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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
5,622 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fusionone

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Office culture is good. Provided good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunities. Slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more certain parts of business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible Experience that provide significant growth opportunity and reward.

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Leadership, Training, Opportunity, Benefits

    Cons

    Trying to seek employment with Cisco again, but as with many large companies its difficult to obtain attention of the recruiters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Best days are behind it. Now reverting to the mean.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Has to be the ability to work from home, and just get on with the work.

    Cons

    - Sales culture: sales is very powerful and gets its way a lot of the time. As a result you're prevented from doing your job properly. For example, project managers can't exercise change control, because it'll upset the customer, and therefore potential future sales!

    - pay: if you're a worker you don't get pay increases or promotions. It's the managers who get the promotions.

    - job security: routers and switches had their heyday in the 90s, so now Cisco has to reduce its cost base, which means layoffs.

    - Poor management: most managers are routing and switch guys, so that's the work they go after. They can't do the managed services like Ericsson, Nokia and IBM, etc. Net result is the type of projects are poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to be assessed by the people they manage, so the bad managers get removed from the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very good working environment with friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Facilities could be improved and other office of Cisco has fantastic facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some thinking on Facility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    lot of Flexibility in work and nice Initial compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    1) Initially good compensation but then yearly hikes are pathetic
    2) Work from Home option is the one of the best privilege
    3) Freedom while doing your task but not much of learning ( you have to take initiative to learn new things)
    4) Good work culture and opportunity to wok with talented people

    Cons

    Not Good yearly hikes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should take care of employees by giving them good hikes and retaining talented people. They must also make sure that employee should not get monotonous work which can be achieved by shuffling the assigned work in regular intervals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice work from home policy.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Layoff happy. Spread too far geographically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire then announce layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good Work culture but needs improvement

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    - Supportive coworkers
    - Understanding management
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Very little career growth, get stuck in one role without much training or advancement of career
    - A lot of miscommunication and red tape to go through to get work done as well as lack of proper processes in place
    - Advancement and more visibility on employees who "talk more and do less"
    - No clear direction of Organization
    - No appreciation for work that gets done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment, decent benefits and pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Working with colleagues who are smart
    Great pay
    Great benefits
    Recognition for performance

    Cons

    Work life balance is a hit and miss

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cisco Systems Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Company culture is good, engineer and non engineers respect each other and can have fun together.
    Company events and healthcare adequate.
    There is 401K match.
    My pay was at market. But others i heard from Engineers claim they are lower than market.

    Cons

    Many reorg's and in my organization new management every 2 years.
    New management many times never had any success in their previous product lines took credit and funds from the projects/products that are making the profit, because the new managements are in the old boys club, and who you know.
    Quite some politics when new management comes in, they want their people in charge, which is understandable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the management you chosen be accountable for their actions and product results. Including the Directors and VP's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to have on your resume

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good salary, work-life balance, opportunities for training, car allowance, nice colleagues, great range of solutions.

    Cons

    Leadership team too full of itself. Also lot of politics, salary probably a touch below what competition pays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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