Cisco Systems Reviews in London, UK

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 630 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 182 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 165 reviews)

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  1.  

    Move the middle management around to find the weak managers

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, A large corporate with very good benefits.

    Cons

    Small cog in a big machine - middle management are under motivated and over payed. Thus lack the dedication required to support your personal career growth. The work life balance doesn't exsist for many, but this is compounded by the fact that others in the same teams and roles get away with doing very little, and it is never picked up by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discussions with management end with management telling what they think you want to hear and then do nothing to back it up over the next cycle. Move middle management around - especially in the support roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer, if you have the right manager

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

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

    Pros

    An incredible degree of flexibility and innovation in all aspects of the business combined with a strong focus on employee development.

    Cons

    Your experience will largely depend on your manager. A good manager will take you far, whereas a weak manager will impede your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your managers--retaliation and favoritism are rife, and have the potential to damage your business and your brand going forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An excellent company that really looks after their employees

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong culture of giving back to the community
    Excellent work-life balance and flexibility to work from home where appropriate
    Strong focus around culture and respect for the individual

    Cons

    Some roles are less accountable and people have less of an impact on the final outcome than it should be.
    Internal systems and processes are horrendous.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good

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

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

    Pros

    people, process, flexibility W-L Balance

    Cons

    Not a lot I can think of. except perhaps long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative culture, good people - company working hard to stay ahead of the game

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

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of good people and a decent salary range. There are good benefits and an innovative culture that allows flexible working to a degree though there are nice office locations too that have plenty of drop-in workspaces. you can get a lot of autonomy which leads to good prospects to move internally or take on new projects.

    Cons

    higher management is slightly over-heavy though this is getting better, a tendency for people to stay a long time so upward movement can sometimes be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move around more, create the space for people to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Cisco UK great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, employee friednly

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewards and Recognition programs for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company still too top heavy, but with some great employees

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderful employees at Cisco, and generally a very strong work ethic. Most people are genuinely trying to do their best for the company. There is a good opportunity to work globally and certainly to experience interaction with people from around the world, using virtual collaboration tools.

    Cons

    Weak HR means that managers deal with an antiquated performance management process (based on a 15 year old GE model); lots of unhealthy politics at the SVP level and too many Directors sitting pretty due to tenure; recent RIFs have taken a slice out of the workforce, but not out of the much more expensive layers of the organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the new HR leader to implement real and substantive change to performance management, management education, and to create an independent HR function. Before relentlessly pursuing a shared service model, perform adequate impact assessments on the impacted functions - we're entering a world of pain in the name of Opex cutting, which will have to be reversed when the complaints become too great to ignore (by which time, the orchestrators will have been promoted or moved to their next 'big' role at another tech company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Respect for technical staff and acknowledged value

    Cons

    There are no real downsides

  10.  

    Excellent Technical Prowess

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New venture, Good Investment on New features

    Cons

    Expensive for poor back ground people to grow with Cisco !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it access able to normal people too!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Business Development

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, access to knowledge, brand recognition, quality of products and support.

    Cons

    clarity of vision between product and services, not a growth company, limited career progression, limited use of tech for HR and recruitment support, ecruitment process end to end both internal and external

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better career and performance management. Improve recruitment process end to end both internal and external

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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