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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
4,964 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    Very fair and professional

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    Pros

    The challenges are never ending and the pay is good

    Cons

    The demand for result unbearable at times. Hard to keep up with the ever changing of policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a reasonable target for people to reach.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work but it is undergoing important changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment, good benefits, lots of flexibility

    Cons

    bureaucracy, very slow in taking decisions, 4 redundancy rounds in the last 3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best companies to work for, especially when you have seen others

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Leader  in  Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Hamburg (Germany)

    Pros

    You are able to work with some of the best and smartest folks in the industry. Compensation is good and and opportunities to advance are available, even though competition is tough. The company knows how to align employee behavior with the goals of the company.

    Cons

    It is a "Hero-to-Zero" company. Come end of July the latest, expect major shifts in focus areas, responsibilities, expectations. In sales, do expect your targets to go up in a way that makes you ask "How possibly can I achieve that ?". Feature velocity in products sometimes low as there are sometimes too many diverging interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remind everyone constantly what is on the back of the badge regarding Cisco culture & values. Also, never forget that people (customers) buy from people (the sales folks). TPs and WebExes are great, but sometimes it is necessary to meet someone in person.
    And maybe one quip "There is no business case for common sense" - some features in products are so obviously lacking that calculating a business case to drive development is almost impossible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enagagement Manager
    Current Employee - Enagagement Manager

    Pros

    Culture! A positive work environment.

    Cons

    Limited promotion and career growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career strategies for non-technical resources.

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

    Great Company To Work At, But...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Treats employees well.
    Excellent compensations and benefits.
    Company makes tons of cash.
    Great location in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Horrible stock performance over the last decade.
    Gives away money to employees too freely.
    Over-pays insane amounts for mergers and acquisitions.
    Has no idea how to increase the value of the business, even with all that cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about increasing the value of the company, so the stock options are actually worth something?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Corporate experience with good benefits and competitive salaries. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Perks are not the same as other silicon valley companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bigger is better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Westford, MA

    Pros

    They are a big company.

    Cons

    They can provide diverse opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Cisco so far. It's a great start for new graduated students! It's also a great place for you to grow your industrial experience. Then managers are very nice and helpful from my point of view.

    Cons

    The company is a great place to work overall, but the company has complicated process to follow. The company likes to do reorganizations a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

    Set back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, but depending on your colleagues, work place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Great technology firm, excellent breadth of solutions so you can move horizontally. Flexible work, once you used to it, you can never leave this place. Excellent middle-top management and clear goals to measure performance. Very liberal training policy, and not so bad travel policy.

    Cons

    Groups based on your country, or some demographics. That's the horrible part. Many jobs, decades old IT systems, Heavy workloads, and worse of all is the information overflow. There are tons of files with old information, and many versions/revisions but you need plenty of luck to find the correct information. So indirectly you'll end up relying on people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the focus on outside America :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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