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Cisco Systems Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
5,596 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    Senior Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, company's brand, driven employees, flexibility, diversity

    Cons

    politics, competition, too demanding of employees, high burn out rate ( employees are expected to work and be available around the clock )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time-off politics, there is a high correlation between lack of sleep and decrease in productivity. Set the expectation so that the employees at least get enough sleep ......

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Potential but lacks the commitment, capabilities and speed to deliver

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

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

    Pros

    Wide reach. Significant expertise in networking technology. Respected brand. Incredible opportunity to deliver on a new market area.

    Cons

    But couldn't move quickly enough. Heavy on the management side. Too many cross functional committees. Significant effort spent on communication and consensus building with little results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow smaller seasoned teams to move faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chambers needs to go

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

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

    Pros

    Strong teaming environment regarding collaboration. Lots of technology at your fingertips and open to working remotely/at a distance.

    Cons

    No one lifts a finger unless they are compensated on it - and there are a lot of 'grey areas' where people aren't paid on things - so use your power of persuasion to ask for help. You can absolutely fall victim of your own success and middle mgmt will not easily allow you to promote out if you are a solid performer on their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chambers, you had a good run - time to go. You are out of touch and believe your own statements about yourself. You did NOT make that child speak for the first time after the China earthquake. you were awesome and had some good stats.....time to step down.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on expanding to other technical areas (services, software)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor. Turf wars galore.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Training. Breadth of possible positions and departments.

    Cons

    Defending your opinions across silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    great place to meet other people for next career

    Cons

    many of the managers are horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    plese please develop friendly culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to cutting edge thinking

    Cons

    Less facetime with manager than is optimum

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Operations Director

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Significant transitions, not always well timed

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deliver clear, concise mission, vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cisco Systems

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Many 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

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    An 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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