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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
5,306 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 639 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 356 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 183 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 167 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Contractor but feel almost like an employee

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a great deal of flexibility in the department I work in.No Micro Managers around you to hinder your progress. You learn a great deal in networking ,industry technologies and Cisco products ofcourse. I love the culture of putting family first in their attitude and I work under a manager who walks his talk.

    Cons

    They cut back every year even in profitable teams/departments. They expect one to learn a lot of technologies to do their job in a little less time than one can handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cuts and hire the contractors. Settle your employees so they don't feel intimidated every year by the job cuts. To bring back the Cisco Mojo start by supporting the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Company to Work For

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of work life. Autonomy and flexibility. Empowerment and egalitarianism. Liberal telecommuting policy. Compensation.

    Cons

    Somewhat bloated managerial structure. IMHO, many in upper levels of management perceive a need to inject complexity in order to maintain job security.

    Siloed and disconnected policy making. Central functions are continually at odds with individual business unit practices. Cisco is a great-great company that treats its employees with respect and appreciation, but leadership has difficulty executing to a clear vision, which can be frustrating and potentially demotivating. There are some very good executives and some not-so-goods (again, IMHO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as Cisco is able to maintain the bottom line for shareholders, there most likely won't be any motivation to acknowledge and address the above criticisms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment with a lot of freedom to contribute

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

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

    Pros

    They do a very good job of pairing you up with mentors, and I went from knowing nothing about big data to knowing a whole lot after just one summer thanks to some great mentorship.

    The expectations are extremely lax in terms of the hours you put in, and people in my department would often come in at 10 and leave at 3.

    Cisco does a lot of team building lunches and the ilk. Paid work day at Great America theme park and other fun perks

    Cons

    Like a lot of other big companies, it's nearly impossible to see how your work contributes to a final product. That, paired with the nature of Cisco's business prevented me from getting excited enough to return

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place for work life balance and career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Independent work style. Lots of ways to make meaningful contribution. Pretty much no hierarchy at all, can reach out to anyone provided they are available when you want to meet.

    Cons

    Constant changes all the time - but its the new norm in high tech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Stabilizing and attract more young talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive, great talent, good compensation, time off polices

    Cons

    too many BUs... but the company is working on consolidating them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the BU structures to make BUs focus on outside competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    People are nice to each other

    Cons

    location is kinda in the middle of no where

  8.  

    Great Community and great people

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco has an abundance of opportunity for an employee to gain diverse experience. It has great training program to help your grow.

    Cons

    As a big company, Cisco has its fair share of politics but it does put forth a good mechanism to ensure employee has the opportunity to share his/her opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured career growth plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great IT company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    Top of the market pay and amazing benefits all around. Great work-life balance and lot of opportunity to telecommute.
    Very laid back culture and all managers provide great feedback and tremendous support.

    Cons

    Very basic training program. Expected to get working and produce high results very soon. Other than that, Cisco is great company and I cannot think of any other cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and maybe allow more opportunities in CORE CISCO instead of its acquired companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company

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

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

    Pros

    People there are very nice and talented. They are all very inspiring during work.
    A lot of opportunities to learn new things here, you just need to try to take every chance to learn.

    Cons

    I just cannot think of any. The intern experience here is beyond my imagine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People and Opportunities. Hate The Politics and the Layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people I work with are great. Very smart and good team players. Compensation and benefits are top notch. I've been given great opportunities in the 8 years I've been there.

    Cons

    Wayyyyyyyy too much politics, turf wars at higher management levels (and sometimes at the lower levels) and it's absurd to me that good employees get laid off every year when the company has billions (literally) of cash in the bank. There's also pressure to make your work the number 1 priority in life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the internal turf wars. Stop with the layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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