Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. After a Cisco M&A

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    Former Employee - Network Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Network Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry recognition, large company mentality.

    Cons

    Clickish, it's all a numbers game

    Advice to Management

    Engineers are a dime a dozen, but recognize the devoted contributors, or they'll go look for their dime's worth.


  2. virtual HR

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, telecommuting options.

    Cons

    Constant change due to many acquisitions and subsequent layoffs. HR rarely has face to face contact with employees unless you're in San Jose. Very impersonal. More time spent on spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations than on supporting employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    technical lead

    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility - people can work remote somewhat, depending on your manager. However, if people don't see you in the office, people may not know who you are. When the next localized or global layoff (which is very frequent) comes, you may have the high chance to be on the list.

    Cons

    There are groups at Cisco which are plainly fat. There primary existences are to justify their own existences by spinning initiatives to make them look good even though there are no meets in those initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Changes are good. Majority of the top folks have been run the same folks for the past decades - layer 1 is done. The CEO needs to do the same on the 2 - 3 layers down.


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  5. Ok Experience

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    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bosses are nice, everyone is generally friendly as it is SV Tech firm. Good for corporate/accounting roles. Lots of benefits like cafes/etc.

    Cons

    Huge company, 0 senior level exposure. Most days I didn't have anything to do and I would just sit at my desk and watch the world cup. Not a good experience overall.


  6. review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Cisco is a great place to work. Flexible in terms of work and lot of things to learn. Sometimes, work under pressure to accomplish tasks. Provides lot of resources to learn new things. Management is always helpful and understand things.

    Cons

    Salary may not be per market.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on stream lining the processes


  7. Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of high calibre individuals

    Cons

    cotinuous layoffs due to frequent change in directions

    Advice to Management

    Make this company a fun work place instead of place where people look when the axe falls on us


  8. Helpful (4)

    Job security is scary at times

    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and starting pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Raises are almost non-existent. Raises do occur, but they seem to be only for a small section of employees at the absolute top of the performance scale or who have made the right impression with senior leadership. So you can do a great job and not see a penny more for 3 or more years. So while the world becomes more expensive to live in, you are are having less an less expendable income. If this methodology resulted in more job security it would be worth it, but it is just Cisco's normal business model to force management into stack ranking exercises to determine who could be fired. Also, Cisco does not value most experience gained outside of Cisco. So you may have years of experience coming in the door, you will not be considered for promotions until you have gained the same experience under Cisco.

    Advice to Management

    Implement cost of living raises at a minimum. This alone would have a dramatic effect on employee satisfaction.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Cisco is losing the fight to attract and retain talent

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    (1) Flexible work environment. Can work from home (2) Salary and benefits are good (3) Still has a few good executives and leaders

    Cons

    (1) Cisco has been in a state of constant restructuring for the last 4 years. Roles and responsibilities can change overnight (2) Morale of employees is at an all time low. And most of the management does not seem to care (3) Cisco has lost its innovation edge. Its a company that is slowly going out of business (4) Zero career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Please recognize people for their skills and talent. Employees are paying the price for poor judgement and poor execution at the top.


  10. Great legacy, still good people, need to broaden and modernize

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredible engineering depth in many areas -- obviously more true in networking related products, but there are very strong people in many parts of the company. The engineering / product side (CDO) is a kind place - they legitimately try to do the right things the right way. Most senior management (SVP and above) is very competent.

    Cons

    Promotion and growth opportunities for the rank and file are too few, with forced stack-ranking creating dis-incentives to the largest proportion of engineers (who are not deemed top 10%). Constant spin-in process for new and next-generation platforms from a very small cadre of (admittedly very talented) folks leads to morale issues in teams left to focus on legacy platforms.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the offerings within the data center to include full range of infrastructure (networking and compute need storage too.. both scale-up block and file as well as scale-out). Focus on adding software for scaled deployments -- archaic CLI and SNMP must go across the board. Data Center/Cloud infrastructure platforms should be combined with full-stack IAAS and PAAS for both on-premises and SP offerings.


  11. Sales Support Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great learning experience with a young environment

    Cons

    not much opportunity for growth



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