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Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.5 140 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(108 ratings)

74% of employees 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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    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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    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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    Global Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsTechnology solutions leadership. Excellent benefits. Customer success.

    ConsMaturing large enterprise, scale and adaptability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's always about the people, about relationships over issues (ROI). Lead from the top, manage from the middle. Customer is king.

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

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    Business Operations

    Business Operations (Current Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsEmpowerment, great compensation and great talent.

    ConsMany reorganizations and positions going off-shore and working long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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

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    Great Potential, Cumbersome Organization

    Sales and Marketing Support Manager (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsCisco is a fantastic company in terms of benefits - I've never worked for a company that offered more. Salaries and bonuses are good, but there's much more - all kinds of insurance and health-related programs that help both the employee and the community. Always something interesting going on. Always a chance to get involved and do new things, both inside and outside of work.

    ConsIt is painfully hard to get things done. Every department and every project and every process seems to be in flux all the time. Too many hands in every pot. Processes are too cumbersome. Too many meetings, too much confusion. It's a big, big company, with all the usual big-company problems.

    Note: this perspective is from a person who joined on as a result of her smaller, privately-held company getting acquired by Cisco.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify. Think "efficiency." Make a smart plan and stick to it for a few days.

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

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    Great place to learn.

    Lab Staff (Current Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsGreat place to learn and build your resume. I have learned a lot over the years I have been working here.

    ConsCompensation is the worst and it's Impossible to get a decent raise. I almost feel like I'm going to have to ask for a raise every quarter for the next 3 years to make what I should be making. They will hire people with zero experience and pay them more than you just because they had budget that quarter, but giving you a raise? That's unheard of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees and make sure they are being compensated equally and fairly for the work they do.

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

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    No raises ever

    Network Consulting Engineer (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    Pros-- Ability to get hands on with the latest high end networking equipment
    -- Relaxed environment

    Cons-- You have to get promoted to get a raise ( at least in the org I was in )
    -- I was there 6 years, got great performance reviews and never got a raise

    Advice to Senior ManagementInclusion and diversity are great things but don't take things too far and cater MORE to foreign cultures than the local ones.

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

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    They know the Networking Business but not Software

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsComfortable work environment. Flexible hours and many people work from home

    ConsReorgs are constant. Bureaucracy strangles advancements. Leadership spends a lot of time protecting themselves and building their areas instead of really doing what's best for the business. I was seriously surprised to see a company like Cisco being run this way and more amazed that they've been successful in spite of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the employees and the effects your decisions have on them. Lead the company to excellence instead of spending so much of the focus on your own interests and investments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful/Outsourcing is new Company Culture

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Research Triangle Park, NC

    Prosbright talent anguishing at the bottom of company hierarchy

    Consdiminishing technical Job with frequent lay-off due to outsourcing, new tac has become sweat shop culture, CEO get huge raise of 80% for cutting Jobs. Management had mind set of Cisco being hardware co. failure to do timely acquisition in software, virtualization & NextGen technologies has put the co. dominance par behind its competitor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't axe of your employee who make constructive criticism. I was one of the victim and critic of CEO handing the current co. direction, and I ask for CEO to meet folks on the bottom of the totem pole in my review next is now history.. hahaha..

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

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