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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    CSE

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    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
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    • 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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, geting very difficult to be promoted

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    I love Cisco but you are overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and they don't want anything but "yes" people.

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work remotely, good benefits, accommodating to family issues.

    Cons

    Too political, promotion by cronyism. It is not what you know that allows you to get ahead, it is who you know. The rating and ranking system does not work, a good employee can get rated with Needs Improvement just because a metric needs to be met. You are not rated on your actual value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the good people you just let go, and look beyond favoritism to when making decisions to lay people off. Change the rating and ranking program, a good employee should not be marked as Needs Improvement because one manager in the meeting has a more over powering presence than another one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company - Bad Business Decision.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AS Project Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - AS Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Great People. Great Salary.

    Cons

    Some challenging customers and clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Global restructuring when we've had record profits and performance means I and countless other contractors (not mentioned in the cutback announcement) am SOL and job hunting again, despite great work. John Chambers can spin it all he wants....this is corporate greed at it's finest. Outsourcing jobs to India when the Americas made the record profits so stakeholders get good payouts and he gets a big retirement umbrella. Contractors MAKE the company money - so my personal professional opinion is that Cisco (John Chambers) is HURTING the company and countless contractors with this decision.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge company, horrible communication and organization, lack of benefits for contractors, operates on mostly contractors.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Linux Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Linux Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Seems to be a team oriented organization. Lots of collaboration encouraged, overtime seems to be expected and encouraged, facilities are generally accommodating.

    Cons

    Huge company. Mostly contractors, probably more contractors than permanent employees. Department heads, directors, and managers seem to have too much power, and if they get offended by your trying to help the team they'll fire you. Communication is horrible. Organization of departments and information are worse. IWE (Webex Social) was implemented as the internal social wiki, and it is not conducive to information organization or communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees! Get rid of WebEx Social! If your employees or contractors are telling you something that you take offense to or are averse to, maybe there is a reason for it. Instead of just getting someone fired, hold a webex and listen to them! Explain why they offended you and ask if that was what they meant. If you don't fix this it'll destroy the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gone from great to mediocre

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    large company, good benefits, generally good people

    Cons

    layoffs are now routine, culture changing for the worse

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management leads to directionless employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom. Good Compensation and Benefits.

    Cons

    Poor workers stay around and cause more work for the good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advantage of hard working employees and fire the poor performers so that you can hire better workers and load share better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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