Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the last remaining pro (in 666 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home when needed or desired (in 369 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is nonexistent (in 184 reviews)

  • BIG company that treats employees as interchangeable (in 170 reviews)

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  1. A Company that cares about the employees life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Richardson, TX
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cisco truly knows how to give their employees a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hiring is a long tedious process, that typically leaves area's understaffed when there is movement.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the hiring process and requisitions to not over stretch the current employees resources.


  2. Account Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well known brand in IT, Networking and Telecom industry. Very adaptive to market trends, plenty of training on new technology. Overall compensation and ESPP very competitive.

    Cons

    As the company scales there is less focus on employee development. Promotions have been tight lately.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should also focus on personal development along with reaching team goals.


  3. Strategic Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Constantly changing without much guidance

    Advice to Management

    More Transparency


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  5. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a lot of very smart people. Learn something new every day. Get training on the latest technology

    Cons

    Layoffs are becoming more common place. Somtimes meeting an overhead number is more important than the work being done by the people being let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be as transparent as possible at all times. It is stated in quarterly meetings and other smaller meetings that management is transparent, but there are always surprises when decisions are made public.


  6. Great culture, smart people and awesome benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and salaries are market competitive. You get to work with some very smart people in the industry.

    Cons

    Being a big company, you have politics. Projects are staffed with more people than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Go leaner and embrace agile.


  7. Great Company

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

    Pros

    Very large, good salary, easy work

    Cons

    Very large, things happen in slow motion

    Advice to Management

    Hire me


  8. Helpful (2)

    3 Years at Cisco Systems as Systems Engineer.Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work opportunities! I love being able to work remote which helps me balance my work life overall. Leadership very supportive of this.

    Cons

    Scope of work can be larger than someone might be used to in a previous job. You are the one in control to build your career so it’s important to learn to maneuver through the company for exposure

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people, return their commitments and invest in their talents or you will loose what others admire most about Cisco!


  9. Great benefits and working environment. Unfortunately, over a decade of employee loyalty is not well reciprocated.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great benefits, good people to work with, diverse job opportunities

    Cons

    When Cisco decides to trim budget, long-time employee tenure, loyalty and history of good/exceptional performance may not keep you employed. While Cisco values employee loyalty and high performance, the company does not return the favor during what has become annual layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the bottom line when hiring younger, lower skilled, cheaper workforce to replace good performers that are loyal to the company and work hard, but have been with the company long enough to make a good salary.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall good company but low morale becoming an issue

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-like balance Remote work Management focused on new markets and technology

    Cons

    Annual layoffs kill morale Salary increases not regular

    Advice to Management

    The annual layoffs are killing morale. There is some hypocrisy in telling employees how valuable they are, and then announce a "limited restructuring" every August. Employees then have to worry if they're gonna get axed in October. It's an empty feeling being told you aren't affected, and then learning co-workers who have been affected. It's becoming an internal joke every August when deliverables come up and hearing someone say, "if I'm still here". Please stop doing this.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Contractor but feel almost like an employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a great deal of flexibility in the department I work in.No Micro Managers around you to hinder your progress. You learn a great deal in networking ,industry technologies and Cisco products ofcourse. I love the culture of putting family first in their attitude and I work under a manager who walks his talk.

    Cons

    They cut back every year even in profitable teams/departments. They expect one to learn a lot of technologies to do their job in a little less time than one can handle.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cuts and hire the contractors. Settle your employees so they don't feel intimidated every year by the job cuts. To bring back the Cisco Mojo start by supporting the employees.



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