Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Program Manager, IT

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    Current Employee - Global Program Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Global Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technology solutions leadership. Excellent benefits. Customer success.

    Cons

    Maturing large enterprise, scale and adaptability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Business Operations

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    Current Employee - Business Operations  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Business Operations in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Empowerment, great compensation and great talent.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn.

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    Current Employee - Lab Staff  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Lab Staff in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and make sure they are being compensated equally and fairly for the work they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No raises ever

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    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    They know the Networking Business but not Software

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Reorgs 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful/Outsourcing is new Company Culture

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    bright talent anguishing at the bottom of company hierarchy

    Cons

    diminishing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm a cog

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Interesting and relevant work. Very talented coworkers. Very nice on site gym.

    Cons

    Execs treat their teams like slaves. Substandard development tools. Below average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do unto others...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, high energy.

    Cons

    High stress, culture is not for everyone working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is an employee survey conducted each year, glad that they take it very seriously. More paid training to keep up with technology trends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities, high caliber people, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Cisco is going through sone transitions right now, so a tougher environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to make the difficult decisions

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    somewhat mixed experience

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    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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good team, decent compensation and benefits, work life balance, internal opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    Executives and CEO in particular tend to make excessive amount of strategic mistakes. With time the company started to be running more and more by financial people. "Old cisco culture" keep diluting. Excessive amount of management layers with a middle management simply watching dashboards and doing nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    flatten management structure, observe obvious market trends for god sake, trust engineering talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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