Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the last remaining pro (in 666 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home when needed or desired (in 369 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistent (in 184 reviews)

  • BIG company that treats employees as interchangeable (in 170 reviews)

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  1. Too many layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to telecommute! Really nice co-workers!

    Cons

    No raises, too many useless VP's, annual layoffs, stack ranking, politics!

    Advice to Management

    Start innovating!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Exec Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    flexible and work from home

    Cons

    your just a number nobody care about you. lots of favortism

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees!!!


  3. Helpful (2)

    a company that is dying a slow death

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it pays the bills - almost

    Cons

    no careers at cisco - only jobs

    Advice to Management

    fire the cisco mafia execs and hire people who actually care


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run if you care about people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable environment. A lot of interesting work. Excellent benefits and flexible work hours. Most people are professional and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked when it comes to treating people as humans. They ignore your thoughts, feelings, and when things get tough they pretend there is no issue. They will fire people on a whim with very little proper thought seen in every other place I have been

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on execution and operations. Especially, require managers to develop their relationship with their directs. Incorporate their feelings and desires into your plans where practical.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Politics, bullying and nepotism, not to forget age discrimination

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, though this is changing recently.
    Great people to work with. You can learn new things in the right roles.

    Cons

    Politics are horrible. Wrong people get recognized and promoted, but real contributors are sidelined and fought off. Leadership is too thick and useless. An SVP would quit and you feel no impact leading to believe he/she were useless to start with as an SVP. Nepotism especially by and within certain "groups".

    Advice to Management

    Lose the CIO at once. Her niece works in her reporting chain. Bring back the $50B hidden offshore if you care about America.


  7. Helpful (5)

    culture of fear

    Former Employee - Advanced Services Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Advanced Services Manager in Lancaster, PA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, some flexible working

    Cons

    fragmented vision, huge politics. Yearly lay-offs


  8. Helpful (2)

    work

    Current Employee - Business Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible work place. open spaces

    Cons

    unpredictable management. unreliable no real security


  9. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a terrible place to be. the Pay is excellent but so much stress is there

    Cons

    Financial benefit is there. I made so much money basicly doing very little work


  10. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    start up atmosphere, start up culture like small time shop

    Cons

    No approach towards operationalizing the software delivery processes neither following right governing model . Many of them feeling job insecurity, in start up environment. Front line Technology managers seems to be limited Data knowledge and less /none project governing culture model. This is nightmare and can loose job in ambiguity within 10 minutes , can be walked out even though you do good job.

    Advice to Management

    People are working for company which is 100 years old corporate .


  11. Helpful (5)

    One of the worst companies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Life and work balance and good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Everything else is horrible. Lots of employees mainly act as "police officers" and lots of other people work like slaves.



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