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Cisco Systems Reviews in Milpitas, CA

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.4 72 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Program Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsCasual, structured enough, flexible enough.

ConsUpper Management heavy, middle management heavy.
Contractors do more work than employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf a contractor has been around and performing better than your employee. Fire one, Hire the other.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsGood people ... Flexible schedule . Work from home . Work life balance.

ConsToo many directors/sr directors /vps who don't contribute much in value. Engineering talent weaker relatively .

Advice to Senior ManagementCutoff the mgmt slack and increase engineer productivity

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work and grow

Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 3 years

Proschallenging and interesting projects, collaborative team work, flexible work schedule, smart people

Conssometimes people don't share information or share the wrong information

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on building collaborative work force

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Completely incompetent and oblivious management

Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsGood work/life balance. Bonuses were reasonably good until this year.

ConsWhen on the same week the company announces a layoff of 5000 employees, you also have the CEO reporting record compensation for himself, it tends to affect motivation within. Cisco has a tendency of putting or promoting under-qualified individuals in key roles. At this point I feel the company is in an irreversible downward spiral. Many executives are jumping ship in the face of Software Defined Networking and the disruption it represents to Cisco's fat margins on its core product line.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet realistic about what is occurring and shake up senior management and the board. Stop relying on the army of foreign workers for innovation as well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A long term place to work

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsThere is a good work life balance.
Plenty of change to move around.

ConsTop heavy
Heavy work by vendor teams
Older technologies

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CISCO needs serious attention in worker productivity

Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Prosif you like to arrive between 9 and 10 am, take over 1 hour lunches and leave at 4:30 p to go to company gym this is the place for you to work.

ConsSLOW project assignments and then hurry up and wait attitude on new projects.
Engineers are too busy discussing their expected bonus shortfall than finishing work.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should act, dress and talk like professionals. Managers in jeans, tennis shoes and t-shirts present the wrong image. some look like they just came in from a basketball game. Was recently criticized for coming in to early. was told it makes the rest of us look bad.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Depends on the team/product

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsIt's easy to take time out for family and personal stuff. Some teams work on cutting edge stuff and are very good for learning but there are also a lot of other teams which work on sustaining old products and don't have a lot of learning opportunities.

ConsCompensation and other perks are not that great and it's hard to get a promotion. Lots of bureaucracy to contend with. The constant lay-offs and changes in direction can also make it difficult for you to focus.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on the bureaucracy. Reduce management overhead and invest in new technologies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stable company, lots of thing to learn

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsCisco is the number #1 networking company. There are a lot of thing to learn on the cutting edge technology.

ConsCisco does not pay salary as high as its peers. Healthcare cost contribution is also high. Long commute to work for me.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should create more fun thing for employee like having more department picnics, group outing, bring children to work day ...etc.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Program Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsDynamic but highly positive and supportive work culture. Innovative people all around

Consno specific cons ,usual big company challenges specifically encountered SILOs few times

Advice to Senior Managementbreak up SILOs to encourage win as one team

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place for both work and life

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

ProsBalanced work and life. Flexible working time

ConsToo many layoff. No free food.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake the CISCO more attractive to young students. It looks like as old as IBM now...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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