Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer IV

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Work life balance. 2. Decent benefit and health insurance. 3. Invest on office facility improvement.

    Cons

    1. Too much politics inside company daily operation. 2. Engineering department is getting less and less ethnic diversity 3. Low compensation on people staying longer.

    Advice to Management

    1. Be fair to direct report. 2. Help others to grow. Have the heart to let people even grow over. 3. Create a respect and helping each other working environment.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Old boy network

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great remote working, large organization

    Cons

    management by clique verse performance, death by powerpoint, remote working gone too far

    Advice to Management

    stale management, nothing innovative


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good to start , Move on

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart engineers, lot of learning opportunities, some great internal employee groups

    Cons

    Extremely political environment, cronyism, management lacks leadership, promotion is not necessarily merit based and uneven distribution of workload and type of work

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more hands on, promote a culture of ethical work and not numbers driven, promote sincere engineer cooperation and knowledge sharing, promotion should be merit based, understand different personalities and what motivates employees, define clear path for further development and follow up on it. Be honest and smart to separate the hard worker bees from the smooth talking ones.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    As market share dives - a place to avoid

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get to work with some good technology before it is moved to India.

    Cons

    As our market share falls and our profits dive, products and projects are being moved off shore to India. Number one goal stated by senior management is to increase the amount of turnover. 96% of new hires under the age of 30 and most are hired directly out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure why there has to be 6 directors for one product line. Hanging on to legacy product architecture makes for a complicated less robust product. Is outsourcing to india the only way for the division to remain solvent?


  6. Helpful (1)

    Real lack of communication due to politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Always plenty of work to be done.

    Cons

    The politics are insane. There's a lack of communication at all levels, and multiple groups are often working on competing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the middle management politics.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Senior Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Perks, Easy Life

    Cons

    Too big, management sucks, too much politics, no decisions

    Advice to Management

    Fire the management team


  8. Helpful (9)

    Collaboration Group at Cisco has a lot of dysfunction

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    IMPORTANT - Different divisions within Cisco are vastly different from one another, my advice is to make sure you know if a GlassDoor review is relevant to the job that you are applying to. I work in the Collaboration Technology Group (CTG) which includes WebEx, TelePresence, IP Phones, Jabber and Spark (aka Project Squared). The Pro's of CTG are: (1) Typically your co-workers are great people. My immediate team, for example, is one of the top group of peers I've had in my whole career. They are smart, qualified and everyone cares about each other (2) The Collaboration Group has some really interesting products, there is a very good chance you'll work on something that is relevant and that you'll be proud to have on your resume (3) Cisco offers great benefits. I can almost guarantee you won't find a company that can beat what you get for being a full time employee (Medical, flexible work, 401k matching, etc)

    Cons

    The con's of working within the Collaboration Group: (1) At the VP and Director level Cisco is competitive and tumultuous, more so than any company where I've worked in 20+ years. In the last 5 years there have been 4 different Senior Vice Presidents and with each change there has been a lot of churn and changing of priorities. (2) There is a ton of in-fighting between groups (aka BUs or business units). Basically every Director and VP is incented to compete against ever other Director and VP for budget, resources, attention from executives & the sales force, etc). While this sounds normal for a large corporation, the stakes are high. Winners build set their own agedas and losers can not control their own products and often are subject to yearly layoffs. The bottom line is almost none of the teams are rowing in the same direction, rather everyone competes against each other. (3) Most importantly Cisco has a yearly layoff. Every July/August for the last 6 years the company lays off a large number of people. In that time the company has laid off more than 20,000 people and yet the number of employees is larger than ever. I've seen entire product teams get cut when other teams could sorely use the talented people that were let go. I know someone who got an Outstanding yearly review (which is only given to 6% of people at Cisco), and he was laid-off just a week later. Normally you think of a large company as being more stable than a small one, but Cisco is not at all stable (4) It's very hard at all levels to move up at Cisco. If you are a manager who wants to become a director it's very difficult, the best way to be a director at Cisco is to be at a company that Cisco buys. If you are a Tech Lead who wants to become a Senior Tech Lead the competition is fierce - I know several engineers that have been trying for years to make the next step.

    Advice to Management

    If there's one thing executive management could do to improve things it would to end the policy of yearly layoffs. It's ridiculous that they would allow such a corrosive practice to continue, it ruins moral and any belief that the company is on the right track.


  9. Senior Technical Lead

    Current Employee - Technical Leader II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Some groups which are spun based on acquisitions, still maintain startup culture. Work here can be challenging and also satisfying based on the product you work on.

    Cons

    Due to its large size and with different groups have varying profitability, all engineers are treated with same yardstick when it comes to compensation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I am just a number

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Controller in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, balance, benefits, employee activities, opportunity to change roles internally

    Cons

    Manual and inefficient processes, politics, slow to change, too many redundancies, no sense of making a difference or contributing, no career path, limited process documentation, job rotations occur too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Value and listen to your employees, simplify systems and processes, give merit increases, get rid of excess human capital


  11. very slow to get promoted and salary increased

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benifits is OK. The location is OK, not too crowd

    Cons

    no promotion or salary change no matter how hard you work



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