Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Project Manager - Data Center

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager - Data Center in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Project Manager - Data Center in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    The People, the Culture, Environment

    I was treated very well, and it was relatively easy to get up to speed on things

    Cons

    Tough to get in - Working there as a contractor and getting praise and great reviews yet still getting dear John letters in reply when posting for internal positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LOVED working there... One thing did jump out, they do love to promote from within which is wonderful, however, great technical people do not always make good people managers, and that did seem to happen a bit more there than other places I have been, that was only real thing I saw on occasion I would personally work more on.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Working for Cisco was a blast!

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Cheap Housing
    Educational Opportunities

    Cons

    Raleigh NC is in the middle of no where.
    Teams are artificially segregated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to solve a customers problem, I had to consult four different engineers from four different teams. Each team specialized in a specific topic while most problems are a combination of topics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great culture and engineering work groups

    Cons

    strategy currently is based on past success need to be more realistic regarding Competitive road map

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add senior level sales people and concentrate less on technical knowledge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Sr SQA Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of great People and new technology. Very Flexible work hours and work/life experience

    Cons

    Very disorganized, Management in flux all the time never stable. Upper management no longer cares about the people that do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring back the culture of empowerment by the Employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. IT Analyst

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    I on-boarded to Cisco through an acquisition. They have great benefits, a fun culture, comparable salary, and great people. Lots of opportunities to move around between jobs.

    Cons

    The benefit of being able to move around between jobs is also a downfall. No one is ever in a position long enough to become knowledgable. Things go in circles because no one is really sure what the process is or who owns it. Meeting overload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Engaging Proactive Company, Addicted on Layoffs As a Business Tool

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting engaging work with solid peers and managers. May opportunities to do something different in either bleeding edge or solid workhorse technology. Solid compensation package.

    Cons

    Too addicted to using layoffs to stay competitive instead of investing more in training and developing a learning culture like GE.

    Lost it's fun factor. Most of the fun elements once standard at Cisco, and common in many Bay Area companies are all gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your strategies for how to remain viable with the latest technology. Invest more in people vs layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Came from an acquisition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Overall experience very good. Came from an acquisition, so had to learn the Cisco culture. Does give you the ability to move across organizations.

    Cons

    Still an hardware company at heart, needs to truly adopt software talent from other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with acquisitions, but have a better process in place to fold them into the system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Former employee

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    None really not much growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more software

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Decent Pay, but high burnouts, seniors dominate the company

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Decent pay
    --Remote work
    --Good bonus, 401K plan, Health Insurance plans.
    -- Work in latest technologies

    Cons

    -- Seniors(i.e. people who stayed in the company) for years do lot of politics
    -- they juice the young chaps, project/program managers enjoy having work/life balance
    --Not high quality PMs- some PMs lack communication, negotiation and planning skills
    -- More culture specific.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Remove some old wards who are not up-todate with trends/technology
    --Keep rotating PMs and recruite/promote young PMs
    - Make sure the credit goes to the person who works, not the PMs or managers who do politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A great opportunity

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    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Tier I Telepresence Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Have a great chance of moving up, awesome resources for personal growth, cool culture and atmosphere while training and on the floor. People were always willing to help, you were not left stranded after hitting the floor.

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation, can sometimes feel like a hostile environment, not enough staff on our team, and slow to replace those laid off.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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