Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Technical Heaven

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    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Awesome collaboration with teammates
    Excellent training materials
    Great Benefits
    Very flexible working hours

    Cons

    Promotion path is very outdated and slow
    You can feel like you are out on an island because most people work virtually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the promotion process more transparent and have additional opportunities for employees to advance to the next phase in their career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Project Manager - Data Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager - Data Center in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Project Manager - Data Center in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The People, the Culture, Environment

    I was treated very well, and it was relatively easy to get up to speed on things

    Cons

    Tough to get in - Working there as a contractor and getting praise and great reviews yet still getting dear John letters in reply when posting for internal positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LOVED working there... One thing did jump out, they do love to promote from within which is wonderful, however, great technical people do not always make good people managers, and that did seem to happen a bit more there than other places I have been, that was only real thing I saw on occasion I would personally work more on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. Cisco is a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Transparent leadership (starts from the top with John Chambers)
    Progressive company, management doesn't run away from issues but deals with them head on
    Technology available to employees is second to none
    Flexibility

    Cons

    San Jose based company that needs to be reminded about the time difference with RTP at times. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to be transparent in all facets of the business.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Velvet handcuffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Company provided excellent benefits including great salaries and 401k marching that vests immediately. Work life balance can be managed in certain roles. Options for telecommuting allow great flexibility.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career growth are lacking Management seems opposed to lateral moves that Can help individuals develop a career if they do not see how it contributes to their specific organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain employees, provide clear opportunities for career development, especially for new hires in the university program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Happiest I've been in my career

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Competent management. At least my immediate boss is pretty amazing. He doesn't micromanage and takes care of all the politics so I don't have to.

    - Challenging environment. Being a cutting-edge shop there is always demand for you to learn more skills and contribute more. I found it very easy to contribute at a level above my paygrade, which made me indispensable to my team.

    - Smart peers. These are the most competent coworkers I've ever had. They make me feel like a dummy on a regular basis but never hesitate to teach or show me new things. Very humble, good for a laugh or a joke, very hardworking.

    Cons

    - Getting converted from a contractor to full-time is a big giant question mark. Despite contributing amazing results, it still may not happen due to machinations going on higher up in the food chain.

    - Having to get in on contract (and thus through recruiters) is a hassle. Recruiting firms are generally incompetent and selfish in my personal experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Spend some time/money to source contractors directly. You'll save yourself time and aggravation. I have applied directly to other large companies and the process was much less painful than having to go through a consulting agency. That could just be my personal bias as I really dislike working with recruiters.

    - Be a little more consistent with hiring/firing seasons. An arbitrary hiring freeze mixed in with an unexpected round of layoffs destroys morale and prevents departments that NEED more help from growing. Some of the teams I support seem to have a blank check for hiring and yet those groups that support the growing teams don't have any ability to expand to keep up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Consistant Lays-offs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    they try to promote a work-life balance although you may work long hours when it comes to certain projects. Great place for flexibility and buffer to learn new stuff. Able to work from home on most occasions. The benefits are excellent! The work culture is exceptional; everybody is willing to pitch in and help out whenever possible. And there are tons of resources to use.

    Cons

    there are plenty of work compensation and promotion complaints. Most importantly there have been at least 4-5 job lay-offs in the last decade...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an effective plan that will help appease the compensation and promotion complaints. Also ease the fear of employees being laid off year after year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Yes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSE in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - CSE in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Love this place. Long hours sometimes but fair compensation and decent office amenities. I would totally recommend it.

    Cons

    The expectations are that you act intelligent and put in a fair amount of work. It's not easy but it's awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Sr Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities. Lot to learn

    Cons

    Too much politics, negative energy.

    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours and location, with the clear expectation that work must be done on-time, and with quality results.

    Cons

    Very complex company, and will take a new employee a long time to ramp up and understand the company as a whole...Years to understand it holistically. This is because there is not a traditional hierarchical org structure - rather think of it like many moving parts with virtual teams organized quickly and constant restructures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people, and keep letting them work anytime anywhere - when appropriate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Approachable and nice people. Excellent Benefits and overall good experience

    Cons

    Only hiring in NC, and lack of cohesive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on talent retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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