Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 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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    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.

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    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
  3.  

    I have supported various products giving me useful skills to support multiple technologies in RF, VPN & Edge Routing

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    Current Employee - Test Development Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Development Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There is always something to learn about new technologies and keep you busy.

    Cons

    Recently, most opportunities for growth and learning are outside of the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage the use of industry wide software tools as opposed to requiring use of internally created tools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bigger is better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    They are a big company.

    Cons

    They can provide diverse opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company overall

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Cisco so far. It's a great start for new graduated students! It's also a great place for you to grow your industrial experience. Then managers are very nice and helpful from my point of view.

    Cons

    The company is a great place to work overall, but the company has complicated process to follow. The company likes to do reorganizations a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible experience... 10/10

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    Current Employee - Sales Field  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Field in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Cisco culture is incredible, really felt it during the 9 weeks here. People are passionate, energetic, and wanting the younger generation to join the company.

    We did work that matters. We provided account teams with insights that they took to their clients.

    Met with CEO, COO, CTO, SVP Sales, CMO and received mentorship.

    Pay was highly competitive, highest sales internship compensation I've heard of.

    Internship leads into a career at Cisco (CSAP program to start) if it is a fit for both parties.

    Cons

    I did not experience any negative situations while at Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep recruiting young talent, evolve at the pace that is needed (hardware --> software shift)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Company that truly cares

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    Current Employee - Cisco  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Cisco in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    No matter what your input is the company listens and tries to change. I have seen major input be put into action in 4 weeks. There is great pay and benefits. Great culture to work with. Phenomenal learning opportunity and the work you do is impactful to the company.

    Cons

    Sales Oriented if that's not your thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cisco

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    provides excellant opportunity to learn new products, great interaction and coordination between cross boarder teams

    Cons

    internal politics need to be reduced and also the hirearchu also needs to be reduced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce unnecessary hierarchy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    growth opportunities could be more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, VERY smart people to work with, can be very creative at times. Cisco is very interested in keeping market share for hardware, and now getting into software, so it's shifting a lot of internal views on what's profitable, which is a good thing. Cisco is willing to try, several times if need be, to get something right.

    Cons

    Sales is still silo ed, some business units don't take impute from sales and what customers needs are going to be. Long hours at times, very revenue focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to work/train employees better, not just have it stop at new hire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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