Cisco Systems Reviews in Morrisville, NC

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 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.  

    Great company to work for.

    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Flexible at Work.

    Cons

    NO INNOVATION. BAD MANAGEMENT(not all)

  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good software development experience at Cisco

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

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

    Pros

    Big company with decent benefits and opportunities to work from home.
    Good talent with lots of software experience.

    Cons

    Little training allowed during the job (not enough time or department money for classes).
    Manager turn over is very high (I've had more managers than years worked there).
    Hard to see direct connection to customer with products you are working on (too many layers of people in between).
    Yearly layoffs with little concern for talented people affected has created a bad morale situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying management 'cares about the employees' when they obviously don't with layoff after layoff.
    Executives continue to make a killing and hop internally from job to job while the average "Joe" worries whether they will have a job next week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Helping Colleagues
    No baby sitting by managers

    Cons

    Too noisy at time to concentrate on work as engineers share cubes in same area.
    Too many lay offs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Engineer  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly colleagues
    - Challenging jobs
    - Multiple opportunities to work with

    Cons

    - You will find yourself working after hours due to globalization
    - Dilbert is real here i.e. you will at times find yourself stuck within bureaucratic situations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Processes and Systems in Place to get the job done and to grow your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Small teams & Specialization, Mature Business Processes and Good Products
    Work Life flexibility
    Free Coffee
    Enough Time to catch up on cases. Tier 1 Calls are outsourced. Tier 2 Calls live transferred. Calls Rotate to other regions after 2pm.
    Good Systems for Knoweldgebase and customer support

    Cons

    Cubicle Work Environment / support teams clustered together and lots of noise at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Flexible company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    -Work/Life Balance
    -Flexible Work (from home, etc)
    -Chill Work Environment
    -Friendly peers and superiors

    Cons

    -Slow promotions
    -Slower work environment
    -Few defined/documented processes
    -No defined career pathing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Define career paths (especially for younger employees)
    -Change the rewards and promotion methodology (I've heard from many older employees that the fastest way to get promoted is to leave the company and then come back - that's bad.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    CALO COOP - RTP, NC

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CALO - CO-OP  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - CALO - CO-OP in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot about Cisco equipment. Developed a strong understanding of OSI layers 1 and 2. Help available when needed.

    Cons

    Yelling chain, overreactions from duty managers, poor employee (coops) quality. Questions are encouraged but then yelled at for asking them??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire college students with a strong work ethic, and get more involved with coops. Interview process should be much more strenuous and technical to weed out the suck ups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company but dealing on it's past successes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager II  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Cisco has an impressive amount of talent and an excellent portfolio of products. They are great at selling their services, software, and hardware.

    Cons

    Cisco relies too much on it's past successes and doesn't seem to be doing anything currently to successfully to maintain their position. Also, the company has grown beyond a start-up but still maintains that they have a "start-up mentality". This is wishful thinking. There is a huge amount of bureaucracy an inefficiency as with any company of similar size. Also, they are very big on talking about work-life balance but the reality is: If you want to be a good Cisco Employee, you are expected to live and breath Cisco.

    Some are o.k. with that and there are opportunities to succeed. However, if Cisco doesn't start moving to create new, exciting products and reclaim their efficiency and speed of development, the company will continue to lose it's market position and it's reputation in the industry will continue to degrade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly encourage bottom-up change. Also, consider switching to offering dividends instead of trying to maintain the growth of a start-up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Keep up the good work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Benefits and salary seem very competitive

    Cons

    Time and effort and I didn't like relocating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a good job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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