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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.5 4,598 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,289 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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    New Product Program Manager

    New Product Introduction Program Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexibility, people you work with, pay, bonus & benefits, professional development

    ConsManagement - If you get a bad manager, your life can be miserable, Very siloed organization leading to duplication at times; Lack of proactive strategic outlook for market transition - playhing catch up; No more stock options for individual contributors, legacy tools & ordering slowing down TTM / impact customer satisfaction

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove leadership skills for 1st line management; Remember, people don't leave companies, they leave managers.

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

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    Slow company, difficult to move up

    Customer Support Engineer III (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLots of fun benefits, and decent pay for the work.

    ConsSlow to move up, managers are great but are worked to the point that it is hard to get good direction from them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on helping people grow in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Customer Support Engineer IV (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    Proswork from home, access to technology, good workplace

    Conscompetitive, sometimes hard to move up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    GOOD COMPANY

    SAP Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWork-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.Work-life balance.SalaryEmployee centric policies.

    ConsCan't Innovate if leaders are not good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee the cons

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    Systems Integration Engineer

    Systems Integration Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosnever a lacking a challenge and room to grow both personally and professionally. Training is abundant but timing is sometimes an issue.

    ConsSeem that the workforce within the US is shifting from Engineering to Project Management, and sending the Engineering job offsite and out of country.

    Advice to Senior Managementtoo management heavy, too quickly to promote people to management to keep headcount, have poor mentoring program for new managers, too much top down re-org

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

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    Good

    Senior TME (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsInnovative
    Large
    Work Life balance
    Flexible
    local

    This is a large company and brings its own bag of goods and bad

    ConsToo Big
    Slow
    Personal Domains
    Individual Agendas over company

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Culture - Bad Upper Management

    Program Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat place to learn
    Good environment with no egos if you're not dealing with upper management.
    Good flexibility for work life balance
    Generally calm culture

    ConsUpper management doesn't realize they manage employees
    No communication - especially stressful during times of repeated layoffs.
    Even if BU is outperforming others, always fearful of loosing job
    Low compensation
    Flexibility comes at the price of working ALL day and night
    Leader in networking industry, but culture of reactivity creeping in due to fear of competition, as opposed to healthy competition within a market

    Advice to Senior ManagementAfter next round of layoffs, please align your entire BUs to their roadmap objectives and stick to your headcount

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting started because at that time Cisco expended new hires to hit the ground running.

    Global Account Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI made lots of money. There is a great amount of travel.

    ConsNo direction from management and do everything yourself. Technical supports is ether very good or nonexistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because a guy makes his numbers please don't use that as the determining factor for making that person a manager. Sometimes people are just lucky with falling into great buying accounts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay scale was bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people around
    Good work life balance

    ConsSalaries not in par with rest of the market

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

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    Chambers needs to go

    Account Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsStrong teaming environment regarding collaboration. Lots of technology at your fingertips and open to working remotely/at a distance.

    ConsNo one lifts a finger unless they are compensated on it - and there are a lot of 'grey areas' where people aren't paid on things - so use your power of persuasion to ask for help. You can absolutely fall victim of your own success and middle mgmt will not easily allow you to promote out if you are a solid performer on their teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChambers, you had a good run - time to go. You are out of touch and believe your own statements about yourself. You did NOT make that child speak for the first time after the China earthquake. you were awesome and had some good stats.....time to step down.

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

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