Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
5,181 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.  

    Great place to work with all the right tools

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Constantly striving for best-in-class products

    Cons

    The budget process to purchase hardware is a bit of a numbers game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You let some good people go in the last RIF

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Use to be the best place to work, now horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Use to be great and pretty good layoff packages

    Cons

    Use to be great. Now nothing but layoffs and promises of more layoffs. Moral has crashed and the work environment has turned super negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning environment

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Chance to work on variety of technologies

    Cons

    Slow moving decision-making, heavy layers of management oversight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower middle managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent environment

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Frustrating at times dealing with customers but surrounded by a great team. Had I known how good it is to work here, I would have moved years ago.

    Cons

    Management goals need to be achievable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Whence whither cisco.

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Strong brand and strong legacy products make for Easy access to great customers.

    Cons

    Cisco sometimes = a confederation of startups. The many overlay and liaison function do not mitigate internal disconnects.
    Very strong account control and a tradition of great engineering excellence in San Jose. The challenge will be to maintain the culture if excellence while reducing spending....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on switching and routing.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good company overall but consider the role carefully as it's starting to move towards churn model

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Despite being a large company the strategy and vision is still generating some buzz in the marketplace, although the expectations from the Street are higher still. Generous benefits, great facilities and generally a good sense of community in the company. Ultimately you have to analyze very carefully who you're working for and the organization you would be in and how strategic it is to the business, and the perception of that area of your business up through your prospective mgmt chain.

    Cons

    It's big enough so unfortunately you are just a number at the end of the day. You can expect the politics and uncertainty that goes with a large company under constant pressure to innovate away from it's core business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must generate better consensus across business units especially when it comes to product strategy and acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company but too many layoffs

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

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

    Pros

    Good company with solid benefits and great ability to work at home or at the office. They strive for flexibility and provide the tools to make it happen.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot of realignment and change and is choosing to accomplish this through consistent layoffs each August after the fiscal year closes. Instead of retraining they fire and bring in new younger blood. The lament that not enough people leave the company each year as their attrition rate is 3% and John Chambers would like to see it at 10%. They lose a lot of good people with this approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain and don't just do yearly layoffs. You are making Cisco not a place people want to come too and that is not your end goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rapid change/restructure and moving to a high turnover model

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training options are top notch, depending on the year
    Remote work is an option, with less than 5% travel
    The people working there are some of the best in the world

    Cons

    Job security is non-existent
    Organizational silos make changing positions infeasible
    Upper management is cut-throat whilst the experts have a supportive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    4 years of consecutive layoffs? Reviewing on a curve? These policies strongly indicate to your employees that you're moving to a high-turnover model. You're going to lose top talent in addition to those deliberately targeted for layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for a long career

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    work life balance, office culture, company values, time-off policies, intern program

    Cons

    compensation, perks, food, mundane, benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good work environment,

    Cons

    not easy to promote, hope can be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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