Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid Processes and Systems in Place to get the job done and to grow your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Morrisville, NC

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

    Pros

    Small teams & Specialization, Mature Business Processes and Good Products
    Work Life flexibility
    Free Coffee
    Enough Time to catch up on cases. Tier 1 Calls are outsourced. Tier 2 Calls live transferred. Calls Rotate to other regions after 2pm.
    Good Systems for Knoweldgebase and customer support

    Cons

    Cubicle Work Environment / support teams clustered together and lots of noise at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Ever optimistic, but still not around the corner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in how, when, and where you work is phenomenal for a company of this size. It's a two-edged sword, but having the option to take a WebEx from home, Starbucks, airports, the beach, or in the office ... permits a level of versatility -- and fully acceptable by colleagues and management -- that would be hard to repeat elsewhere. It's part of the culture. The flipside is that work more easily creeps into your personal space and follows you on vacation if you're not careful. Another consequence is that Cisco offices can feel like ghost towns.

    Cisco has an immensely successful and rich portfolio and is well-positioned for the future. But ... for the past few years, it has felt like Cisco is constantly trying to turn a corner ... and never quite making it.

    Cons

    The biggest con nowadays is that Cisco is trying vigorously to grow income faster than revenue. This translates to what seems like a never ending round of budget cuts and divestment. Workforce reductions are becoming more common than pay raises and the value proposition to working here is becoming harder to defend.

    Cisco has a severely bloated middle level of professionals. Upward mobility is limited and the path can be vague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The promise of a better future is beginning to sound hollow. A major shake-up C-Suite leadership is in order. You've gotten us this far, but we need a little less loyalty among the senior ranks and a little more fresh thinking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cisco - Innovation and Decision Making is key to longevity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Have Internet Access? Work anywhere.
    Cisco has a great set of core values
    The working environment is positive. Cisco employees are professional and results oriented.
    There is a healthy amount of rewards and recognition
    Cisco takes corporate social responsibility seriously. I enjoy having time to volunteer and giving back to the community representing Cisco

    Cons

    Annual Layoffs - Cisco is bleeding top talent and top talent would think twice about joining this company. Needs to get smarter around hiring practices as to limit the annual layoff trend.
    Change Fatigue - It is really unclear if the Cisco Strategies work because Cisco is in a constant rate of change.
    Executive Leadership is very shy about making decisions or there is too much collaboration and not enough directive decision making.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome work tools and world class culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    HD Video collaboration tools at your finger tips, rich online libraries to help you get your work done. Everyone is excellent and has good energy.

    Cons

    Career path mobility is near impossible since the best of the best are hired here. As such, the salaries are not nearly as competitive as some of their smaller competitors (that will always be trying to lure you.) I worked at Cisco for almost 15 years and never made it past first line management where most other companies would have seen me at Sr. leadership roles by then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your loyal employees who have stayed with Cisco for more than 5 years with the opportunity for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced environment with many talented people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work-life balance can be good if you have the right manager

    Cons

    24/7 is important since it's a global business there's never a dull moment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees that produce well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, flexibility, vacation time, growth potential.

    Cons

    Current job requires almost 100% travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No ego, little politics, great work-life balance - at the cost of low-energy environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I like how my colleagues are down-to-earth, in a real way. I interviewed with hot industry names and was really put-off by the arrogance of the people I've met. The work-life balance is also very good. The compensation is competitive with most of the top names in the market. Also, management is experienced and good to learn from.

    Cons

    It's an older culture. People are not very driven. The company isn't really innovating. The benefits are good, not amazing - the ESPP program, for example, is pretty good for a corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should create special tracks for younger employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I have been at Cisco for several years and they have treated me very well. No complaints here.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    The people I have worked with are top notch. Great leadership, excellent managers, excellent pay scale, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs/restructuring. The company is strong. Workforce reductions are an attempt to target key growth areas in a terrible economy and rapidly transitioning environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    TEchnical leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Leader  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Leader in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technologies to work on
    Good family life with few months of hard work during board bring up

    Cons

    None for now
    People management can be improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package, focus on employee participation in volunteer work, including matching donations to certain charities and foundations

    Cons

    Overall the main issue I saw with Cisco was the size of the company itself. Because it is so large, many projects may get cancelled or sold off to another company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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