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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the last remaining pro (in 666 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home when needed or desired (in 369 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistent (in 184 reviews)

  • BIG company that treats employees as interchangeable (in 170 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to build a career but challenging at the moment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good culture, great brand, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough people
    Products set keeps getting bigger (which is good) but not enough resources to sell them

    Advice to Management

    Cost reduction efforts are hurting day to day business
    To grow more people are needed at the coal-face


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cisco

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    one of the best places to work for, empowering culture, flexible work environment, competitive compensation package

    Cons

    Drop in mid level leadership quality, "more talk, less walk" culture creeping in, weak HR organisation, lack of clarity around promotion process

    Advice to Management

    Go back to focus on execution, remove employees who create a political environement


  3. command and control management organization with the trappings of a meritocracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were above average for the industry, with employees encouraged to work from home. Work/Life balance was okay, though policies were spottily applied and changed in their application from manager to manager.

    Cons

    The quality of your job experience will depend on your manager - there are large sections of middle managers and sales people who have no performance criteria other than to show up. There is little management by objectives if you have been with the organization for a long period or have political connections. This encourages the worst forms of intrigue and game playing. Frequent reorganizations and redundancies are a part of "American Style" culture.

    Advice to Management

    -Spin off the optics division which is being smothered within the larger Cisco Systems juggernaut
    - Have sales people earn a minimum of three times their salary in profits on sales, per year as a standard management objective, and
    - have tougher incentives on mid level managers


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  5. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    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

    Customer centric, results driven individuals, teams and management

    Cons

    Risks becoming overwhelmed with internal business process like other large IT vendors, simply due to it's size.

    Advice to Management

    The IT industry is certainly in a rapid state of change, but don't forget the winning formula that has lead to Cisco's success


  6. Amazing Culture and Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Director in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing technolgy, very caring leadership, excellent pay and compensation, flexible work, you eat your own dog food. I had telepresence at home could work when I needed to and had total autonomy to make decisions

    Cons

    Sometimes the CEO made a few mistakes and he did not realise until to late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead from the front and continue to look after your people


  7. Contract life with Cisco

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Road Warrior in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Road Warrior in Melbourne (Australia)

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

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

    Pros

    Great innovative products and great online training

    Cons

    Poor support services to back up sales efforts (in Australia)

    Advice to Management

    Ramp up ratio of technical support people to sales people



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