Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 597 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 338 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 176 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 159 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    In Transition

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

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

    Pros

    Culture of decency, intelligence - a place where most of the employee base is collaborative, well-wishing, open and focused on mutual success.

    Cons

    Transformation today pressures most departments to execute while still figuring out what they should execute, and even as transparency in diminishing relative to past times. Coordinated strategy-building is difficult with this amount of change, and without more open communication about in-the-moment navigation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more like Millennials - open the curtains, talk out loud, be super-transparent and a lot braver. Open yourselves to criticism, and move forward with confidence and moxy. This is not a time to say "we need to become more current and vital", while narrowing communication and holding the cards so close to management's chest.

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Cisco Systems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Peers who treat you as one among them.
    Everybody loves to teach an intern about current technology.
    Lots of time to learn and pick up pace.
    Lots of intern benefits

    Cons

    Moving up the ladder might be a slow process in a huge company like Cisco. The location was a bit too remote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company. Would love to return for full time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Strategy & Planning  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Strategy & Planning in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Cisco has been filled with invigorating career challenges and great people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Cisco is that you can really grow your career, challenge yourself, and learn new things.

    Cons

    They do not hire many full time employees. The workforce is made up of mostly contractors. The have/have-not dynamic can be difficult on one's sense of self worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, Supports employees

    Current Employee - IT Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Leadership - strong and supportive
    Promotions - good
    Benefits - very good
    Flexibility to work from home as needed (comes with the caveat that there is some disrespect to those who do that often)

    Cons

    External recruits are not accepted very well (by experienced team members, non-managers) . There is a lot of resistance and it's hard to fit in. Most of the employees are previously contractors in the same group converted to full time.
    Bureaucracy - lots of teams and processes - little work gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help come up with policies and processes to avoid bureaucracy at lower levels. Adopt new, agile models in ALL groups. Outside perspectives and ideas should be given some consideration.

  8.  

    Great for most engineers, not for world changers

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

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

    Pros

    It's a large company, so there's not a lot of opportunity to change the world in engineering, but there is plenty for changing your career through parallel roles, management positions, and training. Of course the work is completely flexible with little travel, so the day-to-day can be very predictable. They really make it "comfortable" for every employee, if you want two monitors, a separate chair, late working hours, and a predictable annual review, then it's a not going to be problem. That's great if you're looking for just this.

    Cons

    Cisco gets all it's innovations through acquisitions (or so upper management believes), so there's not a lot of risk taken within the company to do so. Therefore, any mature technologies are in sustaining cost-cutting mode. That means lab budgets are reduced, annual lay offs are common, and the cube space is downsized towards open environments. If you just work to get your work done, this is okay, but if you want your work to be fun and exciting, this is a serious downer. That's why there are fewer young people applying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear Upper Management,

    Grow a backbone! Take some risk and change the world. Your peers will thank you, your engineering teams will love the opportunity, and your group will grow. Stop saying "yes" to your VP boss and think for yourself. Your unyielding commitment to keep your own high paying job has made your decisions slow and conservative, and you've pushed the intelligence to a higher and even less qualified power.

    Thanks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team!

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

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

    Pros

    Great team, lots of talented people. Never had a better experience with such knowledgeable and approachable co-workers. Big company with lots of resources. Great benefits and time-off. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management makes arbitrary changes in organization and goals that rarely improve the business and often frustrate or efforts. Very little internal R & D. Prefer to acquire or spin-out then spin-in new ideas. Office facilities are out of date, grungy carpets and cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the employees you have. Plan for long term growth not just from one quarter to the next.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture and fantastic internship.

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

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

    Pros

    Was able to contribute to many different projects and gain plenty of valuable experience.
    Culture is awesome and was able to speak with executives on multiple occasions.
    Pay is competitive with other companies in the area.

    Cons

    A little too much hand holding as an intern especially at the beginning of the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorter orientation and quicker on boarding process, otherwise keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software II Engineer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great orientation, very good mentor programs help you grow up fast. Very nice managers.

    Cons

    Expensive rents nearby the cisco campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope to give some on campus rooms in the future. lol, but now necessary.

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