Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the last remaining pro (in 666 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home when needed or desired (in 369 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistent (in 184 reviews)

  • BIG company that treats employees as interchangeable (in 170 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but top-heavy and losing innovative capability

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work and live balance, flexible work-from-home arrangements, ample learning opportunities, and surrounded by some great talents...

    Cons

    Top heavy, politics, working environment not great, not enough diversity in employee background, way too many re-orgs due to management changes

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve working environment, especially remote sites; and need to avoid frequent restructuring


  2. Good place

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good benefits
    Good people
    Good pay

    Cons

    High level of overhead
    Confusing infrastructure


  3. Helpful (1)

    Long term Cisco SE

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cisco is a great company to work for in the sales force if you are seeking autonomy and are a self starter. The more responsibility you seek, the more you will get. They are also big on using their own technology to collaborate and complete your daily work. They are also big on information exchange and internal education - there is usually more technical content that one can absorb. Overall, I think Cisco sales is a good place to work!

    Cons

    over the period of time I have been with Cisco, I have seen the layers of management grow and the result has made for a lengthy process to get things accomplished. The continued thickening of processes and procedures is certainly slowing everything down. One can spend more time on internal meetings than doing what we were employed to do - sell. Cisco is also no longer the best in compensation, it hands out fewer and fewer RSUs and the raises are in the single low digits. As you get closer to the top of the SE pyramid, opportunities for promotions are far and few between.


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  5. A great opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have a great chance of moving up, awesome resources for personal growth, cool culture and atmosphere while training and on the floor. People were always willing to help, you were not left stranded after hitting the floor.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, can sometimes feel like a hostile environment, not enough staff on our team, and slow to replace those laid off.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Tech Giant

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with resources and employee benefits

    Cons

    Slight good ole boy network in play, lack of management interaction with rank and file

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in development of quality middle management. Managers that can relate to their people as well as understand and work towards company goals.


  7. It's just okay..

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team members here are fantastic to work with. Everyone is friendly and always willing to help out. You get pizza, tacos/kolaches, and cookies at least once a week. Treated with respect by most of your managers.

    Cons

    Processes change way too often. If someone wants to move up in the company it is very difficult - although we have a growing team and client base, it's discouraging when you want more.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Cisco has a lot of great people who work collaboratively

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Solid bonus
    Technology allows people to work at home for flexibility
    Great people

    Cons

    Culture is changing from collaborative to bureaucratic
    Too much politics

    Advice to Management

    Culture starts from the top. When the top leaders are political, politics trickles down
    There are some very poor leaders in director/VP positions that continue to get recognized, which creates a bad culture


  9. Good employer

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perfect work-life balance
    Good company culture

    Cons

    None
    You will love here very much

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Contracting for Cisco Systems in Austin, TX

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco, or at least my manager at Cisco, treated me very well during my time in Austin. He was very flexible. Especially while I was undergoing cancer treatment, but also before, he allowed me to make my own schedule and put in my hours remotely (from home). As long as I got my work done and put in my hours, he was satisfied.

    Cons

    The only "con" that I remember after the fact is not Cisco's fault, but mine. I didn't negotiate paid vacation time into my contract ahead of time.


  11. Overall good, but declining

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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