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Cisco Systems Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.8 19 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(10 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHuge amount of resources
    Long term career opportunities are available
    Good compensation

    ConsLimited to networking technology
    Promotions are a bit slow
    Bonuses are stingy compared to other large companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus on expanding to other technical areas (services, software)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor. Turf wars galore.

    Senior Manager Development (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsTraining. Breadth of possible positions and departments.

    ConsDefending your opinions across silos.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosgreat place to meet other people for next career

    Consmany of the managers are horrible

    Advice to Senior Managementplese please develop friendly culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Perfect employer

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCompany which is creating the world of technology

    ConsToo many restrictions and procedures

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo be more open to changes and realize specific of local markets

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Senior User Experience Designer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSince we own WebEx, I get to telecommute from San Francisco the majority of the time. The people I work with a extremely smart with very few jerks. There is a fantastic life/work balance and the benefits are excellent. The projects are very interesting and the impact your work has is global.

    ConsThis is a very engineering driven company. There is a lot of lip-service given to the "importance of UE design" but the reality continues to fall waaaaayyyyyy short. There is not a design team approach- instead, individuals are assigned to products and become domain expert "slaves" as they become the expert on a product. This makes for very little movement in new work assignments. It is rare to be able to collaborate with fellow designers. Instead, you are usually the lone designer working with a single product manager (usually an ex-engineer) and a bunch of engineers. Cisco is still learning how to move from hardware-only to a more healthy mix of SaaS and hardware.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to invest in the creation of a true front-end programming team (located here in the USA, on the same floor as the UE and visual design team. They would work hand-in-hand with your UE and visual design teams to code the front-end pages so that hard-core engineers are not struggling to do so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExposure to cutting edge thinking

    ConsLess facetime with manager than is optimum

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Operations Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSignificant transitions, not always well timed

    ConsSignificant transitions, not always well timed, question relevance in new markets.. Beyond plumbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver clear, concise mission, vision

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cisco Systems

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsMany different areas of the business to choose to work
    The stock price can only go up
    Overall big effort to manage the satisfaction of the employees

    ConsSilos and politics
    Lack of direction pushed down through the ranks
    IT group is overpowering

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    A very great place to work, it feels like a company that cares even though it is a large company

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAn excellent yearly review system that results in an impressive bonus. Management is accesible and each year you have an opportunity to have a lunch with the CEO (and many others with the same birthday of the month) and ask him a question if you want to. Egronimic services are available to customize your desk if that is what you need.

    Consthere could be more effort to compete with the tech start ups in providing a more interesting workplace. The offices are a bit drab.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it is a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Proscompetitive carrier opportunity, bright carrier development chances. good learning, fast progress, is possible here.management is also very good. worthy.

    Consit is a very big company, cisco systems.like every big company here too we are expected to work fast.

    Advice to Senior Managementcisco systems company is good company. they take care of their employees. the employees should be given chances for progress .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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