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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
5,419 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  

    Work Hard to Make a Difference, Play Hard to Reward Yourself, and Make a Lot of $$$...at Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    First of all, I am PROUD to work for Cisco Systems, as it is the leader in the high tech industry. Secondly, though all Cisco employees work very hard, we are all well compensated for our hard work. Cisco employees (from admins to sales) make an average of $130k per year. I am in sales, so if you are looking to run a business with the backing of a huge corporation, Cisco Systems is the place to be. The comany and management truly empowers their employees to reach success and grow with the company. At 24 years old, I make six figures and after less than 2 years in the field, I am already up for promotion. Stock options are great, beneftits are great, and the "work hard, play hard" mentality at Cisco makes it tremendously fun to work for this company!!

    Cons

    Though you pretty much set your own hours (nobody really breathing down your neck) the hours can tend to be long, if you are driven to succeed. Given everything is technology oriented, you can find yourself on your computer working long days into the late night and on weekends. You are required (and rightly compensated) to work whatever hours it takes to get the job done. If you can complete a task and be done by 4pm everyday...great. If you need to work until 10pm to get everything done that day, then that is what you must do. You are encouraged to take time off away from Cisco, but that can sometimes be hard for people that are as driven as I am to succeed and exceed expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue inspiring and empowering employees in all capacities. Understand that even though we may not be using all of the programs/resources extended to us, we are finding new and innovative ways to run our piece of the pie as effectively as possible. Other than that, I really have no other criticism to message up to Senior Management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company. Great people.

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great company and full of talented people. Great compensation and benefits. Everyone loves John Chambers and Gary Moore and SVP management is solid. Hard working but well rewarding.

    Cons

    It's getting to be a large company so politics are pretty much a part of the business. Starting to lose the difference between perception of and getting actual work done. Repeated layoffs have demoralized the employees. The company is going through the biggest transformation and it will be interesting to see if they succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to motivate employees in after repeated lay offs. Figure out cloud strategy once and for all...from the inside it does not seem organized. Watch for politics...it's getting a bit much!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Thought I would retire there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Want to be the #1 IT company in the world. They could do it.

    Cons

    When I started, it felt like a start up - could change on a dime. Moved like a sleek yacht. They have grown so large, they can't maneuver as quickly, but they think they can. It is not more like turning a super-sized freighter in a small harbor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat in the upper management levels. Listen to the front line team members. Disruption is a good thing when it has a purpose. Disruption for disruption's sake, without strong purpose, just generates frustration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Supply Chain Program Manager

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Solid company, good leadership, good salary, excellent investment and medical benefits. Excellent retirement plans.

    Cons

    stressful work environment, poor work life balance. Not always the best management of resources with the constant layoffs or reorganizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not always the best management of resources with the constant layoffs or reorganizations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome experience going through tough transitions

    • 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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good,smart peers

    Cons

    Process Heavy
    Politics within higher management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!!!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible as far as work/life balance. Great work environment. No micro managing.

    Cons

    Certain depts. done offer a lot of permanent positions. Pay isn't great in SOME groups not all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer people more permanent positions and don't treat some teams like it's a call center. We are engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Flexibility, diversity, challenge, traveling, experience

    Cons

    No specific cons to report here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Cisco

    • 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

    Working here is amazing, because there is a friendly environment. There are excellent benefits, and complete training. I would highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    If you start out as a contractor, it may take a long time to be able to move into a permanent position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    22 days of vacation per year, allows work from home, 100% 401K matching, great healthcare, good work-life balance, one of the best companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Pay raises are difficult to obtain, promotions are difficult to obtain, layoffs are announced every year so there is the stress of wondering if you'll get RIFed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the companies core business and try to focus more on quality of the products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer 3

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company, pioneer in Networking, Talent pool, work life balance

    Cons

    Politics, personal growth is not that high, depends on group you join.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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