Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
4,907 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Watch out for layoff announcement..

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, you learn a lot of things and enjoy working with highly talented people. It has got a great culture. WFH available.

    Cons

    Lay-offs every year, sort of less work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be - not sure if it is for the better (though I hope so as a stock holder :-) )

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    Former Employee - Senior Tech Lead  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable company, very strong infrastructure & processes, challenging work, exciting projects, wonderful co-workers & team environment (may be from sharing the pain together), competitive compensation, very strong work ethic (a requirement for success here).

    Cons

    Confrontational environment, unrealistic expectations from engineers and teams, project success at any cost, treats vendors poorly, slow personal growth as company is stagnating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent management shuffle at top really makes life difficut down in the trenches. Often things change before the results from the last change is even clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    review how cisco is doing these days

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good networking company to work for these days

    Cons

    going downhill as a company.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A relentless drive to marginalize engineers

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader I  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    A standard set of benefits that work. Good health insurance, life insurance and 401k benefits. Most departments provide the opportunity for highly flexible hours.

    Cons

    Yearly lay-offs are draining morale. Engineering is viewed as a cost center, so engineering is being marginalized by getting less of the bonus pot of money than some other areas in the corporation. We're not sure where this will lead Cisco in the future as it has traditionally been based on technology advancement. It might end up in very dark places for an engineer based in the USA.

    The best benefits (restricted stock options, for example) are reserved for only the top 5 or 10% of employees. This is stratifying the environment, and a culture of severe envy is building. As an engineer, obtaining the top 5% can be counter intuitive. Technical excellence helps, but political connections are most important. This is anathema to a typical engineer.

    As an engineer, the advancements of salary and title are now extremely limited. The upside to this is most of the engineers achieve excellent work-life balance since there is little benefit to working too hard.

    All of the above started changing sharply in 2008. Before that, it was a very different story. Many engineers are mourning the loss of a once great Cisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being disingenuous with regards to engineering employment at Cisco.

    Reward the top 10%, but also share with the core employees who do the actual work. Stop cutting out the core. The corporation has plenty of money to share but has chosen not to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Observed from inside of Cisco Systems.

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Networking, building appliances, embedded systems.

    Cons

    Most of the development are in C programming language. If you work there too long, you will be out of touch with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layer, don't need a reporting structure with dir-dir-dir-vp-vps... A lot of the senior management are out of touch with the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    10 years there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Most people are great to work with. Home office and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Management makes tricky decisions that really don't seem to align with the business strategy. From the outside seems like a well managed company, once you get on the inside things are completely different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees beyond the Bay Area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Once great place to work, fast becoming lame

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Smart motivated "do'ers". Great benefits. Great place to learn, with excellent education benefits which you can put to good use at your next job.

    Cons

    Annual layoffs to pander to Wall St have not made much difference to the stock in the 5 years I've been there. Recent management additions from Symantec are proving to be clueless. Bad shift in culture away from work-life balance. Very small annual increases and very little chance for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage use of company collaboration products to attract and retain experienced people. Tell new management to stop discouraging remote workers in spite of Cisco owning WebEx (how unbelievably dumb). Give more generous annual increases.

  9.  

    ok place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible hours for engineers which is good

    Cons

    bad planning overall which creates lots of chaoes

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    What happened to this place?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Still lots of smart people here but getting to be less and less every day! Some great technology and loyal customers!

    Cons

    Politics and bureaucracy get worse and worse every year. Some great leaders but some really poor leaders and it seems to take years for them to get figured out. People can hide and do nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some serious changes at the top levels!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The ever changing landscape of Cisco Are you ready for the journey?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong foundation and focused on evolving for the future. The Executive Leadership speaks of Work-Life Balance and truly cares for their employees!

    Cons

    The focus on becoming a truly global company is placing existing employees in the US on edge with concerns that to stay with Cisco will mean they need to the leave the country to retain employment.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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