Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Yes.

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  2. Sr Software Engineer

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    • 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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities. Lot to learn

    Cons

    Too much politics, negative energy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Trust your people, and keep letting them work anytime anywhere - when appropriate.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    Pros

    Approachable and nice people. Excellent Benefits and overall good experience

    Cons

    Only hiring in NC, and lack of cohesive culture

    Advice to Management

    Work on talent retention

  6. Helpful (1)

    Those interested in TAC - Great exposure, lacking stability

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Too big to grow

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    • 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)

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

    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.

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work life balance is a hit and miss

  9. Helpful (1)

    Lots of pros, lots of cons

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    • 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)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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!

  10. Helpful (2)

    Changing Cisco...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Take care of your engineers.

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