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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
4,951 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    Business Development

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Cisco really focuses on execution, and a can do attitude

    Cons

    The workload is very heavy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 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

    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.  

    Great Company To Work At, But...

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

    Pros

    Treats employees well.
    Excellent compensations and benefits.
    Company makes tons of cash.
    Great location in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Horrible stock performance over the last decade.
    Gives away money to employees too freely.
    Over-pays insane amounts for mergers and acquisitions.
    Has no idea how to increase the value of the business, even with all that cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about increasing the value of the company, so the stock options are actually worth something?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enagagement Manager
    Current Employee - Enagagement Manager

    Pros

    Culture! A positive work environment.

    Cons

    Limited promotion and career growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career strategies for non-technical resources.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Enough

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility in work environment and style

    Cons

    politics, disjointed leadership and communications at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software Test Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Stability, Big Company, Reputation, Great incentives to pass certification exams.

    Cons

    As in any big company, office Politics are a BIG part of Cisco.
    Mediocre single line managers focusing only on their own benefits have FUBAR the company.
     Mediocre Salaries. Cisco by self admission targets to be in the 65% precentile in salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more attrition needed, need young engineers, pay top performing engineers better salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    Corporate experience with good benefits and competitive salaries. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Perks are not the same as other silicon valley companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Bigger is better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Westford, MA

    Pros

    They are a big company.

    Cons

    They can provide diverse opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great!

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth in different areas. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Compensation compared to other tech companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Cisco

    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Great place to work and you're surrounded by people with good heart and dedication.

    Cons

    Leadership is seriously lacking. Too many people with no understanding of technology and it's role in the new economy. Rather odd considering they ARE the core technology in so many enterprise solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the structure, remove silos and really tackle festering issues that's been around for 10+ years.

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