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Cisco Systems Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.5 226 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(172 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

    TAC Engineer (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsLearn a a lot about Cisco products

    ConsVery stressful 8 hour shifts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like assets

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    Would rather be homeless - expect continued flat growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementGrow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid company; career growth not great

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    ConsWork/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 Senior ManagementHire 1st line managers with people skills and the abilities to be open to diversity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company in Transition

    IT Program Manager (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    ConsCisco 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 Senior ManagementKeep sharing with the Cisco family the direction and how we will get there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Customer Support Engineer IV (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    Proswork from home, access to technology, good workplace

    Conscompetitive, sometimes hard to move up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good software development experience at Cisco

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Morrisville, NC

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

    ConsLittle 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cisco is a great place to work

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsCulture, great people, flexible schedule, cutting edge technology and collaborative environment. Many rotational and movement opportunities.

    Conslong hours, fast paced, big and complex environment, difficulty being agile and making quick decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Technical Leader I (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    ConsContinually 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cisco

    Technical Leader (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsTechnology exposure, Company name, and Expense Account.

    ConsPoor compensation, no job security.
    "Good old boy", network

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyed working here and solving customer issues and problems

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsAlot of help with the teammates, working culture is awesome, everyone is there is to help you

    ConsCompensation is not matching what other ppl in the same job is getting.
    Layoffs almost every year...and sometime without any reason.
    No concept of work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate employees with respect to the market.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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