Cisco Systems Reviews in London, UK

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 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. 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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Respect for technical staff and acknowledged value

    Cons

    There are no real downsides

  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Excellent Technical Prowess

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    never boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    challenging and always changing environment.
    Cisco has the best people in the industry

    Cons

    sometimes can be daunting
    compensation can be not up to competitors standard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The good times are more of a memory now

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand name and strong foundation on what used to be a great company. Lots of flexibility if you have the right manager and can persuade them what you're doing is right. The opportunity to work with some very bright people (harder to find these days) and with leading edge technology. Open corporate culture.

    Cons

    More redundancies creating a culture of fear and resentment. Job and career uncertainty by continual hiring freezes and arbitrary changes in expense policy. Sustained effective pay cuts such as reduction in restricted stock, no more company-provided internet, no more soft beverages, unreasonable goals (taxes) for technical people not based on merit. Reduction in hiring quality and talent recognition.

    No one will tell you these are the glory days. They're long gone. This is a company that pretends to itself it's still cool and fun. But it really, really isn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either accept you're being run by bean-counters and rebrand the whole outfit to a modern IBM or sack the thousands of SVPs ruining the company and make it a great place to work again. Stop laying off people every year and let us plan great things without constantly being told we can't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Could be a lot better

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

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

    Pros

    Good perks
    Work from home
    Pay well

    Cons

    its not how good you are, but who you know, and how well you suck up to them
    Senior management have no idea about real life out in the field
    Too many managers who are no good
    Lots of people sitting around not doing much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop investing in rubbish
    Identify and get rid of dead wood
    Make senior managers approchable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for with a great ethic

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, well paid, great working conditions

    Cons

    Too many managers doing very little and like to throw the dominoes in the air at the end of financial year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let staff just get on with the job in hand and not interfere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Rewarding, fun and creative - but at a price

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Culture, diversity, workstyle, market ominance

    Cons

    Without doubt = the hours. Long Long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a bit more time at the mid level, appreciate the sheer amount of output in employees own time....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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