Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Employee Relations Manager

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    ability to work remotely, great team collaboration - love the corporate culture and care of employees at Cisco

    Cons

    work-life balance can be a challenge at times

  2. Multimedia Designer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Multimedia Designer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Multimedia Designer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, everyone is very knowledgable in their fields. There truly is real team effort and people working together to get projects done. For a company that is about networking, they make it very easy to work remotely and still be part of team projects.

    Cons

    As a long-term contract worker, there is no stability or assurance of employment, even though we're assured the work is there and we'll be needed, contracts still need to be renewed every quarter and on occasion there are problems. In the last few years, they've had major layoffs and restructuring that has eliminated thousands of talented and skilled people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, great work-life balance, great compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are many pros about working for Cisco including: work-life balance, compensation, culture, benefits, people etc.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the layered management staff. In many cases there can be 10 managers over an individual contributor. In this case it is very unlikely that individual can be properly recognized for their contributions.

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  5. Data Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst, Program Manager Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Data Analyst, Program Manager Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    wonderful opportunities but lack of direction.

    Cons

    Lack of direction by managers.

    Advice to Management

    Use vision to direct, make no assumptions - we all know what assumption means. Make clear what is needed.

  6. Technical Heaven

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    I am just a number

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    Current Employee - Controller in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Controller in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, balance, benefits, employee activities, opportunity to change roles internally

    Cons

    Manual and inefficient processes, politics, slow to change, too many redundancies, no sense of making a difference or contributing, no career path, limited process documentation, job rotations occur too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Value and listen to your employees, simplify systems and processes, give merit increases, get rid of excess human capital

  8. Helpful (1)

    Hit or Miss

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    Former Employee - Engineer TAC & HTTS in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer TAC & HTTS in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco has the resources to do anything they want. If they want to fix a problem they can. The saying at Cisco is, there are jobs.. just not a lot of good ones.

    Cons

    The last 20 years created a huge outsourcing black hole, and along with that many engineers were brought into the US to support customers here and abroad. Unfortunately they don't speak English very well, and many are completely unintelligible. Some of the managers are also from India and don't want to remove these folks, and so the work gets piled onto the US engineers to make up for them.. so you'll become their mule.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to seriously look at the lower management and figure out who needs to go. Just because you had a CCIE in 1990 doesn't mean you know anything about IT, Telecommunications, or business process management.

  9. Helpful (1)

    15 year Cisco IT veteran, had enough of the Cisco culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco was a very exciting company to work for. Very rewarding with endless possibilities. Good benefits, tuition reimbursement, PTO time. Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home. ESPP.

    Cons

    Middle management hell and they are afraid of their own shadows.
    Constant limited restructuring causes continuous fears of being laid off.
    Difficult to be promoted, unless you drop everything your doing and appease your director by chasing the shiny ball. You don't get rewarded for excelling at your daily job, its more important to kiss senior managements rear end and get your "name known".
    Would rather hire off the street than promote within.
    Cisco is no longer a fun company to work for and is now just a large company to work for.
    They have truly adopted the do more with less, including money and people.
    If your not at one of the major campuses, you are forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the constant management shuffling and restructuring.
    Stop bringing people in off the street at higher positions. Place more value in your long term employees who have helped build this company up. The people who know the inner workings of the company and not the people who can talk up a good interview, only to find out that's the only thing they were good at.
    Bring back the exciting team work place and team building events and off sites.
    Get rid of middle management who cannot commit or drive commitments, but instead crumble when their director gives any push back.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager - Data Center

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Cisco is a great place to work!

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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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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

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