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Cisco Systems Reviews in London, England

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best times are gone, but still a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The old days when stock options could make you rich are gone forever, but total package is still good, in the top 50% percentile of similar ICT companies. You can get RSU (restricted stock units) as a bonus each year.
    Networking is not as "hot" as it used to be 20 years ago, but it is still an interesting area for working, in terms of innovation and market opportunities.
    Work environment is OK, similar to other large ICT companies, not heaven and not hell, but still way better than a steel factory, although not as exciting as a startup or high tech software company.

    Cons

    Morale not great after many rounds of layoffs. The company needs a major shift to survive long term, which might be a threat or a great opportunity, depending on where you end up. Cisco was the Google of the 90s, now it looks more like IBM in the 90s. It is not an innovation leader anymore and market dominance is at risk.
    Many senior leaders are focused on politics and protecting their back, so the work environment is not as friendly and relaxed as it used to be. Some of the executives lack the vision, depth and personality. They can manage the "blah blah" in videos, but they fall short when it comes to real market understanding, technology vision and execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cultural shift in the last 20 years has been dramatic and not for the better. Part of it can be explained with market dynamics and makes sense, although not pretty. Unfortunately sometimes the baby was thrown with the water, while significant dirt remained and built up.
    The values and attributes that make a leader climb the ladder need to be revised significantly. Cisco needs less pretty internal propaganda slides and more solid work and sincerity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of transition in the company in the structure that leads unhappy employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great work life balance in the company.
    You are given lots of freedom
    Ability to work on big projects

    Cons

    No career progression
    Promotions are difficult
    Not very innovative. Cisco buys innovative companies
    Always lots of organizational change
    Pay below average in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You message about investing in people doesn't align with what actually happens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Like watching children in the park chasing a ball, only in this case it was attention of senior execs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Flexibility, home working, technology, environment

    Cons

    Politics, culture, vision, management, visibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Work with the smartest folks in the networking industry, and be constantly challenged. Cisco embodies a culture of "getting it done", albeit through the medium of constant escalation (you'll either survive, or wither and die through stress). Fast paced and stimulating environrment.

    Cons

    Work / life balance badly skewed. Benefits are slowly being eroded as the company drives for increased shareholder "profitability".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cascade trust in the organisation and relinquish control. Learn when to say no.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Struggling to make it through a long-term transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Some excellent people, particularly in the regional organisations and outside of corporate. People work very hard in general and there is a remarkable level of commitment given the churn that the company has experienced in the last few years. The company pays pretty well, and the ability to work from home, and be flexible in working hours is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Corporate is still far too inward looking, political and self-obsessed. Cisco aspires to be the #1 IT company in the world, but it struggles against younger, more nimble and more enlightened challengers in most of the markets in which it plays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to overhaul HR processes, particularly performance management and drag into the 21st century. There is a significant issue with managing expectations regarding promotions, and Cisco needs to consider implementing a structured rotation strategy.
    Continue to move to integrate product and service organisations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changes need to be made

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great people who want to be driven and pushed to innovate.

    Good salary

    Working remotely is welcomed

    Cons

    Where to start.. too many managers. Company focus is not clear. A lot of disorganization among VP's. Glory days seem to be behind them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start using your capital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company but needs to think more and do less

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Entreprenurial (still a bit!), can do attitude, great people

    Cons

    Pressure is relentless there is no time to think about anyDebthing. Senior players can make or break you. Hero to zero culture you can be a star for years and then if one senior VP decides he (and it normally is he) doesn't like you your days are numbered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people time to reflect as well as running at 100 miles an hour in different directions. Develop a big picture talent strategy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great brand, opportunities to learn and grow, fantastic and ambitious people around, work-life balance

    Cons

    You have to know how to play the game to get to the top... which holds true for most corporates but good talent can sometime go unrecognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have clearer path for career progression and not ambiguity. Value your people for what they bring to the table not for what they bring to the managers table. Go down a level and learn more of the truth !

    Recommends
  10.  

    Excellent employer which promotes personal growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Very good career choices
    Encourages learning
    Salaries is market related

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what youre doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too many chefs...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Cisco is very good in being accommodating and treats its employees with respect, respects their personal time and tries its best to be flexible.

    Cons

    Hierarchies are quite closed, there is little to no chance to get promoted and there seems to be a never ending number of management levels tripping over each other. Difficult to see accountability. Also since they introduced webex, people don't see eachother anymore and teams don't meet face to face anymore - a loss of humanity in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Temper the use of webex and telepresence. They are great tools but face to face is also important. Listen to your people and make sure managers are being properly evaluated by their teams, as all it takes is one bad manager to lose an excellent employee.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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