Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 619 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 348 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 181 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 164 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company but too many layoffs

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company with solid benefits and great ability to work at home or at the office. They strive for flexibility and provide the tools to make it happen.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot of realignment and change and is choosing to accomplish this through consistent layoffs each August after the fiscal year closes. Instead of retraining they fire and bring in new younger blood. The lament that not enough people leave the company each year as their attrition rate is 3% and John Chambers would like to see it at 10%. They lose a lot of good people with this approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain and don't just do yearly layoffs. You are making Cisco not a place people want to come too and that is not your end goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Losing its culture

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Flexible working arrangements.
    Variety of jobs and opportunities to move.
    inclusion and diversity is large part of culture.

    Cons

    Promotions available with job changes, but not often encountered by staying with a job.
    Slow to make changes. Tend to stick with how they have always done things.
    More employees focus on narrow view of their responsibilities. "Not my job" is getting to be prevalent attitude.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An ok place to work overall

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, great people to work with, opportunity to work on a huge scale, awesome networking and data center exposure, scope to take extra career development courses, lots of internal informational VODs

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and politics, not a fun place to work for fresh grads, top heavy, average perks, unreasonable/skewed performance evaluations, routine lay offs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cisco Review

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    I do not have any cons about this job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cisco is one of the best employer to work for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People - Cisco employees one of the brightest in the world, so get to work with the smartest
    Culture - Cisco is one the best place in the world to work for if you are looking for work/life balance.
    Salary - Its competitive with good benefits including bonus
    Technology - Cisco has diversified into various technology play, so you are always work on cutting edge stuff

    Cons

    Too much fat in the upper mgmt. Company has been recently trying to cut the fat and become more lean and thin
    Making decisions takes a long time and this slows down overall projects/programs
    Too many layers causes growth to slow down i

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move faster and award folks who can really making the difference

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cisco Review

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and on-site amenities

    Cons

    Bad Co-location of resources, too many Contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more FTEs and fewer contractors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great company that pushes its people hard

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation. Good benefits. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Can be treacherous if caught up in a layoff. Management can be difficult. Delivery cycle doesn't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't continue deliver to dates at the cost of quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Silos and resistance to change

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, ample training opportunities, great place for self-starters and remote workers.

    Cons

    As part of a services practice, it was nearly impossible to get information from business units to properly do my job. My manager was ineffectual and unhelpful (affirmed by management poll of my group). Review structure discourages employee cooperation and teamwork.
    Our division was undermined by a failed acquisition that poisoned our market standing and ruined relationships with key customers. Cisco throws money at buying new solutions, but fails to do due diligence beforehand and lacks the followthru to integrate the new businesses.
    Once you're hired, forget about lateral moves. Cisco hiring managers are biased to external candidates and ignore qualified and proven internal candidates. And forget about raises in your current classification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limiting performance recognition to fixed quintiles means that employees are demotivated when they get bad reviews simply so the manager's chums get raises and key assignments. People then tend to play CYA games and limit collaboration so they don't jeopardize their own reviews. Also, laying off thousands and then complaining about the lack of qualified candidates (H1-B politics) is disingenuous and wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Hard work, very long hours

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

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

    Pros

    Access to an unlimited and vast amount of information. Potential for career growth is very positive, due to existing and future technologies constantly being introduced to. You can make your own hours, however see the first comment.

    Cons

    Long hours, must learn very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include one day a week of simply training, or reviewing the latest technologies. Should be a requirement at the Architect level. Although most professionals operating in this capacity , will instinctively seek additional knowledge during their personal time. A day for learning is a nice to have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Internship Experience

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Definitely a culture that fosters innovation and encourages growth in young employees. Mentors are around every corner, all you have to do is ask. The pay is incredible, especially since you can go to school full-time and pick up projects as they fit your schedule

    Cons

    The company is very fickle and sometimes too big for their own good. A lot of time and money is spent developing young talent but promotions and new hiring are put on hold because of changes in upper level management, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to provide actual opportunity for advancement. If you don not reward top performers, they will leave and there's a lot of hungry companies eager to snatch up employees you invested so much time and money in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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