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Cisco Systems Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
5,417 Reviews
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Use to be the best place to work, now horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice company, but too unstable!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a few reasons to work here--mainly, its the work from home option. But never expect a promotion, never expect a pay raise. Everyone just pretends all is well...until you get hit with annual review.

    Cons

    The main problem is that you would think there are internal secret training documents--there exist no such thing. Also, you are expected to do everything on your own. Training--on your own. In fact, there really is NO training except for the 1st New Hire training for NCE's. This company also has had 4 layoffs in the past 4 years. So, there is no stability. 8000+ people were laid off, this round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves. Most are sucking the company dry. Fire John Chambers. CEO since when? 1986? A $50 mil private jet? A billionaire CEO? And the stock price is what? Cisco has basically been dying as a company since 2000. There is no new innovation, the lack of real talent is palpable and really has fled the gates for better, more dynamic companies. Look at Arista for how to run a real company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and employees, needs a more definitive roadmap and business model

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, smart people, well respected in the industry, Core products can't be beat.

    Cons

    Cisco is struggling with mission statement and business relevancy, losing innovative spirit. Some people have been there too long. Internal politics is clouding their vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what business you want to be in. Encourage innovation rather than in-fighting within the product groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a good company

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

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

    Pros

    smart people, work hard, good mobility to move around. Excellent benefits. Work with top companies in the world as customers.

    Cons

    pay is average. Cisco leadership is spotty in some places but rolling layoffs have helps get rid of most. Rolling layoffs are not great but are needed to weed out bottom 5%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more to the front line folks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Money is relatively low for experience / CERT-level, but job is low pressure and MgmT is awesome

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NCE in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - NCE in Iselin, NJ

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

    Pros

    work from home, life-work balance--you cannot beat it. That is major reason why I will not leave. Who wants a 2 hour commute--even if pay is 200k? Forget that! Managers are cool as well, for the most part. Engineering talent is top-notch. Also, its easy to get training.

    Cons

    easy to get lazy. Time-off policy is extremely flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop constantly restructuring--and quell RIF rumors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, great development and rewarding under the right management team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The freedom is performing you job, this includes the flexibility of working from home or any office and the responsibilities of time and expense management.

    The company puts a lot of trust in you as an individual contributor.

    The biggest plus are your coworkers and the support you receive and contribute to them.

    Cons

    If you are unfortunate with a poor manager that you report to can make the job a challenge, but you can meet him/her prior to taking a position reporting to him/her.

    The raises and promotions are a bit too few and too far apart, but the ability to work from home saves on many expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right talent, trust that talent (do not micro manage) and reward results.

    Foster the team relationship, as it is one of the most valuable pro's to the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Getting started because at that time Cisco expended new hires to hit the ground running.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I made lots of money. There is a great amount of travel.

    Cons

    No direction from management and do everything yourself. Technical supports is ether very good or nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because a guy makes his numbers please don't use that as the determining factor for making that person a manager. Sometimes people are just lucky with falling into great buying accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Still a great place to work, but need to shake out the changes quickly and move forward

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work, great people, flexibility, challenging work, great customers and visibility.

    Cons

    Constant changes in direction, compensation stays stuck where you first started, arcane performance review process. Self promoters do well at the expense of those who actually contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the compensation structure, recognize contributions. Need major changes to sales goaling, it needs to look at more than just the fiscal year - make it relevant to long term outcomes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities within the company. Culture helps you succeed. Make your own hours as long as you get your work done and are productive.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Socially responsible company that gets involved in the local communities.

    Cons

    Culture that once made it great is all but gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in engineering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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