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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.5 4,596 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,287 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done(in 527 reviews)

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


Cons
  • work/life balance could use help esp working across geographic locations; office politics(in 159 reviews)

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

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    Stellar group of people, positive culture; needs to extend work-life balance to flex for caregivers

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI was fortunate to work with a fabulous team under strong leadership.

    ConsNo part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family. As an industry leader, Cisco could lead the way and change the way we work, for good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your people the tools to collaborate remotely, set their own hours, work less than full-time (for commensurate pay, of course) and you'll see improved morale and strong candidates rushing to be hired.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A technically enjoyable place to work

    Technical Leader I (Current Employee) Lawrenceville, GA

    ProsGood understanding boss. Intelligent people. Annual bonus is nice when it is given.

    ConsSchedules. Lack of leadership across groups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiscuss with employees specifics about their career path and what it takes for promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Prossalary , location, company cabs ,

    ConsEmployee motivation , promotions, work satisfaction

    Advice to Senior Managementnurture the roots , company will thrive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager (Current Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsGood place to work overall

    ConsCan be high stress environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employee growth and development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company, golden handcuffs

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Milan (Italy)

    Pros- Very strong company culture that values employee and customer and foster respectful human relationship
    - Top of the market perks (Full Company Car, Insurance, etc…etc..)
    - Variable Compensation Scheme linear with results (no minimum gates to commissions)
    - Top people in the industry
    - Truly international and multinational
    - Work methodology can be reused to work virtually any industry, any company
    - The brand walks into your customers before you do.
    - No micromanagement ever.

    Cons- Bad results trigger lay-off mode very quickly
    - High Pressure at this stage of company lifecycle.
    - Networking market is doomed to stay flat in revenue or decline in the future
    - No career opportunities. Not one. No. Don't believe it. (indeed the issue is how to get rid of mid managers, no way they'll make more! )

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat needs to be done must be done, but fear and anxiety don't add anything. Motivating people by saying there's million of other people that would like take their job doesn't seem the most effective way to motivate your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cisco

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsTelecommuting, flexibility, work schedule, technical leadership, many locations, cool technologies, agility, video, collaborative work space, parking, child care, gym, buses

    ConsLeadership and management style. Not fast at making decisions. Too many meetings and not enough time to do actual work

    Advice to Senior ManagementFast decisions, few meetings and empower employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager (Current Employee) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    ProsGood employer, culture & benefits
    Good responsibility
    Career possibilities
    Development program

    ConsShort term sales focus
    Reshuffle of accounts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A sweatshop; work/life balance is 100% work no life.

    Consulting Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Herndon, VA

    ProsYou get to work on cool technology but it comes at a huge price. Despite the 20-word minimum, it is extremely difficult to come up with 20 positive words to describe this hellhole.

    ConsThere is no work/life balance. Cisco is like the Borg. You are assimilated into a culture of work at a sweatshop pace. Those who do their 40 and met all job expectations are "managed out of the business." First level managers are promoted based on who they know. Supervisors lack management experience and management philosophy changes every time the wind blows. Lots of back-stabbing SE managers who only look out for #1. Constant morale improvement efforts (mandatory fun). Morale is low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire experience managers who listen to their staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Individually great employees but quite political

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee) Seoul (South Korea)

    ProsGreat and capable employees around. Salary is ok

    ConsBad team work and political activity is essential

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    slave driver

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsNo work-life balance. Do not know what good to say about this company.

    ConsNo real timeoff. Rare chance to be promoted. Not much of personal growth opportunity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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