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Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    As a 2013 College Hire, it's a place where all new ideas and innovation go to die.

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

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

    Pros

    You can literally do nothing and keep your 60K job

    Cons

    Apparently there used to be good perks about Cisco - they are literally all gone now, the benefits is cheap and pretty good that's about all you'll get. The work-life balance is pretty good because you'll be bored as hell and with that comes no promotions ever. Cisco does not give annual raises for inflation - it's pathetic. Bonuses are pretty poor as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice it's already turned into an old people place with a large company bank account that pretends to do innovative things in their commercials. IoE will will be completely missed by Cisco, they think it's their only goal for the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Losing its culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cisco Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Cisco is one of the best employer to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Getting worse and worse. Cisco is trying to transform, but forgetting the employees in the process.

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

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome, passionate, and eager to solve problems when they're not burnt out. Cisco has a strong culture and value system.

    Cons

    Personal growth, the benefits are declining year over year in major ways. It's obvious the group in charge of US Benefits is pushing employees to high deductible healthcare plans, with lesser benefits than in the past.
    Many people are burned out after 4 years straight of "limited restructurings", aka Layoffs. It is a bit like the Hunger Games here. While those who are LR'd have fantastic packages, those who are left are forced to shoulder the additional workload, without increased pay or benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinvest in the actual employees who are left after an LR. There is a reason why people are leaving, and why Cisco cannot attract top talent- the company doesn't pay enough anymore, and the benefits are decreasing. If you want the company to transform in 12-18 months, and become a high growth company again, you need make Cisco a great place to be like it was 20 years ago- and that means making people happy to spend their time here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Network Consulting Engineer Advanced Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    - Decent salary and yearly bonus
    - Ability to take advanced training in the latest technologies
    - Take a job, learn the latest technology, jump companies

    Cons

    - No time to take advanced training
    - Zero moral after multiple years of hunger game style layoffs
    - Use to be a positive and energizing environment, no longer the case
    - Endless stream of emails from executives congratulating themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next round of limited restructuring needs to be in executive management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Silos and resistance to change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11.  

    Hard work, very long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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