Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 619 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 348 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 181 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 164 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cisco is a good place, but...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, telecommuting, working on innovative technology, developing your career. Good benefits, Stable environment.

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to some others. Bureaucracy for getting things done is more than in smaller companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you value your people by paying more and not making it so hard to get promotions. Pay your long term employees on parity with new hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good company for employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logic Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Logic Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits for employees for a big company. many networking experts in each discipline. company earning good profits, still depending on which division, job is stable.
    office culture heavily depend on the director of the division, mostly result oriented.

    Cons

    for asic division, company try to minimize expense, some projects are under-staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company that is going through a major business transformation

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

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

    Pros

    Relationship based organizations. If you know who to work with across functions you can get a lot done.
    Company is more focused now on key initiatives to drive business relevant outcomes for customers. Previously seemed distracted on too many priorities.
    Great benefits and flexible hours.... work hard and play hard mentality.

    Cons

    Not very processed oriented so driving change is difficult in a relationship based organization.
    Middle Management seems to get caught in the middle of strategy from above and execution reality from below.
    Continuous cut backs and cost savings efforts could be a slowing down innovation.
    Market is migrating to cloud and SaaS business models. Cisco's strength is adjusting to technical changes, not business model changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improved communications on where the investments and bets are going to be placed. Growth seems to be focused across the group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, world wide customers, great exposure

    Cons

    A lot of work. Time constraints. Just a great place to grow in a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn & contribute. Great teams. Great networking company.

    Cons

    Should encourage work/life balance more.
    Fails to see employee point of view & strengths in some cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving management ability to assess employees correctly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    sw

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    great company and has many area to work

    Cons

    but ur stuck with same work doing all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great

    Recommends
  8.  

    Fast Moving Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    New Technologies are in great Growth Areas in Virtualization, Cloud. Learning opportunities exist and people with the right skills can move laterally.

    Cons

    Too Top Heavy, Too Many Cross-functional process tasks to get anything done. When re-orgs happen and you get inherited into another group, then you have to really restart new relationship with manager or change groups as the manager can quietly put you in the annual round of Layoff bucket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structured Career Growth Guidance from Individual Contributor to second Line Manager structure will help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cisco is a great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Cisco is that they care about their employees, there's always room for growth and the people are wonderful.

    Cons

    Too many Managers work in a different state and never really interact with their Team accept by phone or WebEx.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Top company with talented teams

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Being at the forefront of technology. You have access to the best training in the world. Focus on work at home helps with work-life balance. The company has a culture of excellence and customer focus.

    Cons

    The company has a start up culture. This works when you're a start up, not when you are the biggest company in the market you serve.

  11.  

    Growth opportunities and collaboration in the product life cycle

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Stability and growth opportunities in the company for over 10 years at the company. Ability to learn new technology, collaborate closely with product engineering, sales, marketing and advanced services teams. Provided opportunity to learn about different lines of business and segment needs.

    Cons

    Duplication in job function in market segments lead to workforce reduction in some organizations. Talented, long-term dedicated employees were now forced to compete for the same position, causing disharmony in the workforce and lower morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend reflecting on the management style used during 1998-2000, prior to the first large layoff in 2000-2001, and reflect on the alignment of the organizations, cohesiveness of the BUs, and determine how the leadership organization directly affected the productivity and morale of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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