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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
5,622 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. 3 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.

  2. 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
  3.  

    Incredible Experience that provide significant growth opportunity and reward.

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Leadership, Training, Opportunity, Benefits

    Cons

    Trying to seek employment with Cisco again, but as with many large companies its difficult to obtain attention of the recruiters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • 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

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Slow moving processes to get things done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    • 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
  8.  

    Too big to grow

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

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

    Pros

    Well categorized. If you want be to a expert one area, it is a good choice. Good benefits, enough resources for training and huge database based on long history. Also flexible work environments.

    Cons

    Chopped people almost every year and rehire same number of people then restructuring. Very tired to survive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    good place to work here

    Cons

    need to work on more assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good benefits

  10.  

    Career Opportunities

    • 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

    With the number of changes which occur, opportunities are plentiful if you are flexible with role and responsibilities/title. If you are the type of person who works well under constant change and "grey areas" (within certain BU's), then you can be successful. There are many avenues to take in advancing your career, whether it be a stretch assignment, project work, short term assignment or brand new role with a promotion or lateral move. You will have to be the "driver" of your career and be open with your manager.

    Cons

    Change is constant and although that can create an entrepreneurial environment, it also creates an environment whereby you can become unsure of the direction. Limited Restructures are very common and instead of eliminating positions, leaders and management should really take a look at their existing talent and understand how employee's talents can be used in other BU's and orgs. Some managers need to be trained on how to really advocate for their employee's expertise and understand how to help grow their careers. There are some managers who do not allow their employees to change roles and will "block" movement with various tactics. Management turn over in certain HR groups is slightly high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of instituting changes with new procedures/policies, take the time to investigate what the "worker bees" are really doing and get their input on what works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Huge company

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Perks of being a huge firm.

    Cons

    Cons of being a huge firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing ok i guess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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