Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. 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 a 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 a 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
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  5. 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
  6. Cisco Review

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than a 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. 7 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Best Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Sales Strategy & Planning in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Sales Strategy & Planning in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a culture that fosters innovation and encourages growth in young employees. Mentors are around every corner, all you have to do is ask. The pay is incredible, especially since you can go to school full-time and pick up projects as they fit your schedule

    Cons

    The company is very fickle and sometimes too big for their own good. A lot of time and money is spent developing young talent but promotions and new hiring are put on hold because of changes in upper level management, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to provide actual opportunity for advancement. If you don not reward top performers, they will leave and there's a lot of hungry companies eager to snatch up employees you invested so much time and money in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A great company that pushes its people hard

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Good benefits. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Can be treacherous if caught up in a layoff. Management can be difficult. Delivery cycle doesn't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't continue deliver to dates at the cost of quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 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

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