Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
4,868 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Need a certain mindset to thrive at Cisco.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Salary compensation is good compared to other companies in the valley
    Cisco hires internally a lot. Once you get in, you're basically in
    If you're willing to learn and push your career, you will definitely learn a lot

    Cons

    Fast paced and high pressure. If you can't stand the heat, get out the kitchen
    Probably not the best environment for people with families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the consumer side of the business. I'd like to see Cisco expand to more than just servers and routers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    In Transition

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    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture of decency, intelligence - a place where most of the employee base is collaborative, well-wishing, open and focused on mutual success.

    Cons

    Transformation today pressures most departments to execute while still figuring out what they should execute, and even as transparency in diminishing relative to past times. Coordinated strategy-building is difficult with this amount of change, and without more open communication about in-the-moment navigation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more like Millennials - open the curtains, talk out loud, be super-transparent and a lot braver. Open yourselves to criticism, and move forward with confidence and moxy. This is not a time to say "we need to become more current and vital", while narrowing communication and holding the cards so close to management's chest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cisco - Innovation and Decision Making is key to longevity

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Have Internet Access? Work anywhere.
    Cisco has a great set of core values
    The working environment is positive. Cisco employees are professional and results oriented.
    There is a healthy amount of rewards and recognition
    Cisco takes corporate social responsibility seriously. I enjoy having time to volunteer and giving back to the community representing Cisco

    Cons

    Annual Layoffs - Cisco is bleeding top talent and top talent would think twice about joining this company. Needs to get smarter around hiring practices as to limit the annual layoff trend.
    Change Fatigue - It is really unclear if the Cisco Strategies work because Cisco is in a constant rate of change.
    Executive Leadership is very shy about making decisions or there is too much collaboration and not enough directive decision making.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Life Balance - limited upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Work life balance. They actually care about your well being.

    Cons

    Doesnt matter how good your are at your job it only matters if you are assigned to the "next big thing" projects if you want to move up. Have seen many crappy managers / directors move up because they were in the right place at the right time. Some managers (now SR Directors have had 3 promotions in 3 years. No one else can come close to that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Cisco has been filled with invigorating career challenges and great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Cisco is that you can really grow your career, challenge yourself, and learn new things.

    Cons

    They do not hire many full time employees. The workforce is made up of mostly contractors. The have/have-not dynamic can be difficult on one's sense of self worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Trying to Establish Itself as IT Leader

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Willing to invest in employee development/training. Endless opportunities to get involved in wide range of projects. Ability to work with people all across the globe. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    Remote working environment allows for flexibility, however it makes it difficult to gain exposure. Many Director-level and above individuals are 10+ years at the company, makes it difficult to implement change and bring about fresh ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and employees, needs a more definitive roadmap and business model

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    Former Employee - Global Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pays well, smart people, well respected in the industry, Core products can't be beat.

    Cons

    Cisco is struggling with mission statement and business relevancy, losing innovative spirit. Some people have been there too long. Internal politics is clouding their vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what business you want to be in. Encourage innovation rather than in-fighting within the product groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rich, innovative, operational excellence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Organization  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Partner Organization in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Profit margin Best in class sales organization and product helps Cisco not only compete but leave in the information technology sector. Compensation for sales people is competitive. It is possible to find a work life balance although it takes effort at Cisco.

    Cons

    As Cisco strives to grow its revenue it gets larger the larger it gets the more difficult it is to strike that key balance to be a great innovative company a great company for its employees and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful what you ask for. Cisco's goal to be the largest IT company could be the ultimate undoing. Provide a path for your people to grow and develop inside the company.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries. Best of the bad places, every one who goes out tell you that this was better than new place. Lot of freedom, if you do not seek growth.

    Cons

    Yearly lay offs, management is taken over by operations people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train all director and above in management with MBA 101 courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tons of opportunity, great people, a lot of work though

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people surround you. There are ample opportunities to learn. Cisco has a and a good work/life balance, but during crunch time it's all hands on deck.

    Cons

    Big companies have their disadvantages, it can be hard to find information at Cisco. There are a lot of different repositories for different business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline information sharing. Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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