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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! 


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


Honesty and Ethics

Job Satisfaction



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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

Cisco Recruiters connect people to their dream jobs!










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 is really nice place to work with good work life balance.

    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 3 years)


    1. Decent Salary.
    2. Great new technology.
    3. Greater options to switch within Cisco to different roles.


    1. Not a good place for innovation.
    2. Too much internal politics.

Cisco Systems Interviews

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

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    Their interview process is long and requires. Lot of work. The company recruiters I worked with were nice but very disorganised. The position I applied for was listed for the San Jose location. When a recruiter called, they told me there were no positions available there, so I said I wasn't interested in relocating. I got a call the next day saying they did have openings in San Jose, so I agreed to go through the interview process. This involved:

    -a phone call from a recruiter
    -a first-round phone interview with a manager
    -preparing a one-page technical document and one non-technical slide to respond to a scenario they gave me.
    -one half-hour "non-technical" manager interview
    -one hour technical interview with two technical managers
    Interviews were both conducted via Webex.

    The scenario they gave me required a lot of research on my part. The interviews went really well, they all seemed confident I would get the job. The interviewers did not ask about the scenario I had been given or the documents I had prepared, those were uploaded to my candidate profile.

    The interviewers encouraged me to start learning everything I could to obtain my CCNA certification, because they were sure I would get the position and your first few weeks at Cisco are like "trying to drink from a firehouse" because of all the new information.

    The interview process took about a month because they had to keep rescheduling interviews due to the managers' busy schedule.

    After my interviews, the manager asked me to select my location preference from a list. San Jose was not on that list. I responded to the email by saying "I was told San Jose was an option, is that still available?" To which he responded "yes just confirming San Jose is still your preference." That was strange.

    I was then told I would hear back within a few weeks. After about five weeks I tried getting a hold of my recruiter and didn't hear back for a while. After trying harder to get in contact with him, I was told I was not selected.

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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

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.
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