Cisco Systems
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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.5 4,203 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The work life balance is better compare to many of the start-ups"
    in 416 reviews
  • "It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"
    in 246 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cisco leadership encourages employees to attain an equitable work/life balance"
    in 134 reviews
  • "The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity"
    in 126 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexible timing, Good exposure, we can build the network within the company

ConsLess growth, still there is lot of room for improvement

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Great

Chief Engineer (Current Employee)
Plano, TX

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

ProsGrowth opportunities are huge here.

ConsNone that I can think of.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement growth strategies

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Network Consulting Engineer (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

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

ProsServices / Customer Advocacy -> Good compensation, great work life balance, managers trust employees, interesting and varied work.

ConsLots of "doom and gloom" talk from employees and management. We are behind the curve in new product offerings, code reliability is poor, operational features for customers is poor. Macro outlook not great, stock price flatlined, we have a few challenging years ahead of us.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest heavily in new product reliability and features, invest in quality products, invest more in TAC support. Our value proposition is being eroded due to falling quality and support. Cutting costs in development and support will cost us.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

ProsThere are lots of employee opportunities.

ConsOne can get lost in the numerous departments involved for launches.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent employer which promotes personal growth

Linux Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsVery good career choices
Encourages learning
Salaries is market related

ConsWork life balance can be affected if you don't make a conscious effort to leave your stimulating work behind and head home.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what youre doing

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

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Cisco

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems

ProsGreat people, great opportunities, leading edge

ConsCan't think of any cons

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One of the best companies to work for.

Customer Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

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

ProsGreat benefits
Getting a chance to change our world.
Work/Life Balance

ConsBureaucracy/Government like work environment
Useless cost saving practices which don't work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company, but too much overhead

Product Manager III (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

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

ProsSupportive management, lots of career opportunities

ConsSlow to reach, technology is not exciting

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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"The Internet of Everything" is changing the way people work, communicate & play in in a connected world

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsThe company is filled with innovative, intelligent and creative people. I enjoyed working for a company that is not limited by brick and mortar.

Leadership understands the power of connection and provides the tools and environment to support collaboration and the ability to "work smart".

 It is fantastic to work in a distributed virtual environment. The model allows people from different countries to participate, and provide valuable contributions to the initiative, project or discussion.

ConsThe constant change across the organization can be a challenge.

Executive Leadership and mid management can be disconnected. This misalignment leads to inconsistent messaging and actions inconsistent with communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what your employees have to say - not just during the annual meeting. Maintain a healthy pulse on your work force. Don't underestimate the value of the "Voice of Employee"

Flatten the organization - the bureaucracy limits communication, innovation and impacts progress

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent place to work

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

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

ProsSmartest people, creative environment, opportunities for advancement

ConsNo current cons in the workplace

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

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