Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Energetic, innovative but high pressure

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Flat structure of management
    * Innovative, always looking for the next improvement
    * Great brand
    * Open attitude to communication
    * Good energy

    Cons

    * Very sales drive
    * Obsessed about meeting targets - Quarter end / year end chaotic
    * Short term view on customer retention
    * Dogmatic about terms of trade - inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    * Encourage cross-dept integration more, especially in the sales cycle
    * Adopt some flexibility
    * Think longer term (not just the next quarter end)
    * Invest in proper training.


  2. Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Ability to work from home
    Complete autonomy and ability to manage your own day
    Very trusting and empowering

    Cons

    Heavily matrixed organization - lots of overlap of responsibilities


  3. Great great company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant company, great culture... really trying to put key agendas such as inclusion and diversity at the forefront. Great products and really innovative

    Cons

    Mixed leadership strategy can be fustrationing, some managers are awful and hide behind the numbers,


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  5. Great Experience

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working Environment, People, Management, Life Balance, Compensation

    Cons

    Location, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else


  6. Nice company who wants to make a difference

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good career growth.
    Responsibility is given where it is earned.

    Cons

    There is a poor Work:Life balance

    Advice to Management

    I think a restructure of the performance grading scheme would be beneficial


  7. good company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great lifestyle
    flexible schedule
    training
    great company values

    Cons

    not so good benefits
    lack of transparency often
    less perks than in other places
    Holliday length
    promotions


  8. A Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to learn, motivated people, great benefits

    Cons

    Work Life balance and frequent promotion

    Advice to Management

    Please promote more frequestly


  9. Great Technology Company leading the world in Unified Communications and Networking

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco Systems has the ability to quickly produce and market the state of the art in technology. Cisco provides their employees the opportunity to gain certification in these technologies increasing a persons future job prospects and making them a sought after resource at many companies.

    Cons

    Cisco needs a little more focus on investing long term in their software strategy. Because the technology for cloud is now coming from open source, grassroots communities Cisco has not yet decided on the best path to follow.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more central governance regarding the cloud strategy and long term investment in current cloud software platforms offered by the company.


  10. Saving the internet of today

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work with smart intelligent people, who are equally as devoted to make the product better is a always a pleasure. Working in a DevOps culture, owning the product end to end and making sure its scalable and performant all come with challenges but good challenges to have.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, been here just over 3 years and enjoying everyday of my work still. Not many people can say that.

    Advice to Management

    Consider compensation and growth to enable the teams to be self sufficient.


  11. Great people, challenging organisation

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enthusiastic coworkers, some very capable
    Good benefits and flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Product direction unclear and frequently changing
    Poor integration of acquisitions leading to technical silos and isolation

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your existing customers as well as trying to woo new prospects
    Break down the silos, encourage collaboration



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