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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
5,631 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.  

    Satisfied

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    good pay and employee benefits

    Cons

    it is a very competitive place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    engage more of the employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cisco is really nice place to work with good work life balance.

    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    1. Decent Salary.
    2. Great new technology.
    3. Greater options to switch within Cisco to different roles.

    Cons

    1. Not a good place for innovation.
    2. Too much internal politics.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    New hires

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career after graduation
    - Hardware team environment is dynamic and fast paced
    - Fantastic team members to work with

    Cons

    - Quite slow in terms of career growth and recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, you guys are doing a fantastic job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience as Software Engineering Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Expected it to be very corporate and cubicle like, but environment was open and the people were very helpful. Team structure allowed working with many different mentors. Work life balance seems better than at other big tech companies. Unexpected Perks

    Cons

    Not much. Not too much contact with other interns. Didn't have a capstone project but neither do any of the other employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    • Network Engineer of SNMP team, automated various protocols on Cisco’s most profitable device, Catalyst 6500 switches.

    • 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

    The work cultrue is the best. Work flexibility gives me more time for myself. Teammates are very helpful

    Cons

    Hike is not given very often.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Big and bureaucratic but solid benefits/pay

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

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

    Pros

    Very good Benefits, super nice gym and sports facilites.
    People are nice, and it is really hard to find a bad manager.
    Great work/life balance, you work as much as you want.
    Very long career oriented, they have a lot of different positions you can move to/from.

    Cons

    Big and old corporation.
    Old technologies.
    Too many boring steps to build features/products, that is why they acquire other companies.
    A lot of the products are in maintenance state, so you end up working on bugs most of the time.
    They promote once every 3-4 years but they only increase salary by 3%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the percentage once you get promoted. 3% is very low for all the hard work employees put on to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Not Bad

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Large corporate environment where the fighting is mostly done at the management levels. If they let you go they are very generous. John Chambers goes out of his way to be a "good guy".

    Cons

    Constant scramble for relevance. Get on a good project and run with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow dissenting views.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    BA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Amazing company that helps with you to understand the different methods and how to apply them to find the reqs.

    Cons

    Co-workers were rude, and being on contract i was treated differently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great salary and atmosphere. Very nice people

    Cons

    Very difficult projects and little to no public speaking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses would go a long way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    OK salary but company take care employee

    Cons

    New inner and external challenges

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