Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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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. Incredible Company Overall

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Awesome people
    -Great work/life balance
    -Flexible hours
    -Ability to work from home
    -Really amazing benefits (the most comprehensive healthcare I've ever had)
    -A nice bonus when the company is doing well
    -Management truly cares about my development and growth

    Cons

    -Due to Cisco being a very large company, sometimes a lot of bureaucracy and politics
    -Sometimes slow pace of execution and adaptation - once again due to being a large company (Cisco is going through a lot of effort to improve this though)
    -Can be challenging to move up, sometimes promotion is based on politics (more so about who you know as opposed to your merit/achievements)

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing well overall, but there is a lot of high level talk about goals (more innovation, move faster, etc.), however, there is little talk of the challenges to meeting these goals and how the company is addressing these challenges. Overall, less positivism and more realism.


  2. Great Culture and Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good corporate citizenship
    Leading technology
    People matter
    Constant opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    Long hours (nothing unusual for Silicon Valley)
    Advancement takes a long time


  3. Helpful (2)

    Product Management Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large corporate for better or worse. There ample opportunities to move in between divisions in the company and by and large there is job stability assuming you are not in the bottom 10% or in the wrong business unit. In one of the divisions I worked at, the product management people were smart, motivated and very friendly group of people. I also received quite a bit of responsibility and autonomy in my day to day job. That said, that was not the case in the first division I was at.

    Cons

    It's a big company...Priorities change quickly, managers change, etc so you have to feel comfortable with sometimes choppy waters in terms of focus and direction. Senior management many times seemed more preoccupied building their own walled garden than broader collaboration within the company. Lastly, I was not impressed with the quality of engineers and organic innovation. By and large, this is a sales driven organization rather than a product/engineering driven organization.

    Advice to Management

    Promote organic innovation, focus on hiring, remove the myopic focus on quarterly P&L and establish incentives for cross business unit and division collaboration.


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  5. Software Engineer IV

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Work life balance.
    2. Decent benefit and health insurance.
    3. Invest on office facility improvement.

    Cons

    1. Too much politics inside company daily operation.
    2. Engineering department is getting less and less ethnic diversity
    3. Low compensation on people staying longer.

    Advice to Management

    1. Be fair to direct report.
    2. Help others to grow. Have the heart to let people even grow over.
    3. Create a respect and helping each other working environment.


  6. Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture is good, cross-functional collaboration, keep the job is easy but promotion is not easy. Company is doing good, quarterly report is doing good. Training opportunity is good.

    Cons

    They are having layoffs every year, not a good company to work for any more. Compensation is not as good as other top companies. Cisco process is very heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the heavy process and make employee more productive, to make employee spend more time on real things not the heavy process, and reporting structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    it is just ok. ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    a lot of politicians working for this co.

    Advice to Management

    take less meeting, care more about the team


  8. Helpful (2)

    Zoo

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    paycheck. name looks good on resume.

    Cons

    back-stabbing. don't stay long. hostile management.

    Advice to Management

    none.because why should i waste my breath.


  9. Working in CTG

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    relative relaxed working environment and sufficient resources. You can get a lot of training especially useful for new grads.

    Cons

    The canteen is not good and you have to go to somewhere else for food. And sometimes too relaxed and sometimes too busy.


  10. Cisco Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Work life balance
    - Lots of company events

    Cons

    - No transparency
    - Long standing traditions that the company cannot change
    - Annual Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Have more transparency


  11. Test IOS software features on Connected Grid routers and switches platforms.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Life and work balance, flexible work time, great opportunity to learn new skills

    Cons

    compensation is not that good.



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