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Cisco Systems Reviews in Boxborough, MA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work for Engineers.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very nice work environment.
    Collaboration business is doing great and the agile development is awesome.
    Ample opportunities to do great work on product code as well as innovation opportunities with frequent CodeFest/Hack Days.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited.
    Layoffs every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Still a great place to work, despite some challenges

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

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

    Pros

    Still a good place to be. Morale took some dings over the last few years, with annual layoffs and the institution of a horrible, ill-conceived "stack ranking" system that effectively incented employees to claw and scratch their way above others, while undermining your colleagues instead of collaborating for results. Thankfully, the horrible stack ranking system is finally on its way out. There are some exciting things happening in product development, and a buzz of energy I haven't felt for a while.

    Cons

    As with any big company, it's sometimes difficult to be nimble. Leadership needs to do a better job at setting priorities, and sticking to them, and communicating effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Cisco

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is still good. Dominant market share.

    Cons

    No such thing as job security. Top performers routinely hit with LRs. The yearly Layoffs are jokingly referred to internally as the Hunger Games. What appears to be a focused effort to actively "move people out" of the company that are "more experienced." that probably crosses the line into age discrimination. I've gone from being one of the company's biggest supporters to someone that would/will jump ship as soon as I find another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efficiency starts with the executive management making swift, clear decisions. Stop emphasizing that we need to improve our execution. We actually execute very well. However, time to market is not helped if we spend 3 months developing something after spending 6 months trying to decide if we do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenging work, great people, great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Annual layoffs to balance staffing to global growth plans, so long-term job stability not guaranteed. Company must continue to grow to satisfy shareholders, they're doing the best they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people as you grow, the company is starting to feel more corporate every day, so do what you can to hang onto some of the tech startup feel!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A company that is great to work for and to have on your resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge new technologies, great people, lots of flexibility that allows to balance your life with work especially if you have children. Great opportunities for learning/keeping your education up-to-date. The dream company to work for.

    Cons

    Greatest challenge is to be prepared to get laid off at any time disregards of being a top performer/greatest innovator/young talent. However, Cisco takes good care of those who was let go, helping to find a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Politics are eating up the company. Many taken decisions by the management negatively affect the company business. Re think the company policy to keep cutting people blindly as it causes loss of talent. Talent is not always something people are born with, talent is knowledge that people gain while working for the company, as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with lots of opportunity, and while innovative with technology - not so in how they pursue today's market.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people, good recourses, R and D nonpareil.

    Cons

    Myopic, low agility, business processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new term "fail fast" applies to all businesses today - Cisco is no exception. I loved all my time at Cisco and customers love the technology and comfort of the resources - make it easier for them to do business with you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great big company to work for, but it is a big company

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, from bonuses, stock, fitness centers, training, and more. In addition there are plenty of opportunities to move different groups.

    Cons

    Being a big company, there is a lot of bureaucracy, which causes projects to move slow. A lot of the tools and projects are antiquated. A lot of the engineering resources are dedicated to maintenance rather than new projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management focuses too much on long term schedules and metrics, and is not focused on making engineers more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Cisco Systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Peers who treat you as one among them.
    Everybody loves to teach an intern about current technology.
    Lots of time to learn and pick up pace.
    Lots of intern benefits

    Cons

    Moving up the ladder might be a slow process in a huge company like Cisco. The location was a bit too remote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company. Would love to return for full time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A very good run

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader II in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader II in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Given lots of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in Boxborough especially for hardware engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have changed over time, it would be good to get back to the core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good perks, heavy politics

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

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

    Pros

    Good perks and great work life balance.
    High performers get recognized.
    Generous budgets for training and professional development.

    Cons

    Quality and culture heavily depends on the team and location.
    You'll find some amazingly lazy people who still somehow manage to stay employed.
    Artificial cap on year-to-year salary increase.
    Lack of innovation coming from within.
    Heavy politics at the higher levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees. Fund innovations from within, instead of through acquisitions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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