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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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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.  

    Network Consulting Engineer

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    Current Employee - NCE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NCE in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, supportive management

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are few and limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the stock above 30

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid internship experience, sounds like a decent finance rotation program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financed in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Financed in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cisco offers interns multiple social events which gave all of us a chance to get to know others outside of our organization. The internship program also provided us with mentors who were involved with the finance rotation program. Cisco greatly encouraged networking with senior directors, managers, and VPs within the finance org. These individuals were more than happy to talk with interns and share some career advice. The workload was pretty standard for an internship - I was given a summer project but by no means was overwhelmed. Cisco also offered internship extensions for those who attended college close by. Many interns are hired directly into the Financed Rotation Program after graduation.

    Cons

    Good amount of corporate BS (to be expected for a company of this size); can seem challenging to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Associate Systems Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good money and benefits as the health insurance, PTOs and flexibility.

    Cons

    As all huge corporations, it's hard to see the impact in the business and to find some positions challenging enough,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Cisco Systems

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Work life balance
    - Lots of company events

    Cons

    - No transparency
    - Long standing traditions that the company cannot change
    - Annual Layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Occasionally interesting work, no raise last 5 years I worked there.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boxborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Some interesting work.

    Cons

    Bad management. Frozen salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Cisco has excellent customer focus and interaction, and it shows in the way the products are received by customers. You feel a sense of accomplishment as you realize that the products you helped to build are helping the customers.
    Cisco has always taken care of its employees, with good benefits, excellent work-life balance and one of the best severance packages.

    Cons

    Cisco is trying to transition to a software company and doing it wrong. Sad to see it lose a lot of great engineers just because the new management (VPs...) have no idea on how to leverage the current engineers to build software products. The approach seems to be to replace them with their own followers (from wherever they come from). Many good engineers have been laid off, or left on their own. Sad to see a great company going down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have/had built a great team of engineers, and have excellent rapport with enterprise customers. Instead of running around trying to hire "SW Engineering experts" from other companies, try to transform your talent pool to build software products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    great environment to work and lot of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be a fun company, now just a big corporation

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Decent benefit, intelligent workers, great IT support dept, PTO

    Cons

    Corporation get too big, some a lot of inter-office bureaucracy, lack transparency. Some managers are more political animals than people manager, who are more interested in his/her personal gain, rather than the team growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to find someone who are competent and have the company and team's interest in heart. Also, work-life balance is very very bad. Some managers will drive engineers work overtime, and family life suffers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hardware Enginee II

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Quality work in vic team

    Cons

    pays less. Need more pay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Isnt the same

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very women friendly and great benefits

    Cons

    Declining growth opportunities for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on Promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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