Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Good Gig

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Mostly smart workforce, good technology

    Cons

    Success is managed to the point that you can't do great, but won't do bad either. Big company BS. Sausage is ugly to watch being made


  2. kick the old guys out

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    new crowd of young folks to abuse

    Cons

    not much clever backtalk from older wiseguys

    Advice to Management

    you're getting older too. karma is a female dog.


  3. Senior Finance Controller

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Controller in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Controller in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seemingly unlimited resources to get work done. Cisco's motto has been - throw bodies at the problem and we'll work it out.

    Cons

    The systems are very lacking because they continually throw cheap labor at the problem versus being more efficient and solving the problem with systems.

    Advice to Management

    Stay with your strategy for more than one year. Plans seem to change every six months and the average employee gets confused by all the different and sometimes conflicting priorities.


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  5. As big companies go, not bad...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good collaboration, many sharp colleagues

    Cons

    Prepare to have anything and everything changed at a moment's notice..including comp plan, the products you sell and job function.


  6. Cisco

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent salary, bonus and RSU package

    Cons

    For the last 5 years, it seems that layoffs became an yearly rite. Growth seems to be limited.


  7. Good company to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay , Good campus facilities

    Cons

    no year on year reviews, lot of politics

    Advice to Management

    change the bell curve concept


  8. great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer IT in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer IT in Bangalore (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    excellent work life balance at CISCO

    Cons

    its a good place to work, no cons

    Advice to Management

    excellent vision, keep up the great work


  9. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership at the top of the organization. Great brand in IT, and working on brand for Line of Business. Really treat customers well with great support. We always fix their issues. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Middle management has some holes and can be over demanding. Lots of busy work. Compensation has been headed downward as company matures.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue to encourage middle management to lead and not dictate.


  10. Hardware Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, Great Values, Good benefits

    Cons

    Very hard to Grow and lot of politics

    Advice to Management

    Too many levels


  11. An amazing company with plenty of growth opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with Cisco for 3 years and I believe overall that this is an outstanding company to work for. This is the first company I have worked for that actually recognizes, values and *compensates* you for hard work. And if you prove to management your value and contributions to the overall company, they will absolutely take care of you when it comes to things such as relocation, education, and schedule flexibility. Since collaboration technologies are a huge part of the business model, there are a lot of remote work options (i.e. work from home, road, etc.) - but this depends on your exact role in the company.

    Cons

    The dreaded "work/life" balance is probably the number one complaint across Cisco employees but it is what you make of it. I know plenty of people that work at Cisco and maintain a pretty close 8-5 work schedule and are highly productive; I know others that work seemingly all hours of the day and night. It's up to you, setting the level of expectation and how efficient you are. But it is extremely easy to get very wrapped up with work and leave little time for anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Cisco has weathered the storm of numerous disruptors and market transitions over the past 30 years. To remain successful, which I have no doubt they will, they will need to continue to be aggressive on acquiring key talent, intellectual property, and not catch trends from behind (i.e. universal compute, SDN).



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