Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
5,130 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 630 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 182 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 165 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cisco might be a good company for an inexperienced engineer to start the career, but not a place to stay there longer

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

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

    Pros

    This company would hire inexperienced, newly graduated college students, and gives them the chance to choose groups and teams to work with.

    Cons

    In Cisco, half of people are contributing, and half of others are blocking others from contributing to company. There are various internal wars. Some people survive there well only by complimenting other than contributing. Also, some technical leaders don't qualify for their jobs, and they twist other developers to follow their ideas to earn credits for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified persons to be managers, technical leaders, and developers, and open channels to listen low-level developers' opinions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Able to learn/work on the latest technology.

    Cons

    Like any large companies, it's hard to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good work-life balance.

  3.  

    The end of an era?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    -Some of the smartest people work here.
    -Cisco strives to be an inclusive and collaborative environment, and mainly achieves it.
    -Solid compensation
    -Solid benefits

    Cons

    -Highly political
    -Executive management has mis-read the future tea-leaves in the industry and is now racing to catch-up
    -Executive management is more focused on holding onto their high paying jobs through babysitting their positions rather than being being bold and leading Cisco out of the current storm.
    -Lack of leadership and infighting is causing slowdowns and extended releases of critical new capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The days of market dominance are over. We are threatened on many fronts. Now is not the time to be timid. Be bold, take risks, and lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, brand and product

    Cons

    Repeated cuts in opex was a drag

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to start a career out of College. Do not expect to last more than 10 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer III in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to find additional positions of interest within the company
    * Stable workforce so long as you are not involved in a 'fringe' technology team being phased out
    * Generous opportunity to find other positions if restructuring requires, and generous package in lieu of another position if you so choose

    Cons

    Slow to move into some newer technologies, though rapidly changing that attitude this past year
    Yearly lay-offs are draining morale. Engineering is viewed as a cost center, so engineering is being marginalized by getting less of the bonus pot of money than some other areas in the corporation. We're not sure where this will lead Cisco in the future as it has traditionally been based on technology advancement. It might end up in very dark places for an engineer based in the USA.

    The best benefits (restricted stock options, for example) are reserved for only the top 5 or 10% of employees. This is stratifying the environment, and a culture of severe envy is building. As an engineer, obtaining the top 5% can be counter intuitive. Technical excellence helps, but political connections are most important. This is anathema to a typical engineer.

    As an engineer, the advancements of salary and title are now extremely limited. The upside to this is most of the engineers achieve excellent work-life balance since there is little benefit to working too hard.

    All of the above started changing sharply in 2008. Before that, it was a very different story. Many engineers are mourning the loss of a once great Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to solicite customer and Cisco partner input as to recommended changes to sales and support model to make it easier to do business with Cisco. Listen and continue to provide end to end solutions involving industry standards. Provide more open APIs / SDKs to qualified vendors to expand opportunities for 3rd party companies to integrate seamlessly into the Cisco architecture as new technologies are rapidly rolled out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exceptional Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    High calibre team, visionary leadership, excellent benefits, and strong community involvement along with above average pay make Cisco a great place to work.

    Cons

    As with any large company, navigating to do internal problem-solving can be a challenge. Employees are always under tremendous pressure to deliver results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time worrying about internal reporting, and invest more time on the client and the results will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work but be careful and up to date

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work
    Work life balance
    flexibility in timings
    work from home

    Cons

    you never know when u get "let go" as lay offs are very frequent and common
    you never know when the project that you are working in , is trashed and the whole team is laid off.
    slight politics is there.
    I have seen my colleagues getting fired even after having good ratings.
    slightly less salary in comparison with competitors
    Less learning more meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cisco salaries are very competitive, but they are not into innovation with anything other than communications.

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

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Morale is frequently very low because Cisco has a long history of acquiring companies and gutting them of personnel that doesn't fit their image of culture they would like to project. They actively participate in age discrimination and justify it with their "Restructuring" which happens nearly every year. To fight this is too costly to the average person, so they get away with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a new division under-performs, it is because you don't want to be bothered with taking an active part in management to ensure good standards and practices are being adhered to. You would just rather wait and gut the division if it doesn't magically perform how you hoped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work life balance but very hard to progress to a new role.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    ability to work from home once a week
    people are great
    building looks very modern and very spacious with desks etc

    Cons

    hard to progress....not alot of rotation unless grad
    alot of roles moving o shared service so jobs are being cut
    too many managers been there too long

  11.  

    Company with good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity.
    Low salary compared to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade to industry compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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