Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Lots of opportunities to learn.
    Well established system through out the company. It's easy for people to focus on their work.

    Cons

    Cisco is slowing down on innovation compare to other SV companies
    Focused on existing market. Cisco is doing well on communication equipment market, but not much else.
    Large company. Needs to go through a lot of red tapes.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate! Innovate! Don't be satisfied with past success!


  2. Director, Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Innovation, Collaboration, Empowerment, Integrity, Customer First, Employee Engagement

    Cons

    Internal Politics, conflict avoidance, opportunity to do more across functions

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering your teams


  3. Helpful (3)

    Director, Software Engineering

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to expand your knowledge of networking, lots of internal job movement opportunity. Industry expertise, engineering driven culture. Good pay, stock and bonus, plus full benefits packages.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant. Lots of leaders only hire or promote friends. Knowledge and deliverables are secondary in bonus calculations and raise and promotion priorities decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor Sr. Director behaviors more closely with skip level surveys. Use the survey data to drive investigations.


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  5. Marketing at Cisco

    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, working from home

    Cons

    large company, slow to change management


  6. Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Generally good projects

    Cons

    Not easy to grow career.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but top-heavy and losing innovative capability

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work and live balance, flexible work-from-home arrangements, ample learning opportunities, and surrounded by some great talents...

    Cons

    Top heavy, politics, working environment not great, not enough diversity in employee background, way too many re-orgs due to management changes

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve working environment, especially remote sites; and need to avoid frequent restructuring


  8. good work-life balance but old technologies

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance is very good

    Cons

    have to work on old, outdated technologies.


  9. Cisco

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great vision, culture and openess

    Cons

    Pockets of middle management entrenched in archaic views driving heavy handed process and bureaucracy. Emphasis on innovation from senior management is not translated into action by middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the great vision and culture permeates middle management. Hold middle management accountable.


  10. HTOM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Flexibility and virtual office is nice

    Cons

    Huge culture that takes time to adopt


  11. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Acworth, GA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Acworth, GA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work from home and a great staff

    Cons

    Not enough work to keep busy to the level I require



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