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  1.  

    Lots of bureacracy

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

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

    Pros

    * Laid back work environment
    * Very flexible work location and hours
    * Good availability for remote work
    * Good visibility to upper management

    Cons

    * Lots of bureacracy/business processes that prevent fast iteration of product development
    * Very slow about giving raises
    * hard to get raises
    * Promotions aren't directly tied to raises;
    * Salary for specific levels tend to be lower than at similar positions at other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Once was a good place

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance can be OK with a good Manager. Cisco still is a Global leader, the CEO's vision of the Internet of things was correct and he was ahead of his time. There are some good managers and V.P.'s. The benefits are decent. Ability to work from home and flexible work hours can be good. Some smart people there.

    Cons

    Not much of a promotion path, Too much politics. Cisco wants to be the best IT company, but they do not offer the best pay, The HR system and review system are not helpful. The acquisitions and mergers have been anything but smooth. IT is was to complex and bureaucratic. The benefits, food, and pay are not on par with many other companies. I worked there years and watched very few people get promoted. If you hit some big milestones and worked at Cisco long enough you where given glass balls (no joke) as a thanks for your dedication and hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved Cisco when I first started there, I was so inspired by our CEO and leadership team. John has a great vision and is a very skilled communicator. However, things changed over time, there were misses, Flip should have been the leader and could have become GoPro. Many of the acquisitions did not fit in well with the core. John had the vision but often lacked on how to take advantage of it. My leadership team often could not promote anyone.
    The CEO should be more considerate and thoughtful and less greedy. He refers to employees as "the Cisco Family"
    Yet on the same day that employees are handed out pink slips due to restructuring it come out in the news that John Chambers is getting an 80% raise and a huge bonus on top of that. Many of the employees dreamed of just getting an 8% raise.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Growth but good benefits and work-life balance

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    * Work-life balance, benefits, gym, Child-care (bright horizons one is fantastic)
    * If you are smart you can align yourself with the smart ones and learn quite a bit
    * Every project is global in nature
    * Technology - global cell phone access, global weber access, ability to work form anywhere culture

    Cons

    * Pay, pay, pay.... especially if you are a long timer... no increments unless you threaten to quit and bring a offer
    * You will stagnate once you enter, so consider quitting and coming back as the only way to get promoted and get a salary hike
    * Politics ...Politics...Politics .... some of the worst people i have worked with many lacking ethics
    * Absolutely NO promotions but your management will lie about it... so don't go with that expetation
    * some VP's openly admit that they follow the burn and churn policy
    * No respect for the individual's career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * No advice because it will fall on deaf years
    * My advice to you - go there if you are going to have kids or are past your prime and are looking for a 9-5 job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    it is just ok. ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    a lot of politicians working for this co.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take less meeting, care more about the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    old school company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Let me think for a while....

    Cons

    Too many to even begin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs an infusion of awe inspiring leaders.

  7.  

    Best Company, I ever worked for

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Management, Culture, Work ethics.
    It is the best place I ever worked. The team and also higher management is the best.

    Cons

    None.
    There is nothing to be advised by me. I am so very happy the way things panned out for me at Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Depends on where you end up

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, good training, average pay.

    Cons

    passive-agressive and political environment. overall, too sales-focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with good benefits

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Company has a vision of where it wants to be in the next 5-10 years

    Cons

    Growth opportunties are slow to come by

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Political, and much to much Middle Management

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Work From Home remotely, collaborate with others extensively.

    Cons

    People are over committed and unresponsive to meeting timelines and performing the work that they are responsible to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Senior Management is to get involved at a lower level in the org chart with the people who are customer facing and solve the issues and challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    CISCO System and all the contract positions within there group makes for a tough environment

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, perfect reputation lots of resources and hard working people. Company cares about their employees and their development

    Cons

    For a communications company there is allot of miss communication and confusion with resources and getting established.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is more important that all the need bells and whistles you offer. Employees like to know what is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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