Cisco Systems Reviews in London, England

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
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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.  

    Too many chefs...

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    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
  2.  

    Challenging, rewarding but at times frustrating!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Outstanding solutions, great extended team,flexible environment and well rewarded. The quality and variety of business solutions that you can bring to the table working for Cisco sales is second to none, backed up by local and HQ based expertise, there are a broad range of business conversations that you can drive with customers.

    Cons

    Flat matrix structure means that whilst you can generally get things done quickly, career progress is slow due to limited options to move upwards. If you want to move sideways, great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great top leadership, terrible middle-manager

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    Former Employee - Project Team Lead  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Team Lead in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Cisco is one of those companies that can tell you what is going to happen in 10 years.
    The (sometimes tough) directions the company is taking is showing a great sense of decision-making, strategies and insight.

    As for the employees they are given the best care, best tools, the best hardware, the best trainings I've seen so far in my career.

    Cons

    Most employees are now hired through acquisitions. That was my case.
    It is a good thing in itself, but this is a real problem for the company culture, meant to be open, collaborative and turned towards the future, when former managers looking at surviving the next week come into play.

    You end up in a very interesting situation where the middle management is essentially anti-productive:
    - very short term thinking
    - no decision making, seeking "consensus" (which essentially means hiding until you can't hide anymore)
    - focused on personal career, not on the team development.
    In this environment, blame and backstabbing are very common, and not surprisingly talents get discouraged, or leave.

    I personally loved my job and Cisco, and got caught in the middle of a management lack of decision, rendering months of hard work into dust, where a simple professional discussion could have solved the matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cisco is a GREAT company, with a great culture, great products and a great future.

    It is being wasted by the bureaucracy self-generated by managers who take no decision and just wait there.
    Do something. This company is worth it. Not anyone can be a manager. Being a manager means taking decisions and risks.

    Top leaders should spend more time coaching/replacing middle management when there are clear signs of disfunction.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experiences sales and marketing professional with proven track record of delivering results

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    Current Employee - Sales & Development Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales & Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of working remotely, Talented people, Great technology

    Cons

    Too big, top down approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to develop people and embrace Job Rotation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits; A lot of people to learn from

    Cons

    Sometimes there is too much preassure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive instead of reactive when it comes to employees' issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very good and autonomous environment to work in. Fantastic work ethics. Great quality work life balance.

    Cons

    Support departments not great. Building is very outdated - does not have a great look and feel of a software enterprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity and open management style will be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still a world-class company, but struggling to get to grips with its size

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Operations Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Operations Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some excellent people, immensely talented, committed and hard-working. Demanding environment, with continuous challenges. I've never had a dull day in 13 years working for the company. There are still opportunities for international assignments, but becoming more challenging than in the past. Compensation and rewards are good, depending on level.

    Cons

    Company still too corporate focused in spite of its global remit. There is a need for a massive change management exercise to bring the culture to be more process orientated, and for decision-making to be more objective. Too much change ordered from top down but with ineffective change management below VP and even Director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a 6 - 9 month review of the business and identify the areas of duplication between business units. Cut out whole business units and bring together like activities in new operating units focused on delivering value to the customer. e.g. huge overlap between Product & Service which not only confuses customers in terms of delivery, but is wasteful in terms of resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, highly competitive pay, intense work environment, very casual atmosphere allowing for remote working.

    Cons

    Managers free to fire people they don't like for no reason. Excellence is demanded (But it should be for the salaries they pay)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Innovation purchased, not invented here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large balance sheet, stable company, deep bench.

    Cons

    Not willing to risk the purse on anything, status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more risk otherwise your BU may not be there next year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Top place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy to move around the company and change role / country
    Good reputation
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    cost cutting helped preserve jobs but in the past it was much more fun. Hopefully it will come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fun is still on our badges... and it doesn't rhyme with Webex

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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