Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Changing Cisco...

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

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

    Pros

    Professional group of people who uplift each other. The people are what makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    Changing business strategy disregards worker sentiment. Many express sadness on the changes being made by management, because it shows little regard for those remaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way you treat your workforce. Although change is necessary in the modern business environment, more consideration should be made for those left behind. This may be part of the plan, who knows, but many good people will/are leaving resulting in a less than professional work force. This will impact your business. You forgot this

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Cisco longtime

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    good benefits. 4 weeks of vacation a year

    Cons

    salary seems low, hard to take vacation
    Engineering promotions are hard to come by. Manager promotions on the other hand seem to flow like water

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Management showing more commitment to employees

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible workplace, management showing a renewed commitment to employees

    Cons

    Top heavy, hierarchical organization. Inordinate amount of time is spent managing up instead of doing your work. Nonstop process and org changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fulfill your new commitment to employees; give new orgs and processes at least a year before making wholesale changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Really great place to work!!!

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

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, plenty to learn, opportunities to move around

    Cons

    difficult to navigate big corporate structure when new

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do more to promote innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. SP Video Global Business Development Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SP Video Global Business Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - SP Video Global Business Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to engage in international business and where many hats to meet the customers' business objectives.

    Cons

    Inconsistent executive leadership vision and strategy, which lead to execution challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the product, solution, and services offering that Cisco does best, and execute efficiently to maintain integrity and traction with customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work!!!

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible as far as work/life balance. Great work environment. No micro managing.

    Cons

    Certain depts. done offer a lot of permanent positions. Pay isn't great in SOME groups not all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer people more permanent positions and don't treat some teams like it's a call center. We are engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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