Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated February 6, 2015
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  1. Great culture, smart people and awesome benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Richardson, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Go leaner and embrace agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very large, good salary, easy work

    Cons

    Very large, things happen in slow motion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    3 Years at Cisco Systems as Systems Engineer.Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Richardson, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great benefits and working environment. Unfortunately, over a decade of employee loyalty is not well reciprocated.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Richardson, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall good company but low morale becoming an issue

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Richardson, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful

    Contractor but feel almost like an employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in Richardson, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Big ideas but poor leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Cisco has great big ideas such as Internet of Things, become #1 IT company, video will drive bandwidth usage, etc. Cisco does great job of marketing the big ideas.

    Cons

    Management has done a very poor job to engage employees. This creates an environment where employees are not giving their best efforts to accomplish the big ideas. Another major con is the lack of promotions. Promotions just don't occur with any frequency. Salary increases (just for cost of living) don't happen. Also, there is a yearly workforce reduction that occurs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a layer of middle management that needs to be replaced. Many of the reviews indicate that Chambers needs to be replaced;That isn't the problem. The problem is the lower/middle level managers that can't execute the vision. Many of these managers were great engineers but not good at creating team level strategy or engaging with their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to work if you can survive the seemingly annual "restructuring"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High Touch Operations Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - High Touch Operations Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Contractors replacing regular employees at an alarming rate. Culture being erased by a slew of new policies enacted to stay competitive. Perks are also disappearing or becoming more restrictive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop course correcting every year and focus on doing what you do best . Annual layoffs do not instill confidence that executive management knows which direction they are steering the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company, Trying to Establish Itself as IT Leader

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

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

    Pros

    Willing to invest in employee development/training. Endless opportunities to get involved in wide range of projects. Ability to work with people all across the globe. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    Remote working environment allows for flexibility, however it makes it difficult to gain exposure. Many Director-level and above individuals are 10+ years at the company, makes it difficult to implement change and bring about fresh ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Many Years at Cisco

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home is a tremendous plus.
    Do enjoy working with and for my customers.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for women in many areas. Cisco talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Many older male bosses or leaders pretend to support women in public but in actuality are either disparaging, talk over you or just ignore you.
    Layoffs every year cause panic and discontent.
    No raises - even if you work very hard and accomplish much and your reviews are consistently high, the pay increases are just not there. Better negotiate a good starting pay because spending a long time at Cisco, does not reward strong talent.
    CEO receives an 80% raise yet excellent/outstanding employees are given minimal or no raises.
    Yearly reorganizations but no opportunities. Employees remain in their jobs for years and even decades because there is nowhere to go! Management just shuffles people around and most times, it's difficult to understand their reasoning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with your employees and treat them well or one day, you'll wake up and realize that you've destroyed a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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