Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
4,967 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 597 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 338 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 176 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 159 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent technology company with the right culture and focus

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and team
    Empowerment at every level
    Ability to move to new roles in the company
    Generous benefits and bonus
    Stability and lots of cash in the bank

    Cons

    Product mix and business model in transition
    Changes and reorg can be unnerving for some during transition
    Need to take more risk
    Global company means work at all hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership overdue at top
    Need fresh thinking and energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Supportive, nice smart people, a board variety of learning opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Learning opportunities
    Flexibility - you can choose your working hours, and there are great Cisco technologies, such as WebEx which allow you to have conference or learning online workshops remotely
    Great people

    Cons

    Sometimes it doesnt do well in work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cisco as a young proffesional

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    Current Employee - Compliance Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Compliance Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    benefits, company recognition, time-off policy, atmospher

    Cons

    lack of direction from upper managements, benefits, salary increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more transparent upper management decisoins. Company should let employees innovate and develop as opposed to strictly hiring outside talent. Alot of talent in company but direction does not necessarily seem honest and straight forward from higher up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company that pushes its people hard

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Good benefits. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Can be treacherous if caught up in a layoff. Management can be difficult. Delivery cycle doesn't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't continue deliver to dates at the cost of quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company but top heavy, providing few opportunities to advance at senior levels.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, particularly bonus. Established company with dominant market share in numerous markets. Great flexibility in the workplace - remote workers supported.

    Cons

    No top line growth for years. Leadership team not setting clear direction for company to follow. Too much time spent internally focused in meetings and not enough on customers, the market and the competition. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like there are now annual layoffs, making managers spend even more time focused on the organizational changes rather than the business. Leadership team needs to hold each other more accountable for business results.

  7.  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, forgiving and positive environment, lack of politics at least at engineering level, big opportunities along many products lines, worldly recognized company, famous products, lots of ways to grow and interact people, excellent place to acquire hands-on experience

    Cons

    Many project aspects has a lack of responsibilities, no-one wants to take responsibility, loose standards, lack of quality check and peer review

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might need to toughen up little bit on freewheelers, assign responsibilities to individuals, consistent with the goal during the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales driven org, with Customer focus

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Consulting Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Consulting Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible schedule, lot of smart people work here!

    Cons

    Some amount of politics between various internal orgs. Strategy not unified, multiple strategies pursued at the same time so does slow down the best solution. Partners competing in the same space is very confusing to end customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer reorgs. Align strategy to fewer technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall good company

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader I  in  Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    It is a big company with many different facets and is spread across the entire globe. You can move around and find something to your liking. When they claim end-to-end network support, they truly mean it and can deliver. The overall compensation including benefits is good.

    Cons

    Engineering process is overwhelming and due to legacy+large installed base very hard to change. Depending on release schedules, work-life balance will get upset. Various groups do not work as a single entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers of management. Help internal innovation achieve more.
    Given the vast marketing machinery you have, it is sad to see you get blind-sided by many competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    General

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Reasonably well pay, good work life balance, diverse job opportunities, process

    Cons

    Inter team dependencies delay progress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Leader in the networking industry

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    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leader in the networking industry

    Cons

    Not very stable. Every half year or one year, you feel impact of lay-off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some money on fundamental research, list quantum computing, AI, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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