Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked as a summer intern in the Supply Chain Organization.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    A very open and supportive culture with talented people who believe in the company.

    Cons

    Many people prefer working remotely that may not work the best for some.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    With all the contractors in IT, there is a huge amount of white space to be managed by actual employees.

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    Current Employee - IT Program Manager
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Solid and well-respected company.
    Willing to invest in development and training (if applicable to position)
    Decent salary and fair benefits

    Cons

    Alot of busy work... with considerable work put into backward looking quarterly status reports.
    Certain tension between business units and IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage based on what the team is supposed to do, get involved with team activity, issues, and challenges; don't spend so much time in meetings and administrative distractions that does not directly contribute to that mission.

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    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Excellent work place, great place start career and explore different positions

    Cons

    Some groups work in mafia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great company to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    it is a good place to work with good amenities and encourages healthy work life balance. Completely satisfied with that

    Cons

    Work load is heavy and will require to work extra hours to stay current with the ongoing issues. Challenging but the applications are awesome to support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Well growth and good opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    management needs to improved and should not be optimistic about project deadlines

  7. Company re-inventing itself!

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    Current Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Executive in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Focus on disruptive trends, global impact, investing for the future, on upward trajectory

    Cons

    Requires patience to move things (but massive impact if you can)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Not much career path from satellite site

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Great Company to learn about managing large teams and projects!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Smart people and great company values

    Cons

    Can be political at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Positive overall experience

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    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and projects are always changing

    Cons

    Theres a strong divide between business teams and IT. Company has as much culture as a mauve flannel cubicle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More needs to be done foster unity between business and IT, and between contractors and employees.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Company is currently going strong. Competitors are struggling.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Should be great place to work over the next few years. Company now makes each employee take all their vacation time. Most cisco managers are so busy you are not micro managed. Great rewards for top performers. There is no glass ceiling for women.

    Cons

    Few employees receive stock grants. Company has regular reduction of employees. There is risk of top line revenue as many companies are moving toward cloud implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking about how well the stock is doing until grants are given to individual contributors. Look more at internal promotions vs external hires

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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