Cisco Systems Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 609 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 341 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 178 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 161 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worth it for your career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Network Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good training access, equipment access. MOST importantly working at the mother-ship opens doors up for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Low pay unless you use a Indian recruiting company who can have razor thin margins and pay you more. The Indian companies are VERY VERY shadey though. Not advised to use them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower HR background policies in back-woods states like Texas which treat charges the same as CONVICTIONs. Keeps good engineers from working for Cisco.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, flexibility, vacation time, growth potential.

    Cons

    Current job requires almost 100% travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The pay outweighed the negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people who all want to help you. I felt like even upper management cared about how I was doing during my internship.

    Cons

    It felt like a true internship at time. There was a lot of busy work and sometimes when it was really busy I was forgotten about because they were trying to get something done and instead of letting me be a part of it I was put on the sidelines and didn't even get to observe and learn.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and overall compensation package.

    Cons

    ticket or call center enviornment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very supportive of employees trying out new opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Cisco is very supportive of employees trying out new opportunities, such as a new role or even moving between different locations/continents.

    Cons

    Unfortunately CSCO stock has not kept up with how the company is actually performing. Hopefully that will change soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Blessed to work in a team that works hard and plays hard in Cisco, for a software engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cisco is going out in new fronts. I am currently in IoE field and product is more than interesting. Great team, training catalog, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Core products under attack by competitors and self-degradation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Life for managers in Cisco is hard - power struggles, dis-functional teams, non-going products, deadlines, and getting farther away from technical details. But payoff of a successful product is great too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Been here 15 years and I feel like I have had many new opportunities!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Cisco is definetly a great place to grow in your career. Cisco is a very large, global company and there are so many opportunities to either become a deep expert in your area of expertise or broaden your skills and try different roles. The flexibility and remote-working is also highly valued, espcially being a mother!

    Cons

    Because it is a large company, some things take longer to get started and approved, and there is so much collaboration/buy-in required that it can sometimes really slow down a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should continue to invest in and support developing our internal talent. We have a lot of really amazing talent at Cisco.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great executive leadership team, strategy focus from top, collaborative team members, and decent work life balance. I joined the company about a year ago, and really enjoyed working for such a great company so far. I have worked for seven different companies, and Cisco is on top of the list in terms of how the company treats its employees.

    Cons

    Pace of change and execution is relatively slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on getting the strategy right, and execute fast.

  10.  

    I placed myself in an opportunity to grow, grew... then stagnated.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer II  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Staying on the cutting edge stuff. Great engineers and teamwork.

    Cons

    Management shuffle constantly. Some good (heck, some great)... some thin skinned and odd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of praying for a positive outcome, stand up and do what you're paid to do>>>> manage people, process, problems, expectations.
    John Chambers, pay the taxes! You built your nut on the INET. Pay it back!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A stepping stone to a better job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer I  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer I in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The company will give you a nice laptop to use for work, which they don't want any customer information to be stored onto.

    There are services such as Repo Depot, where you can have various network equipment shipped to the building you're working in, enabling you to build a CCNA/NP/IE lab at home, without cost.

    Cons

    Favoritism is very high. If you have a lot of charisma, and have never worked in the field, you'll go further than you will if you emphasize your performance over your charisma.

    The pay is well below industry standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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