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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
5,788 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.  

    Cisco Kool-Aid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Programs Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Programs Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    So many reasons. Very innovative and expanding into new technologies. Strong focus on collaboration and also making a difference in the world. The culture for the most part reflects this collaborative style but differs a little from group to group. The Executives communicate what is going on within the organization. No layoffs even in a tough economy! Company is very open to people rotating between functional areas and business units although it is on the onus of the individual employee to network and reach out for that next opportunity. Less Bureacracy than I think most other large organizations. Free soda!

    Cons

    Well, it is a large company so therefore there is some bureacracy. It sometimes takes some time to make decisions in order to go through proper channels. We were forced to take 4 vacation days for the week after Christmas this year whether we wanted to or not (or had work to do or not). However, still no layoffs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, I can't think of anything at the highest level. I think they are doing a great job. Pay me more maybe? :-)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

    • 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

    Work environment is friendly.
    Great package
    Plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Usual politics can happen at times.

  3.  

    excellent company, great culture, excellent leadership strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Process Design Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Process Design Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    excellent company, great culture, excellent leadership strategy

    Cons

    silos, silos, silos, silos, silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent leadership strategy, let innovation foster even after acquisitions....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good compensation, wok life balance, great people.

    Cons

    Slow in execution. Too many processes and managers trying to create empires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more technical people in middle management than people who are focused on communication only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cisco is a great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Transparent leadership (starts from the top with John Chambers)
    Progressive company, management doesn't run away from issues but deals with them head on
    Technology available to employees is second to none
    Flexibility

    Cons

    San Jose based company that needs to be reminded about the time difference with RTP at times. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to be transparent in all facets of the business.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good place, given more space

    • 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

    Highly technical work force, people are always ready to help out.

    Cons

    Not much happening at times, exspecially compared to the other comapnies like Micrsoft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing much, interns could be given more project and responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for and it treats employees well.

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco is still the leading technology company in networking. The company culture has changed in the last ten years, but it treats the employees well and the compensation is competitive in this industry.

    Cons

    Work-life balance varies from business unit to business unit, but mostly are ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    very smart people work there

    Cons

    a little too hung up on diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus less on PR and more on product quality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Network Consulting Engineer

    • 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

    good work environment
    advanced technology
    campus
    work life balance
    benefits

    Cons

    limited work
    job cuts
    less increments
    less flexibility
    bursty work

    Recommends
  11.  

    Technical Leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. Lots of opportunities to learn and to expand. Flexible work hours is a bonus.

    Cons

    It is a big company, and there are politics just like other places. Stock is improving, but no where close to what it used to be.

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