Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Corporate Development

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with many resources

    Cons

    Bureacracy, politics, processes, slow growth


  2. Once and future king?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with an incredible number of bright, talented, and experienced professionals. Ability to work at home (depending on the group manager). Great tools for working remotely. Four weeks PTO. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Rampant politics. Loss of clear direction. More concerned with stock value than product quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention.

    Advice to Management

    Do a thorough housecleaning at all executive levels.


  3. Customer Support

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, GA

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

    Pros

    very flexible work schedule and remote capabilities

    Cons

    many technologies and certifications become obselete

    Advice to Management

    na


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  5. nice

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    close to my home; position is good.

    Cons

    salary is not high; bonus need to be taxed


  6. Great first job out of college

    • 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work with you on your career goals wit plenty of training and guidance

    Cons

    There is not a very clear path for promotions, so far it is not clear how to achieve the next level

    Advice to Management

    My manager is doing fine, I think the team integration into a more agile way needs to happen faster


  7. Helpful (2)

    Lack of recognition

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good projects to work on with selected group. Perks are good. No other pros compare to other companies.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of appreciation, low transparency between management and employee, sometimes management stress are seen in their behavior, always existing employees are suffered when company acquire any startup

    Advice to Management

    You have vacant position for senior,lead engineer position and you have better resource working with lower position. Very demotivating for them.


  8. Cisco Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boxboro, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boxboro, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable job compared to most other companies in the tech industry. Good Bonus, RSUs, ESPP etc.

    Cons

    There is a limited focus at this job. Difficult to grow, and the company does not promote growth since there are too many managers already. A lot of managers were removed recently as a part of removing the hierarchy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Ethnic Nepotism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

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

    Pros

    good customers, great salesforce, teamwork is good in sales

    Cons

    development is a mess, rampant ethnic nepotism and incompetence

    Advice to Management

    clean house


  10. Helpful (2)

    Review of Cisco Systems from a former employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco is a great company to work for, I was fortunate enough to spend 15 great years with them. They provided me with a good severance package and great support when I was laid off.

    Cons

    I missed the "Start Up" feel and mentality that Cisco had when I first started there. While everyone talks about cross functional work and flexibility the work and hierarchy is still very siloed.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be so quick to let go of the the long time employees. We have seen and lived through the mistakes that the company has made in the past and could help in avoiding them in the future.


  11. Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Finance Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great rotation program, great collaborative team environment.

    Cons

    very stretched and very lean, less balanced compared with other roles in the company.

    Advice to Management

    enable finance employee to explore more learning opportunity to support on building stronger business acumen.



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