Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 4, 2015
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  1. Cisco is rejuvenated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Operations in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a market leader in all categories it competes. Work and exposure is global providing a range of challenges to tackle. Culture is strong and the leadership fosters talent development

    Cons

    The company is 75000 employees and can be intimidating to new starters. The business in which Cisco competes is heavily GDP dependent and as the tech sector goes, so goes Cisco.


  2. Cisco

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work/life balance, work from home

    Cons

    Process-driven, yearly restructuring, dated campus


  3. Test Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company has very good work environment , team members approach every issue with positive mindset and lots to new things to learn everyday Good place to work with for anyone.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult since the competition is really high with all skilled people in your team. You should be careful about lay offs as it is very common.


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  5. Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Do not have too much workload.

    Cons

    Not challenging, no innovative ideas.


  6. Awesome place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work option Work/Life Balance All other perks you would expect from a fortune 500 company

    Cons

    Promotion difficulties - unfortunately the loudest folks gets promoted :(

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale promotions


  7. What you would expect from a large corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice salary and benefits. Decent place to work if you find a group that fits your career goals.

    Cons

    Can end up working lots of hours. Some groups seem to think everything is urgent. Management doesn't seem to trust engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about leadership and innovation. Display leadership. Everyone knows that Cisco purchases innovation via acquisitions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work!

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to work on new technologies.

    Cons

    Outlook towards the networking giant is on a downward spiral.


  9. Ratings

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really good work. get to work on core networking/distributed systems/system software. hands on experience with lot of machines available at any time. you get a mac book :)

    Cons

    not much really, the team i'm working on has a really hard deadlines and hence we always work in a crunch mode. Otherwise, things are really nice!

    Advice to Management

    more organized, better definition of what is being delivered to the customer and understanding of strategies.


  10. Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    So far no good at all.

    Cons

    The company has crazy layoff.


  11. Program Management Office

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager PMO in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager PMO in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, learning opportunity and networking experience

    Cons

    Typical Big company- red tape, hierarchical



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