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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Company to Work For

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of work life. Autonomy and flexibility. Empowerment and egalitarianism. Liberal telecommuting policy. Compensation.

    Cons

    Somewhat bloated managerial structure. IMHO, many in upper levels of management perceive a need to inject complexity in order to maintain job security.

    Siloed and disconnected policy making. Central functions are continually at odds with individual business unit practices. Cisco is a great-great company that treats its employees with respect and appreciation, but leadership has difficulty executing to a clear vision, which can be frustrating and potentially demotivating. There are some very good executives and some not-so-goods (again, IMHO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as Cisco is able to maintain the bottom line for shareholders, there most likely won't be any motivation to acknowledge and address the above criticisms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    review

    • 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

    Great company to work with. Lot of scope for improving your talents.

    Cons

    Major layoffs. Never know when we will be gone.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very good

    • 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

    benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    compensation needs to be higher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation

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  5.  

    Best company I worked for

    • 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 to work from anywhere, open and collobarative culture, ability to be able to make your job.....what you want it to be. Ability to drive huge impact.

    Cons

    Slow decisions making. Constant consensus building even for small things can be tiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get senior executive talent from outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best places to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great Environment. Very pro employee company.

    Cons

    Due to scale, sometimes moving things can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place for work life balance and career growth

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

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

    Pros

    Independent work style. Lots of ways to make meaningful contribution. Pretty much no hierarchy at all, can reach out to anyone provided they are available when you want to meet.

    Cons

    Constant changes all the time - but its the new norm in high tech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Stabilizing and attract more young talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment with a lot of freedom to contribute

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They do a very good job of pairing you up with mentors, and I went from knowing nothing about big data to knowing a whole lot after just one summer thanks to some great mentorship.

    The expectations are extremely lax in terms of the hours you put in, and people in my department would often come in at 10 and leave at 3.

    Cisco does a lot of team building lunches and the ilk. Paid work day at Great America theme park and other fun perks

    Cons

    Like a lot of other big companies, it's nearly impossible to see how your work contributes to a final product. That, paired with the nature of Cisco's business prevented me from getting excited enough to return

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive, great talent, good compensation, time off polices

    Cons

    too many BUs... but the company is working on consolidating them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the BU structures to make BUs focus on outside competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    People are nice to each other

    Cons

    location is kinda in the middle of no where

  11.  

    Great Community and great people

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco has an abundance of opportunity for an employee to gain diverse experience. It has great training program to help your grow.

    Cons

    As a big company, Cisco has its fair share of politics but it does put forth a good mechanism to ensure employee has the opportunity to share his/her opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured career growth plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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