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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
5,780 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. 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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than many large companies

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Cisco is fairly friendly to working from home (I do so at least once a week; we have quite a few full-time remote workers). While changing any large company is like turning a big ship, Cisco seems more nimble than most (I've worked at one other very large IT company, and Cisco is more nimble than that one, and generally a nicer place to work). Cisco really tries to be a great place to work. It doesn't always succeed at that, but is never worse than decent. Work/life balance is pretty good. I hear horror stories from people about the lack of that; I don't hear those at Cisco.

    Cons

    Bad coffee, infrequent raises, middle-of-the-road salary and benefits, and we've had a lot of rounds of layoffs in the last 5 years or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, obviously :-) I've been with Cisco quite a while, now, and my salary has not kept pace with inflation over that time (I checked). If I were not a good employee, I would be understanding of that, but my performance has never been rated less than Strong, and is often higher. I'd love to know what it feels like to get annual merit raises. I don't, and AFAIK I don't know anyone who does.

    OK, it's true that I (probably) won't quit if you don't; I'm at a point in my career where I would prefer to finish it out at Cisco and retire in 15 years; OTOH, if I changed employers (which wouldn't be hard; I fend off recruiters pretty regularly, and have two good friends at Google), I could retire in 10 based on the salary bump I'd get out of it.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cisco is a great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Transparent leadership (starts from the top with John Chambers)
    Progressive company, management doesn't run away from issues but deals with them head on
    Technology available to employees is second to none
    Flexibility

    Cons

    San Jose based company that needs to be reminded about the time difference with RTP at times. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to be transparent in all facets of the business.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good place, given more space

    • 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

    Pros

    Highly technical work force, people are always ready to help out.

    Cons

    Not much happening at times, exspecially compared to the other comapnies like Micrsoft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing much, interns could be given more project and responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for and it treats employees well.

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco is still the leading technology company in networking. The company culture has changed in the last ten years, but it treats the employees well and the compensation is competitive in this industry.

    Cons

    Work-life balance varies from business unit to business unit, but mostly are ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Director

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    very smart people work there

    Cons

    a little too hung up on diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus less on PR and more on product quality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Technical Leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. Lots of opportunities to learn and to expand. Flexible work hours is a bonus.

    Cons

    It is a big company, and there are politics just like other places. Stock is improving, but no where close to what it used to be.

  9.  

    Cisco is an excellent employer. Management really cares about their employees and ensures career growth and reward.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good bonus and decent compensation. Very team focused , people deal is big. It is possible to excel and grow.

    Cons

    Company has been laying off a percentage of the work force every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise salary structure, match with new age companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    None

    • 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

    Pros

    flexible work hours and fair compensations

    Cons

    few of the managers are new and lack experience handling those reporting to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place to work for. Good work life balance. Lots to learn and great intranet resources available.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very cooperative environment to work in.

    Cons

    Just like any regular work place. .nothing bad that needs to be highlighted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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