Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
5,194 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 639 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 356 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 183 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 167 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Review

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

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

    Pros

    Very Family friendly, flex time.

    Cons

    No Cons I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Lisbon (Portugal)

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

    Pros

    The culture and strategy is really a differentiated other companies I worked for. We really felt part of a big family.
    The benefits and compensation are really great. Definitely a company that help you grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Pressure to get results fast and sometimes it's difficult to put in place the company strategy.
    The company is in a real transformation that might cause instability on some type of job roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the management layers and give more empowerment to the employees to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Use to be the best place to work, now horrible

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Use to be great and pretty good layoff packages

    Cons

    Use to be great. Now nothing but layoffs and promises of more layoffs. Moral has crashed and the work environment has turned super negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the old company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a very famous company. Your resume gains weight after working here. Company env is very relaxed mostly. As long as you do your work on time , you should be ok. Work from home is a given.

    Cons

    Make sure you move from one department to another department quickly i.e. 2 to 3years at most. Otherwise you may get stagnant. Be ready for those layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more technology savvy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome work environment and work culture. Learning curve is steep.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cisco Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    I do not have any cons about this job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, and lots of works! Definitely becoming a more hip & young kind of company.

    Cons

    Some people within the company can get incredibly competitive which may take away from the collaborative aspects of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome company to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, work life balance, world class office facilities, always looking for innovation

    Cons

    Old company has old code which needs to be maintained. If you are not lucky, you will end up maintaining and fixing bugs in shipped code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the innovation going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software II Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great orientation, very good mentor programs help you grow up fast. Very nice managers.

    Cons

    Expensive rents nearby the cisco campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope to give some on campus rooms in the future. lol, but now necessary.

  11.  

    Great culture and fantastic internship.

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was able to contribute to many different projects and gain plenty of valuable experience.
    Culture is awesome and was able to speak with executives on multiple occasions.
    Pay is competitive with other companies in the area.

    Cons

    A little too much hand holding as an intern especially at the beginning of the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorter orientation and quicker on boarding process, otherwise keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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