empowerment

Honesty and Ethics

Job Satisfaction

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Workgroup

Career Development

Results and Recognition

Vision & Strategy
Our vision and strategy – to become our customers’ most strategic business partner by delivering intelligent networks and technology and business architectures built on integrated products, services, and software platforms – is in our view, enabling our customers’ success, as well as our own.

Culture
At Cisco, our culture is as unique and diverse as the businesses we lead. We believe we will not only change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns -- we will change life experiences.Cisco leaders strongly encourage the ability to develop and use imagination and inventiveness, and these leaders believe in the value of cultivating fresh, new perspectives.

Consulting

Reimagine what's possible for our customers. Our analytics driven, industry disrupting consulting approach delivers results in one third the time of traditional consulting. We help customers master the intersection of people, process, data and things in their march to becoming digital enterprises. Our methodology drives new business processes, organizational models and platforms for sustainable innovation. Every consultant plays a key role in facilitating transformation in this agile environment.  Through the combination of cloud based architectures, marquee partnerships and industry leading Fast IT solutions, your vision and drive can bring future concepts to life. 


Software Engineering
Cisco Engineering relies heavily on new engineering talent to help develop new ideas and promote innovation. Cisco engineers develop new products, new technologies and entirely new ways for people to work together.


Services
Cisco is the leader in cloud computing and networking and is looking for people who want to create, build and run next-generation clouds based on Openstack, SDN, Security and focusing on Network Programmability and Application Centric Infrastructure.


Sales
As a member of the Cisco Sales Team, you will become a part of an elite group of globally recognized sales professionals. Our global sales organization faces growth as we collectively work to change the way the world works, lives and plays. To fuel this growth, we are looking to identify talented sales professionals and recent graduates who want to join us in our efforts to create tomorrow's Cisco.


Difference Makers Apply Here! ciscocareers.jobs


Cisco Recruiters connect people to their dream jobs!

CLOUD ENGINEERING - MIKE HARDIMAN (mhardima@cisco.com)

UI/UE - THANH DUONG (thanhdu@cisco.com)

DATA CENTER ENGINEERING - THANH DUONG (thanhdu@cisco.com)

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT - MEERA GANESH (meganesh@cisco.com)

SECURITY SERVICES - TODD CICH (tcich@cisco.com)

SALES - CHRIS THORNTON (chthornt@cisco.com)

CONSULTING - WARREN RUKA (wruka@cisco.com)

BIG DATA & ANALYTICS - HILDA DAVIS (hidavis@cisco.com)




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Our University Connection hiring programs bring our teams the best new graduates and interns across
the globe into every major business line and geography for Cisco.  With programs for undergraduates,
masters and PhD level students in both technical and business roles we strive to inspire and connect
the next generation leaders that will transform tomorrow's world.  

We're Hiring World Changers!  Are you up for the Challenge? Find your Dream Job Today!


 

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Cisco Systems Reviews

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    The grass isn't always greener...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Manager, Network Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Network Services in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
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    Pros

    I decided to wait almost a year after leaving the company before posting a review. The primary reason being is that when you decide to leave an organization it is usually because there is something there that isn't aligning with you or what you want anymore however, the grass is not always greener someplace else. This has been my experience. In fact, the appreciation I have for the company has grown so much in my time away that I would really like to return. The company truly believes on promoting within and as an employee you are encouraged to grow your career within the organization and learn new skills by taking different positions. Benefits are excellent. Cisco is the industry leader for networking and now cloud. It is sometimes easy to forget that on the daily grind but you are working for the company that everyone looks to for network and infrastructure standards. Culture within the business units managing product lines give you a lot of freedom to be innovative and creative in your approach to your role. In most cases you are given a fair amount of autonomy and control over how you do your job provided that it aligns with the strategic objectives. Benefits, 401k match, RSUs and ESPP are amazing. And while the salaries aren't the top of the industry, they are above market and pretty competitive.

    Cons

    Cisco can be a machine. There isn't an overt demand for all of your time (even the time outside of work) but more of a subtle, slight encouragement to always be on. If you are not careful, you will live, sleep and eat Cisco 24x7. Don't get me wrong, this is 100% a choice and if you are aware of this subtlety in the culture it is very easy to set appropriate boundaries that will be respected by the company and leadership team. If you don't like where you are in Cisco or what you are working on, give it 6 months because you will be reorg'd. While it is sometimes necessary to realign the company to meet competitive threats or market demands, reorganizing the company once a year is excessive and tends to create a distrusting environment for the rank and file which makes being a leader in the organize challenging. There is a loss of momentum and motivation that occurs a few months before and a few months after reorgs so this leaves the company being effective at delivery and execution only about 70% of the time. While Cisco attracts some bright, motivated people the truth of the matter is you are either cut out for the company and its culture or you're not. If you aren't it will be painfully obvious to you and those around you. Sadly as a leader it is hard to cut dead weight from the team and the only really accepted way is via layoffs, which is why the company reorgs once a year despite the company line about the reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    In my time at Cisco I was a part of 3 different and distinct business units. I enjoyed working for each of them and found that I was able to contribute value in every role I held. What was painfully obvious to me was that the company is (or was) going through a bit of an identity crisis. Consumer vs no consumer. Social media vs no social media. AWS like cloud offering vs Cisco cloud offering. My advice to the leadership team is this. We (Cisco for life) are *Cisco*. *We* develop the standard for networking, infrastructure and cloud. *We* are the industry leaders in our segment. *We* stand a cut above and make no apologies for it. Own being Cisco. We don't need to compete with Apple, Facebook, Google, or Amazon. *We* don't chase our competitors. They chase us.


Cisco Systems Interviews

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    Interview

    2 rounds away from HQ at a recruiting session. These were lengthy in depth interviews. 4 rounds at HQ in a round table type session. These were quicker 20 minute type interviews, which were a bit superficial but I think we're more geared to judge fit and personality.

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Cisco Systems Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2014
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2010
National Top 50 Green Companies (#8) , Green Power Partnership, 2010
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Additional Info

Website www.cisco.com
Headquarters San Jose, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1984
Type Company - Public (CSCO)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

From next-generation networks to industry-leading mobility, cloud, and video, Cisco provides integrated architecture and software solutions, connecting people, processes, data, and things. Our security solutions, designed for the IoE era, provide high-performance end-to-end coverage. And, customers have all the tools and consultative support to deliver customized IoE-ready ... More

Mission: The future of Cisco. The growth of our customers. The lives of people around the world. They’re all connected. Our edge doesn’t just come from technology. It comes from our people. We are connecting everything – and we use those connections to change our world for the better. We don’t just dream it, we do it every day at Cisco. And we’re doing it faster than ever before. In ways no one else can.

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