Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Two Summer Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - GMCC Security Services Marketing Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - GMCC Security Services Marketing Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The culture is great! All employees look out for others and understand people's scenarios. Cisco is a very flexible company and allows employees to work remotely. Office locations are global so they offer many opportunities to work in other areas and countries.

    Cons

    Bigger office locations can be in areas that are heavy in traffic, Raleigh, NC, San Jose, CA,, etc. Public transportation can be limited depending on the office location.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do the great job that you do! Employees feel appreciated and feel that their work is not going unnoticed.


  2. Operations Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cary, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, and compensation

    Cons

    Yearly restructure results in large number of layoffs. Constant Leadership changes that slows down progress.


  3. IoE does not reach inward

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco campuses have many amenities. There are many ways that you can stand out. They have a large infrastructure which can be supportive. Teams are open and friendly to new people and it is easy to make friends if you come with an open attitude.

    Cons

    Cisco is an enterprise! There are so many departments within Cisco that no one knows or often dares to ask what they do. Often part of your job might be researching what departments and who are is in charge of the elements you have the responsibility of improving or changing. In some departments they are just now embracing Agile development. Alas to do so they are using multiples of online tools that don't interact with each other. It seems most departments prefer using spreadsheets that are not live or shared and have to be updated by every member of the team to 'stay up-to-date'.

    Advice to Management

    IT and the company as a whole needs pushed to embrace the online collaborative tools that other companies have been using to develop consistent re-usable code for a decade. Invest and partner with the companies that make shareable tools to enhance tech and business productivity.


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  5. Everyone's So Friendly! (Located in RTP)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - College Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - College Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The title says it all: People are friendly. Everyone is very outgoing, and happy to help with whatever you're working on, offer advice, give guidance, their own perspective, etc. Flexible work hours/telecommuting is also a major plus. So much emphasis is put on new talent, and promoting from within, as well as movement across different departments and organizations/teams.

    Cons

    ...Echo-ing another reviewer's sentiment, that there's always this sense of having to "tune in" 24/7 to Cisco-everything. Maybe it's just a steep learning curve, or a wrong culture fit, but it's something that I've definitely noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with all the changes going on right now!


  6. Test Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Cary, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Some cool projects

    Cons

    Poor upper management decisions. Yearly layoffs Harsh culture


  7. NCE

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Flexibility, Good Opportunities, Lots of Benefits

    Cons

    Complex hierarchy, Rapid Changes in management can make your career stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Make the major management changes 'less' often


  8. Loosing Steam

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Cisco supports working remote, which can be a perk. They pay their employees well compared to other IT companies. There is never a shortage of work and Cisco is always wanting to change.

    Cons

    ...They act like a small start up, even though they are clearly a 75k+ employee company. Always changing, outdated trainings and internal support. Sr. leadership is like a revolving door. There is not enough budget for promotions.


  9. Director, Human Resources

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Innovation, Collaboration, Empowerment, Integrity, Customer First, Employee Engagement

    Cons

    Internal Politics, conflict avoidance, opportunity to do more across functions

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering your teams


  10. Customer Advocacy Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    Pros

    I like the Flexibility and ability to work anywhere

    Cons

    Much of the staff is older unless you're in Sales or Marketing

    Advice to Management

    Great job training leaders to be open minded


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company Facing Difficulties

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

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, paired with challenging and rewarding work. Great teams doing amazing work, with significant focus on emerging technologies.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance. Easy to get lost in the shuffles. Ongoing layoffs. Losing talent rapidly. Review process is nebulous at best.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs are not the answer to the problems you are facing. Losing talent, or driving it away, is impairing your ability to function.



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