Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 619 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 348 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 181 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 164 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots of processes and procedures. nothing like when it was smaller & fast. more jobs shipping to india.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    If you can stand the procedure & processes this and that, it is a perfect place.

    Cons

    Waste of time spent on processes and procedures instead of innovation or actual engineering work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hopeless.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Decent, challenging, high pressure, job insecurity, tight deadlines

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work atmosphere, brand name, facilities such as gym, health care, 401k, work from home, flexible

    Cons

    Job insecurity, tight deadlines, too much policitics, very asian atmoshphere, creative ideas not really welcomed, need to work as a soldier or slave driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant re structuing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Use to be the best place to work, now horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Use to be great and pretty good layoff packages

    Cons

    Use to be great. Now nothing but layoffs and promises of more layoffs. Moral has crashed and the work environment has turned super negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company but too many layoffs

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    • 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 company with solid benefits and great ability to work at home or at the office. They strive for flexibility and provide the tools to make it happen.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot of realignment and change and is choosing to accomplish this through consistent layoffs each August after the fiscal year closes. Instead of retraining they fire and bring in new younger blood. The lament that not enough people leave the company each year as their attrition rate is 3% and John Chambers would like to see it at 10%. They lose a lot of good people with this approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain and don't just do yearly layoffs. You are making Cisco not a place people want to come too and that is not your end goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    More pluses than minuses

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

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

    Pros

    Still a solid place to work with solid compensation and benefits, great growth opportunities and a liberal work-from-anywhere approach for many jobs.

    Cons

    Limited restructurings (not big enough to be called layoffs) seem to be an annual habit. Management training not well established.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity at Cisco

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The experience to work with the best group of engineers in the world and to make equipment that send data across the world. It's an amazing opportunity.

    Cons

    There is not much to complain here. I guess the company can give more perks to spice up our days!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start a career out of College. Do not expect to last more than 10 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to find additional positions of interest within the company
    * Stable workforce so long as you are not involved in a 'fringe' technology team being phased out
    * Generous opportunity to find other positions if restructuring requires, and generous package in lieu of another position if you so choose

    Cons

    Slow to move into some newer technologies, though rapidly changing that attitude this past year
    Yearly lay-offs are draining morale. Engineering is viewed as a cost center, so engineering is being marginalized by getting less of the bonus pot of money than some other areas in the corporation. We're not sure where this will lead Cisco in the future as it has traditionally been based on technology advancement. It might end up in very dark places for an engineer based in the USA.

    The best benefits (restricted stock options, for example) are reserved for only the top 5 or 10% of employees. This is stratifying the environment, and a culture of severe envy is building. As an engineer, obtaining the top 5% can be counter intuitive. Technical excellence helps, but political connections are most important. This is anathema to a typical engineer.

    As an engineer, the advancements of salary and title are now extremely limited. The upside to this is most of the engineers achieve excellent work-life balance since there is little benefit to working too hard.

    All of the above started changing sharply in 2008. Before that, it was a very different story. Many engineers are mourning the loss of a once great Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to solicite customer and Cisco partner input as to recommended changes to sales and support model to make it easier to do business with Cisco. Listen and continue to provide end to end solutions involving industry standards. Provide more open APIs / SDKs to qualified vendors to expand opportunities for 3rd party companies to integrate seamlessly into the Cisco architecture as new technologies are rapidly rolled out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Friendly Environment to Work At

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Soft environment, convenient to take care of your family, friendly co-workers who are always ready to share, available resources for learning and working.

    Cons

    Average age of employees are a little bit high, not enough fresh blood, at least for the group I was working at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mostly good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    State-of-the-art to work on. Lots of excellent people.

    Cons

    Annual layoffs. Some groups are not good places to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee mobility to other groups. Increase training in new areas to reduce layoffs.

  11.  

    Company with good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity.
    Low salary compared to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade to industry compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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