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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
5,819 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Happy Camper!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good compensation (both salary and benefits), exposure to new technologies (everything continuously changes) opportunity to move to different roles (given the breadth of products and number of organizations, there are continuous opportunities for change). Depending on your manager - and out of 7 managers, I've only had 1 bad manager - you are given a goal and allowed to achieve that goal.

    Cons

    It has become a big company with a lot of overhead and process. Some process is good, but as it grows and evolves the process gets in the way of getting the job done. At corporate there is too much politics. When I started at Cisco, there was a feeling we were a conglomerate of start-ups. That feeling is gone. I've only had one manager who severely over committed the available resources making my life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the past during periods of economic "challenge" we were able to expand into new markets and grab market share in our core technologies. Keep that up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Work environment is friendly.
    Great package
    Plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Usual politics can happen at times.

  3.  

    They needed a new CFO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working at Cisco. There are many great opportunities to learn and grow your skill sets. Access to training and educational tools is the best I have ever encountered in my career and I have worked for several very large companies. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Salary increases can be very challenging. Better to negotiate a good salary up front instead of thinking you will get increases and promotions based on your own merit. They are trying to consolidate finance positions in key cities throughout the world. If you do not happen to live in one of these locations, you might be able to keep your position if you are willing to relocate yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Congratulations on replacing Frank Calderoni.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent, highly demanding company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge of technology, Management adapts to changing market, professional colleagues, competitive salaries,

    Cons

    Difficult to rise in the ranks, very demanding,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing people, experience and career path

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

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

    Pros

    Movement across the company, great people/relationships over time, culture

    Cons

    Cisco is very large. You have to know how to navigate and have impact within such a large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the change efforts, be bold, invest in people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome Internship!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great Work. Great Work-life balance..

    Cons

    Compensation needs to improve. Not as competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intern Compensation should match current market Standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Acquired and then sent on my way

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cafeteria, great smelling bathrooms (no, really the air freshner they use is amazing), ability to telecmomute. Stock price is currently on the rise.

    Cons

    HUGE company, no one recognizes you a day later even if you were just in a meeting together, upper mgmt kinda sucks because of constant reorg. Outsourcing a lot of jobs to India... not cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to ACTUALLY know your employees that come from new acquisitions. I didn't wish to continue my employment with Cisco because the managers that were over our group were horrible snobs and only there to build their little empires and move themselves upward leaving behind a trail of charred bodies, figuratively speaking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A huge company with many opportunities. The main reason to stay would be work-life balance & benefits, not career growth

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always work to be done
    Great ability for work-life balance if you don't mind being on calls all the time

    Cons

    - Tough to deliver meaningful successes in a short timespan
    - Career growth predicated on proving yourself through deliverables...since it takes forever to deliver, expect real growth to take a long time
    - Building consensus through meetings ise more important than actually getting work done

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good compensation, wok life balance, great people.

    Cons

    Slow in execution. Too many processes and managers trying to create empires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more technical people in middle management than people who are focused on communication only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Still a good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, smart people, good management

    Cons

    It's hard to get promoted to management in our group. Our department often hires from outside our group (but still internal). This is discouraging from our own team's perspective who work hard and achieve results to get to the next level. I presume this approach occurs to bring in a fresh set of eyes as well as a means to leverage the relationships from the outside hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more candid about promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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