Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great place to work

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    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked as an inside sales account manager.

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good culture and atmosphere. Good managers that promote hard work but also recognize there is a time for fun.

    Cons

    Many different products to gain understanding of. Balancing the inside management team versus the field management team can be delicate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looks good on resume if you can take the job long enough to keep it on a resume

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people, contributors or non management are usually pretty helpful and great people to work with. You will need this to grow, not get a raise or higher position in the company, but just to grow as an individual. Employees teach each other, all do it yourself style. Not much as far as a how to internally. Work from home, that is a huge plus, but also grants yourself to working longer hours.

    Cons

    Basically no pay raises. Very hard to get yourself put out there as a great contributor. Usually receive a new manager 1 to 2 months before the yearly review which could give you a raise. Easiest way to say, sorry I dont know how good/bad you are, so no raise this year, again. Tired of always working late and hard work being input and nothing getting out. Looking for a new position in another company. Beware if you request a raise too much with the recent yearly employee head chopping, your head will be on the block pretty quickly. Not enough internal communication is given to employees. Too much money spent on buying new companies when Senior Management turn around, fire 4,000 people and say its to keep our stock holders happy. Funny thing is all full time employees are basically stock holders, so who is really supposed to be the happy ones? Yearly survey is sent out, nothing really done with the bad parts, all meetings skip those questions. Too many meetings about things that have nothing to do with your actual work. Example: IT meeting, all hands. All IT must attend. Basically 2 hours talking about how sales is doing and how the cisco.com home page was created. If you work in the NW team, and never deal with that, it was a wasted 2 hours basically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards a goal that internal employees can actually see. Stop pushing all these re-orgs after Cisco buys various companies that get sold 2 years later. Acquasitions are usually supposed to help a company not just bring in more employees that can be easily laid off later. Instead of buying a company to get rid of the competition, create something that will help push Cisco higher. The switch/router industry is seeing a major change and I doubt the present Cisco model is ready for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredible learning opportunity for a co-op

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You work with some of the smartest people in networking, many CCIEs, everyone is usually willing to help you. The company treats co-ops pretty well. They pay for co-ops to get their CCNA.

    Cons

    Management for the co-ops could greatly improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Vendor Point of View

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    Current Employee - Project Consultant  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable individuals; allow telecommuting; global opportunities

    Cons

    Minimal follow-up and correction when processes are put in place; disjointed when operationalizing services or solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to mentor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good environment for development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Freedom to innovate and add value, agile development, growth opportunities, great fellowship, smart people, open, informal environment, highest ethics, good at recognizing contribution, business oriented

    Cons

    gigantic complex operation, due to its global and remote working nature has a lot of demand for video meetings and calls at non standard hours, too much pressure for short term results can result in unnecessary stress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short. I was only employed there for two months before management decided to go their separate ways.

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are able to hit the ground running on your first day and able to get through training quickly than this is the career for you.

    Cons

    The team that I was in wasn't sociable and none of the interns on the team said that they had a fun time working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would probably help the new hire to not be thrown to the wolves in the middle of a project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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