Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
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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.  

    Lots of technologies available

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader I  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Leader I in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Ability to work from home. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Minimal innovation. Buys innovative companies then has layoffs to please investors. Limited career growth. Subjective and somewhat unfair bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Huge number of email lists and meetings. Offshore workers create more work in outside hours, better to make use of intern programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for 5 years !!!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employees are empowered to do make decisions best for the company. Great place to learn various skills. Have freedom to move around to work different products and functions.

    Cons

    Given the size of the company growth is limited. No start-up culture anymore. Has turned into true big company. No talent recognition. Mediocre people are rising up the ladder and good talent are leaving for other smaller companies and startups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the right talent and not the pushers or mediocre talent. Half of the long timers are just staying for their paychecks and not put their best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Compnany

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, ease with working from home, many opportunities to get involved in the community.

    Cons

    Many layoffs within the past couple years, downsizing to save cost; constant re-orgs, with many downstream effects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Enough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work environment and style

    Cons

    politics, disjointed leadership and communications at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding company.

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

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

    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
  7.  

    Software Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Stability, Big Company, Reputation, Great incentives to pass certification exams.

    Cons

    As in any big company, office Politics are a BIG part of Cisco.
    Mediocre single line managers focusing only on their own benefits have FUBAR the company.
     Mediocre Salaries. Cisco by self admission targets to be in the 65% precentile in salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more attrition needed, need young engineers, pay top performing engineers better salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Cisco

    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work and you're surrounded by people with good heart and dedication.

    Cons

    Leadership is seriously lacking. Too many people with no understanding of technology and it's role in the new economy. Rather odd considering they ARE the core technology in so many enterprise solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the structure, remove silos and really tackle festering issues that's been around for 10+ years.

  9.  

    Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, good culture, smart people.

    Cons

    short term sales focus limit longer term strategies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    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
  11.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth in different areas. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Compensation compared to other tech companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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