Cisco Systems India
3.7 of 5 437 reviews
www.cisco.com Bangalore, India 5000+ Employees

Cisco Systems India Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.7 437 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems India Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(201 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Exposure to latest technological trends; excellent work life balance"
    in 103 reviews
  • "Good work from home facility for someone who need it"
    in 46 reviews
Cons:
  • "Vertical growth is slow as its a product company"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Though management takes care of work life balance, often engineers end up working more"
    in 12 reviews
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    Beware of contract/contingent positions at Cisco

    Network Engineer (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsWorking from home (if allowed)

    Work life balance varies from position to position and can be very good, it just depends.

    Most folks are good to work with and friendly.

    Access to the latest and greatest Cisco equipment, depending on your position.

    ConsAs a contractor, you will be doing the exact same work as employees, but be paid less. Also, depending on your contracting firm, you probably will have lame benefits and zero days off. Extra effort will go unrewarded. You will be pushed, in some positions, to earn your CCIE, but as a contractor you will not be reimbursed or given the CCIE bonus that employees are given. You will be treated as a "less than" by the company and some employees, but most employees realize the unfairness of the arrangement and treat contractors well. Contractors are also first out the door if layoffs are coming and given zero notice. The yearly shutdown is not compensated, so while employees are given a week of mandatory PTO, contractors are forced into a week off without pay. In other words, being a contractor heavily favors Cisco.

    Contractor to employee conversions are handled poorly. If the promise of a conversion to employee status is made, completely disregard any timelines - conversions are constantly delayed or even cancelled.

    Some of the long-time employees have a nasty streak of arrogance, especially to new employees and contractors. This gets worse as they start loading up on CCIE certifications or years with the company.

    Certifications, NOT experience, are how you are measured at Cisco. Cisco will pay more for CCIEs with little experience than for people with many years of experience and non-CCIE level certs or no certs.

    There is animosity between different groups... BU vs BU. TAC vs the BU. The BU vs sales. AS vs HTTS. HTTS vs TAC. IT vs other groups. If you don't like politics and excessive BS, you have been warned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime for a house cleaning, starting with John Chambers and much of the senior management. Recent actions show they are more worried about extracting as much value out of the company to themselves as building it for other stockholders and investors.

    Trim the fat. There are a lot of long-time employees that are coasting along. There are also folks with multiple CCIEs and big titles who are less than stellar performers but have connections. They need to be straightened out or fired, which almost never happens at Cisco. Time for better performers and fresh talent.

    Code and product quality still needs a lot of work. A lot. The company rushes products and code out the door and does not give the developers and engineers enough time to test and verify it before we foist it upon the world.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place

    Software Engineer III (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsGood work from home facility for someone who need it. Some products are good

    ConsMost of the products are out dated and people waste so much time on innovation and hardly do anything new. No vision in leadership and management is bad. Reorg happens once in every year and your management keeps changing. New management give special treatment to their old teams and when you sense that it is better to leave that place

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll this while you are managing by acquiring new companies, I dont think even that will work going ahead

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

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    Frequent reorganizations and improper management

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsI've worked on good technology and few products are good.

    ConsMiddle management is very biased. there are very frequent reorgs like once in 6 months and if your new management is not same as your old one then they will wait for a chance to cut down the size of the teams which dont belong to them. The management dont have any idea of the actual work the engineers do. If some engineer make some noise by one tech talk they feel he or she is the best engineer

    Cisco India also pays so pathetically low money

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

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    Good place to work during retirement years

    Software Engineer IV (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    Prosrelaxed work environment due to lack of work

    Consno work and hence no career advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease introduce management to cisco.

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

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    Very dissatisfied, horrible politics

    Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsWork environment is very good. Flexible work practice is also a plus

    ConsThese comments are about current CRBU(core routing) which is headed by managers who were previously in optical BU
    Very heavy workload- will be forced to work on weekends(wil have to work from office) without any travel arrangements provided by company
    Untolerable politics- there will not be any recognition based on performance. They will make us work like donkeys and in the end will give a feedback that work is not satisfactory.
    They will offer high CTCs when you join; but it will be a constant for 3-4 years and the work keeps on increasing day by day
    Most of the managers are technical guys who dont know how to manage people

    Advice to Senior ManagementGuys
    Employees are not your slaves. Treat them properly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is not Cisco, its former Scientific Atlanta!!

    Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Chennai (India)

    Pros- Brand name
    - Well matured cisco internal tools
    - Transfer with in organization

    ConsThe below are about Chennai Cisco based on my experience

    - Its not cisco, this division was previously known as Scientific Atlanta and they still follow the old work culture. If you expect Cisco work culture and join here, you will be highly disappointed. I joined here because of brand name. But later disappointed. Work culture is similar to service company, you will never feel you are working for CISCO.
    - No work from home, No laptop(No laptop for engineers, but admin and finance have). Some team provide both. But not all.
    - No recognition, during the appraisal they only concentrate on old employees. Lots of politics
    - If you from a good company this place will not suite you, People from small company might like this place

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease respect new joinees

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    Welcome to the Slaves Network

    Network Consulting Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsGood Campus
    Labor company which doesn't ask you to work for so many hours a week.
    Better professional slave job

    ConsUseless Process for everything even if you have to ****
    Almost all the products are from acquistions and no innovation
    Management decision is static irrespective of employees feedback or concerns
    Begging is better than getting hikes.
    Forget about promotions for some years in lifetime if you wish to stay long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter join political parties which suits you more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsManage work & office. Work is very flexible.

    ConsCisco is listed as the 2nd most worst performing stock in NASDAQ. So no questions of asking for stock .. Peanuts are given instead of salary for employees below G10. Only top management are well fed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDivert attention from top management to employees of lower grade. Provide them good benefits in terms of salary. Implement a bottom up approach of employees rating their managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cisco India, not a great place to work

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    Pros1. Work Culture is ok. You have something called as work from home option so that you can work from any part of country
    2. Great campus
    3. Great food court in campus :)
    4. Good facilities like online access to Safari, Wi-fi network in entrie campus ( you can work from food court also), gymnasium, tennis court, basketball court, cricket pitch, volleyball court

    Cons1. I am with Cisco from past 3 years. Believe me there has been not even a single Indian Rupee hike. People might be talented here, but their attitude towards others is very bad especially seniors.
    2. Everyone pretends to be Champion across all platform and technologies, but most of them know nothing. Most of the people here in India are very rude.
    3. Working from home is good option, but on the other hand its painful coz you are expected to work in US West Coast Timings and attend late night meetings
    4. Too much work pressure for very little salary
    5. Even though all the sports and gym facility is present, work pressure is so much that you never get time to visit any of these sport facility any time
    6. When it comes to money, Cisco is really bad as they never give good hikes as compared to other companies.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Please care about your current employees who work day in and out 365 days
    2. Personal recognition should be given for all employees.
    3. As Managers have system to review Engineers, there should be a system where Engineers can give feedback about their managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    In Cisco ,your time and dream passes away but you remain the same !Dont take a chance with the name

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsCisco ,the old brand name adds some value to job profile.
    Learn new technologies by chance of any new acquisitions since most new technologies and good selling prodcuts are acquired by cisco.
    Learn how to make things more complex.
    Having fun around compromising your work experience

    ConsRidiculous manangement that have a philososphy of working to add an entry in performance review and not for the necessity.
    All happens in the name of process and no wonder if it doesnt happen at all :-D
    You can think about promotions in dream,oppurtunities in words.
    Full politics and no recognition for deserving candidates.
    Almost worst outsourced services like HR ,Work place resources, etc for employees.
    All happens in the name of process and no wonder if it doesnt happen at all :-D
    To say it simple,you can be recognised as a fool if you stay long.
    If more than that if you wish to take a chance then its your fate!

    Advice to Senior ManagementChanging the way you think ! Changing the way you fool (employees and customers).Changing the way you manage! And not changing others for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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