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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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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.  

    Contractor positions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Different projects got different learning and experience

    Cons

    No PTO specific, medical you could get from spouse.. Not necessary paid better then employee..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible and respectful to contractors

  2.  

    A good company to work for, though not great like it once was

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

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

    Pros

    One of the things that I liked the most about working at Cisco is that you are usually working with some very smart and talented people. The majority of my coworkers were great people to work with, were excited when faced with new challenges and liked to get things done.

    Good benefits
    Generous severance package
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Massive annual layoffs

    Executive management in denial that Cisco is one of those companies that regularly has layoffs

    The company is now run by bean counters and is forcing departments to move towards a "service" model. That means that you need a budget to get even the smallest tasks accomplished. It was once easy to pull together a team and get things accomplished. The employees still want to do this, but they are now forced to ask where the funding will come from.

    Too much outsourcing of critical functions to people that don't fully understand the consequences of their actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the move towards a service model. This makes collaboration between departments very difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not the old Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is still good. Dominant market share.

    Cons

    No such thing as job security. Top performers routinely hit with LRs. The yearly Layoffs are jokingly referred to internally as the Hunger Games. What appears to be a focused effort to actively "move people out" of the company that are "more experienced." that probably crosses the line into age discrimination. I've gone from being one of the company's biggest supporters to someone that would/will jump ship as soon as I find another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efficiency starts with the executive management making swift, clear decisions. Stop emphasizing that we need to improve our execution. We actually execute very well. However, time to market is not helped if we spend 3 months developing something after spending 6 months trying to decide if we do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great talent, but stagnant execution for several years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    some of the most talented people in the industry, particulary if you are network engineer. extremely flexible work-life balance adopting work-from-home. good pay.

    Cons

    unclear guidelines from management, lots of bureaucracy and limited manoeuvrability, has a bunch of products but don't really work together as one streamlined solution no top line growth for years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time for a change, prehaps?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture and colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler's Ford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler's Ford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Challenging environment
    Great colleagues
    Very supportive in difficult times
    Able to work from home or at least flexible hours
    Good career path
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Too many restructuring in the last few years
    Too many leadership changes in the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop restructuring every year and stop changing leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Company to Work For

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of work life. Autonomy and flexibility. Empowerment and egalitarianism. Liberal telecommuting policy. Compensation.

    Cons

    Somewhat bloated managerial structure. IMHO, many in upper levels of management perceive a need to inject complexity in order to maintain job security.

    Siloed and disconnected policy making. Central functions are continually at odds with individual business unit practices. Cisco is a great-great company that treats its employees with respect and appreciation, but leadership has difficulty executing to a clear vision, which can be frustrating and potentially demotivating. There are some very good executives and some not-so-goods (again, IMHO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as Cisco is able to maintain the bottom line for shareholders, there most likely won't be any motivation to acknowledge and address the above criticisms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company but Still Very Male Dominated

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was good company to work for while employed. Flexibility, very competitive environment, good salaries. Cisco provides you with the best resources to perform your job.

    Cons

    The constant layoffs put a ton of stress on most individuals and cause a great loss of unproductivity and disgruntlement. Also, decision on layoffs is sometimes unjust and the company does not provide a reason even to best performers which leads many to believe that there is a lot of bias and favoritism. Its a tight "buddy-buddy" system. I saw things such as an young woman who worked at a call center for less than a year get promoted to making big figure salary with no education, technical or professional background while professionals that had been with the company and established invaluable relationships with big customers got laid off for no understandable reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redefine what talent means and better govern who gets promoted and who gets laid off. Cisco is losing a lot of talent and spending a lot of money on diversity but actions contradict the initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on new and latest technology in networking world.

    Cons

    Perks are not good. Depending on which BU you work it might get hectic.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Titanic like size, manoeuvrability and perhaps destiny?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, telecommuting options. Opportunities for growth and movement limited if not located in the bay area. I worked in a very smart group of experienced talented engineers. Good place to be if you want to witness firsthand the inefficiencies of a giant engineering organization.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth and movement limited if not located in the bay area. A game of musical chairs at the VP/SVP level, new leader comes in every 12 - 18 months with big ambitions for the team, then eventually succumbs to the bureaucracy or the inter-BU politics. Did I mention the periodic layoffs ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management team needs to work on their euphemisms. Calling a layoff a ' limited restructure' or 'workforce investment' is so passe. How about 'annual plank walking' or 'quarterly iceberging' ? Please stop showing grief over having to make employees redundant - it is not personal, just business remember.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning environment but tough for advancement

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Bright people

    Cons

    Tough environment for environment since its top heavy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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