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Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
186 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Consistant Lays-offs

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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

    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
  3.  

    Yes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Sr Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Those interested in TAC - Great exposure, lacking stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - TAC Support - Server Virtualization in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Contractor - TAC Support - Server Virtualization in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many of Cisco's industry-leading Data Center products.

    Exposure to a fast past work environment.

    Exposure to a high-stress work environment (if you can do this you can do it all).

    Cons

    Cisco rarely converts or hires employees. TAC is a disposable commodity (high supply / low demand).

    In TAC it is typically selective of those who are either college graduates with no work experience or extremely educated MBA graduates. (Making them affordable, in the sub 60k category)

    It is difficult to be away from the job if you need personal time, however Work from Home is encouraged.

    Salary expectations are average to below-average (for those with Masters and above)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider growth potential of the talent. Don't let enthusiastic graduates burn out fresh out of college.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Too big to grow

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well categorized. If you want be to a expert one area, it is a good choice. Good benefits, enough resources for training and huge database based on long history. Also flexible work environments.

    Cons

    Chopped people almost every year and rehire same number of people then restructuring. Very tired to survive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment, decent benefits and pay

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Working with colleagues who are smart
    Great pay
    Great benefits
    Recognition for performance

    Cons

    Work life balance is a hit and miss

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of pros, lots of cons

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are very high vs comparables. You can learn a LOT if you're willing to work AND can find part of the org that is growing. There are still pockets of very cool technology. Generally very open to remote workers. Many jobs have very flexible time schedules. There are some really really good managers here.

    Cons

    They're struggling with a strategy. It's hard to get innovative projects committed in the mature parts of the business. The last couple of years have seen regular layoffs that have badly hurt morale. There are some really really bad managers here!

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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