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Cisco Systems Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good Compnany

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, ease with working from home, many opportunities to get involved in the community.

    Cons

    Many layoffs within the past couple years, downsizing to save cost; constant re-orgs, with many downstream effects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good company, culture, and people. Normal problems for a (very) large company.

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, smart, fun people. Work/life balance is respected and encouraged. Changing jobs internally is encouraged and necessary to prevent stagnation. World class benefits. Outstanding high level leadership, middle management less so.

    Cons

    Too often there are simply too many people on projects and in meetings which hinders ownership, accountability, and progress. While pay is in line with industry and geographic location advancement and compensation increases are very hard to come by which is the nature of such a large organization. You can move around to different roles across the company fairly easily but that doesn't really translate to pay increases or promotions. Global nature of teams and work means meetings will cut into personal time. Company is highly San Jose centric - partly understandable but no less frustrating at times for those in remote locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the company to create smaller, more focused, more driven businesses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company with great reputation. However upper mgt needs to change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Support Manager in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Ahead of the curve as far as services and most products.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are very limited and overall morale is low given workload and lack of raises and stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth...stock, annual raises. We're still too top heavy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great to work for but unreliable

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

    Pros

    Some departments are strong and well managed, good to work for but expect you to work.

    Cons

    Ill use of office space, will often be put in unfinished cubicles, or in in-use cubicles. Can be fired as a result of reorganizations of space if contractor

    Note: While working at Cisco I was part of two departments, the first I have no complains about (internal educational training), was well managed and strong. However I then transferred to the accounts receivable department, where I was put in a cubicle which was clearly already occupied, within a month of transferring there was a inter-departmental fight over the cubes, our team of four was transferred to another building where there were only two cubicles, and I was "coincidentally" let go with little and shifting explanations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Would rather be homeless - expect continued flat growth

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

    Pros

    Some good people work here. They can be very supportive, freely share expertise, information, and are excellent problem solvers.

    Cons

    Management is mostly clueless, and cronyism is rampant. It's more about personal relationships than actual ability. It's about the personal bottom line, and 98% of management cannot handle constructive criticism. This is killing company growth and profitability.

    Too many people who take credit for, and are awarded for, the work of others.

    Watch your back, who you share information with, and be aware and wary of those who view you as a threat to their desire for recognition and upward mobility.

    Always have a powerful rabbi. Preferably in the Sr. VP range to provide protection from the Director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up. Put your egos in check. Learn where the optimal value is coming from. Quit promoting based on who you personally likes (ie the guy who toots your horn), and promote based on the real measurable value an IC delivers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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

    Pros

    work from home, access to technology, good workplace

    Cons

    competitive, sometimes hard to move up

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid company; career growth not great

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

    Pros

    Compensation is better than most companies in the area
    Telecommuting is an optional benefit

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance - Always on....
    Office culture - if you work from home primarily, you lose out on interpersonal connections that lead to advancement.
    Performance Management plan administration needs to be taught to managers along with basic communication skills. Hard to be a high performing employee when placed on a new team. Perception is reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire 1st line managers with people skills and the abilities to be open to diversity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company in Transition

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

    Pros

    Flexible work - work from home, flex hours as needed. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Cisco used to be a great company to work for and may again be a great company. Right now they are struggling to find their new identity which is causing a lot of stress for the workers. Raises? non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sharing with the Cisco family the direction and how we will get there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Reactionary Company where the best way to enter the company is through an acquisition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros

    Flexible Work Hours and Work Location when working for a manager that embraces the usage of tools.

    Cons

    Continually Squeezed Compensation. 80/20 rule. Senior Management with the exception of the CEO come and make an impact and leave the mess for someone else.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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

    Pros

    Learn a a lot about Cisco products

    Cons

    Very stressful 8 hour shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like assets

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