Cisco Systems Reviews in Research Triangle Park, NC

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 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.  

    Good environment to do your work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    - Resources are available as needed
    - Collaboration among peers is good

    Cons

    - Limited growth opportunities
    - Tendency to hire and fire at random

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Focus on growth and human capital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for a job but not a career.

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits but they have decreased in recent years.

    Cons

    No career progression or help from lower management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve opportunities for career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cisco RTP is a GREAT place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working remotely.........Cisco provides CVO routers and equipment for your home office. With WebEx and your camera you feel connected at all times

    Cons

    ........you feel connected at all times............my job was global so the hours can be long

    'collaboration' is excessive. A leader needs to step up an make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions faster!
    Don't give your CEO an 80% raise the day before a major employee layoff and say it was because of his past year accomplishments............who were the workers for those accomplishments????

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    HTTS

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great people, Collaboration,

    Cons

    Salary, can not think any others

  6.  

    Great experience overall

    Former Employee - NCE and Technical Leader  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - NCE and Technical Leader in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Cisco is very successful and shares that success with their employees.

    Cons

    Collaboration is a little harder. People are willing to help, but people tend to work solo. There is an ethic of "research it yourself" that can be counter productive in some cases.

  7.  

    CSE

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Hand on experince for CCIE study

    Cons

    Hard promotions, seem to not get promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with more promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovation, High quality employees, best of breed products

    Cons

    Cisco is a large company and can be impersonal. Contractors have few chances to become a Cisco badged employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce your dependency on contractors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A greA

    Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Easy access to all technical documentations

    Cons

    Exec team needs to have a better vision for the future

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, geting very difficult to be promoted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Smart individual contributors, great use of technology that makes jobs easier and work at home easier, people almost always willing to work with you and help you

    Cons

    Getting very difficult to be promoted. Management often better individual contributors than managers. Numerous layoffs last few years is getting tiresome, and having the executives make excuses for why they do it is even moreso.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People wil continue to leave if you do not make a way to promote good contributors. Require all people managers to get official anonymous 360 feedback on their performance and manage out those who are poor managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Stressful, but learned a lot.

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

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

    Pros

    There are tons of teams to work on, nice amenities and pays well.

    Cons

    Be weary that nothing is good enough for these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give credit where credit is due.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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