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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 639 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 356 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 183 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 167 reviews)

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  1.  

    Love this company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good working environment and culture. Everyone is professionally treated. The bonus is great too.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but sometime the Intranet's information is difficult to find and the security restriction sometimes block people from complete the job easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the team on the right track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay, stock options, positive culture and great benefits

    Cons

    Some politics, some dead wood and lack of accountability at some levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Finance Program Manager

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    Current Employee - IT Finance Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - IT Finance Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company that cares about their employees

    Cons

    Stuck in slow motion on projects due to size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not depend on consultants to carry out the company vision. They are great at development not deployment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cisco's an awesome company to work for!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great IT infrastructure
    Great on-line tools to help with every area of your job
    People are always willing to help and go above and beyond

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy can tend to delay decision making longer than normal
    Seems like there was a re-org at the end of every fiscal year
    Had troubles figuring out their core competencies. I think they finally have it right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core competency. Stress accountability at every level of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    System Test Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice team building atmosphere, well work and life balance.

    Cons

    There has been too many BU restructures happening in last 3 years, and often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Managers and co-works are friendly and supportive
    - Lots of opportunities to learn new technology
    - Work and life balance
    - No dress code

    Cons

    - Politics
    - The free drinks never come back

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Cisco - Thank you for the opportunity

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    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team players as well as supportive management. No micro-management, excellent corporate structure and no shortage of intelligent people. Very well respected by clients and industry peers.

    Cons

    Doesn't know what to do with L4-L7 or consumer based products, such as ACE and WAAS, even eCDS. Routing and switching, UCS, are its sweet spot - let the F5's, Riverbed's, Aruba, and others fight it out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management rocks !!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best place to work for !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Storage Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Storage Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The D best company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    great company to work for but still needs improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going ! Please try to improve employee satisfaction and try to size the number of employees right instead of laying of people every year - announced and un-announced. Although you compensate the employees you get rid of, it is best that your business forecast aligns with your staffing needs and no overflow. Please keep the jobs in the United States.

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

    Great company overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Bouhemouth in the industry, great sales partnerships...good company

    Cons

    Comp plan structure could of been better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to detail

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was proud to work at Cisco but was very disappointed in many decisions made at the top.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, support of work/life balance, competitve salary, good review and reward system, ability to stretch and take on projects not in my job description and be recognized for the above and beyond work.

    Cons

    Corporate structure is too big to make quick decisions. Management doesn't empower their employees to make decisions to run the part of the business they are responsible for. Processes are slow. Too many past acquisitions thus losing focus on core competencies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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