Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 10, 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. Solid Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ridgewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ridgewood, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a solid company with very strong senior leadership and vision. The company makes good strategic decisions, and has a solid culture of achievement and accountability.

    Cons

    Large company reduces agility and increases time to execute. Can be challenging to navigate various groups and business units.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce complexity across businesses. Encourage change and mobility for employees across teams.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not as good as it once was

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    High Salary Lots of internal opportunities because of size of the business

    Cons

    Very bad internal politics Not innovative Not nearly as competitive as it used to be in terms of silicon valley companies Regular layoffs in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people again rather than managing to earnings. This has led to regular layoffs which has, in turn, led to negative employee morale.


  3. Whatever you think of Cisvo, it's true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Innovation, compensation, camaraderie, most leadership, brand and reputation. Cisco sets a high standard for its employees. The smart people are really smart.

    Cons

    Some customers are fed up with Cisco. "ABC" = anything but Cisco - that is still a thing. Cockiness is killing the sales team. New products are hitting the street before they are ready.

    Advice to Management

    Get closer to your customers, especially those that are treated like royalty. They are not as happy as you think. Trust the data, not your sales teams.


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  5. Solid Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Honest management, good customer focus, good products.

    Cons

    Significant bureaucracy, many layers to do anything outside of the norm is very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the customer and employee focus. Encourage more innovation and flexibility.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Cisco Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Edison, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn new technologies. Ability to move into different areas of business. Policy allows transfers without interference of management.

    Cons

    Layoffs and force reductions a constant factor over past five years. Tendency to discard senior employees for less expensive new hires. Too many of layers of management whose only function is to run meetings with no effect on actual sales.

    Advice to Management

    Want to save money? - reduce the layers of upper management that only pass info up and down the food chain.


  7. 15 year veteran in Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great products, great people, great customer relationships.

    Cons

    Company has many business units that don't always cooperate. Diffuse cloud strategy.


  8. Great people!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, excellent talent and great sales teams

    Cons

    Very political, slow decision making


  9. Overall, it has been a very positive experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great training. If you get through the interview process, you are in for the long haul...If you want to move around, there are lots of opportunities to jump from position to position

    Cons

    Too much process to get things done. Difficult to move upward. Very driven by numbers on a week, monthly & quarterly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline. Make simple activities easier to accomplish.


  10. Network Consulting Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NCE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NCE in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture, supportive management

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are few and limited

    Advice to Management

    Get the stock above 30


  11. Helpful (8)

    Use to be the best place to work, now horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Use to be great and pretty good layoff packages

    Cons

    Use to be great. Now nothing but layoffs and promises of more layoffs. Moral has crashed and the work environment has turned super negative

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the old company



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