Cisco Systems Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 639 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 356 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 183 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 167 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall good, but declining

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

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

    Pros

    Very good flexible work options.

    Cons

    It was much better 10 years ago than it is now. Weather it's Travel, work life balance, expenses, goals, ... everything has more is more difficult to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is sacrificing established business or potential new business at the expense of customer satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worth it for your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (less than an 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
  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 (less than an 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.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and overall compensation package.

    Cons

    ticket or call center enviornment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very supportive of employees trying out new opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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.

  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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

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