Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
4,920 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.  

    good

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    great company to work for personal growth

    Cons

    nothing wrong need to give more training

  2.  

    Working full time for close to 8 years in multiple cities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Work location Flexibility, Mobile working, trusts employees, lot of internal training resources, good use of technology, cool factor,

    Cons

    big company syndrome creeping in.. lot of incompetence being hired and promoted in some pockets... more focus on the how rather than the what (means more important than end) unfortunately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to get a pulse of reality, management is creating more and more layers and people up are increasingly distant from reality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Culture of awesomeness!

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

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

    Pros

    Really great culture/atmosphere. everyone is excited about their job and you can move around in whatever field you want. Cisco really wants you to find your fit.
    emphasis on work life balance. super flexible. work from home is totally fine.

    Cons

    They are struggling now with new competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Really good working environment, alot to learn from. It really helped make me build my career as a professional.

    Cons

    "It is not very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "It is not very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"

  6.  

    Good Company to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Work Culture is good , Worklife balance is good

    Cons

    Sometimes working on late hrs

  7.  

    Scheduling Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    The ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Contract position. Did not hire for permeant positions

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I spent the first few years of my career at Cisco. I had friendly, well-educated co-workers who were happy to mentor me. I also had a great work-life balance and learned a lot about professional software development.

    Cons

    There were a few rounds of layoffs during my time at Cisco that hurt morale. Also, occasional turf-wars between teams meant decisions were made that were best for an individual manager that were not necessarily best for the employees or the larger company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layoffs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Cisco Six Sigma

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

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

    Pros

    Working from home is the best

    Cons

    Politics stagnant growth promotions are nill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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