Cisco Systems
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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.5 4,215 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The work life balance is better compare to many of the start-ups"
    in 467 reviews
  • "It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"
    in 266 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance if you are an individual contributor"
    in 147 reviews
  • "The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity"
    in 139 reviews
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Program Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsCasual, structured enough, flexible enough.

ConsUpper Management heavy, middle management heavy.
Contractors do more work than employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf a contractor has been around and performing better than your employee. Fire one, Hire the other.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Manager, Program Management (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsFlexible work / life balance.

Consseems to be behind in market pay.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company!

Project Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, flexible schedules and not too many office politics.

ConsSalary increases are not the norm here even if your up for a promotion. Lack of salary budget is common.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best Place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lawrenceville, GA

I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern for less than a year

Prospeople are caring and want to help one another. the atmosphere is very calm. No one is hard tonesd and help is easy to find.

ConsI do not believe there are any

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Know your Stuff = Great Place to Work

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsCulture of willingness to help and educate; lots of cross-team collaboration and mutual support (successful 80-90% of the time);

ConsVery busy work days / weeks; difficult to insert personal development time / self education; expected 50+ hr weeks; Somewhat balanced by opportunities for work/life balance schedule / remote work

Advice to Senior ManagementMore recognition for contingent workers who aren't eligible for bonuses, awards (most of the time), or other recognition programs - yet many times doing the same jobs / working alongside the FTEs. Also no programs for training / supporting career growth of contingent workforce - even after working as contingent for 5-10 years

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Perfect company for starting your career!

Program Manager II Marketing (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsExcellent cross-functional opportunities to excel and work in teams globally.

ConsAll new jobs in separate organizations require lateral movements and re-proving oneself.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cisco Systems

ProsGreat access to resources and people.

ConsCan take time to get promoted. Often better to find a new role in same company

Advice to Senior Managementpromote great EE's or they will look for other opportunities within the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at Cisco Systems

ProsThe technology is cutting edge and the people are very friendly. The pay and the benefits are excellent.

ConsYou are expected to work hard and put in long hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice.

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Great company to work and enhance your career path

Software Engineering Manager II (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGood benefit and opportunities to grow

Conswork-life balance, executive lack of competency

Advice to Senior ManagementCollaborate and put customers' interests before your own.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good place to work for new grad

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

Prosnice environment, friendly coworkers, pretty good support

Conskindly of stable, not much exciting projects

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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