Cisco Systems Reviews in California

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
4,912 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    In Transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture of decency, intelligence - a place where most of the employee base is collaborative, well-wishing, open and focused on mutual success.

    Cons

    Transformation today pressures most departments to execute while still figuring out what they should execute, and even as transparency in diminishing relative to past times. Coordinated strategy-building is difficult with this amount of change, and without more open communication about in-the-moment navigation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more like Millennials - open the curtains, talk out loud, be super-transparent and a lot braver. Open yourselves to criticism, and move forward with confidence and moxy. This is not a time to say "we need to become more current and vital", while narrowing communication and holding the cards so close to management's chest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Business Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Business Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    great work life balance. great company culture for employee development.

    Cons

    sometimes slow process..yearly layoff practice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for, Supports employees

    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leadership - strong and supportive
    Promotions - good
    Benefits - very good
    Flexibility to work from home as needed (comes with the caveat that there is some disrespect to those who do that often)

    Cons

    External recruits are not accepted very well (by experienced team members, non-managers) . There is a lot of resistance and it's hard to fit in. Most of the employees are previously contractors in the same group converted to full time.
    Bureaucracy - lots of teams and processes - little work gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help come up with policies and processes to avoid bureaucracy at lower levels. Adopt new, agile models in ALL groups. Outside perspectives and ideas should be given some consideration.

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  5.  

    good internship

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Electrical Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Electrical Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very good for sophomore internship, got opportunity to work in lab

    Cons

    the work i did could have been more technical

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Application Support L3

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment and nice people to work with

    Cons

    except long hours and meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Cisco has been filled with invigorating career challenges and great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Cisco is that you can really grow your career, challenge yourself, and learn new things.

    Cons

    They do not hire many full time employees. The workforce is made up of mostly contractors. The have/have-not dynamic can be difficult on one's sense of self worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tons of opportunity, great people, a lot of work though

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people surround you. There are ample opportunities to learn. Cisco has a and a good work/life balance, but during crunch time it's all hands on deck.

    Cons

    Big companies have their disadvantages, it can be hard to find information at Cisco. There are a lot of different repositories for different business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline information sharing. Keep up the great work!

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

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I spent the first few years of my career at Cisco. I had friendly, well-educated co-workers who were happy to mentor me. I also had a great work-life balance and learned a lot about professional software development.

    Cons

    There were a few rounds of layoffs during my time at Cisco that hurt morale. Also, occasional turf-wars between teams meant decisions were made that were best for an individual manager that were not necessarily best for the employees or the larger company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layoffs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries. Best of the bad places, every one who goes out tell you that this was better than new place. Lot of freedom, if you do not seek growth.

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs, management is taken over by operations people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train all director and above in management with MBA 101 courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The technology foundation of the Internet

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You'll work on state of the art products on which the entire Internet it built.

    Cons

    It's not for the cool kids, so if you want your friends to envy you, don't work here. However if you want a great work/life balance and you want to work on long-lived technology that carries the world's data... this is definitely the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free T-shirts mean free advertising.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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