Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 11, 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. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect, Hybrid Cloud Solutions in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Architect, Hybrid Cloud Solutions in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are talented and not intimidated or threatened by other talented people Cisco is a wonderful company to work for. There is a culture of collaboration and respect. Even though this is a large company, I have been given impressive freedom in making decisions around "pet" projects that would be valuable to the company and given the trust to execute on them.

    Cons

    May be some normal large corporation cons but nothing that would hamper the smart and talented.


  2. Great company but was in declining Business Unit

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

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

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

    Pros

    Well established and professional company that has been at top of their industry for a long time.. Excellent salary, benefits, bonuses and work-life balance.

    Cons

    I worked in a satellite office and communication with main office was difficult. Took longer than necessary to get decisions made.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate some decision making to lower management when time is critical; delays in decision making are a hinderance in todays Internet time-based economy.


  3. Sales driven org, with Customer focus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Consulting Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Consulting Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible schedule, lot of smart people work here!

    Cons

    Some amount of politics between various internal orgs. Strategy not unified, multiple strategies pursued at the same time so does slow down the best solution. Partners competing in the same space is very confusing to end customers.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer reorgs. Align strategy to fewer technologies


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Bad sales culture and bad first-line managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great education and training. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Culture is very office-specific and the Bellevue office was horrible. It looked like a white-men-only golf club full of rich, conservative, 50-somethings. If that doesn't describe you, be prepared for discrimination. I had bigoted coworkers target me with slander in the office and to my clients. I saw the same thing happen to others who didn't fit the mold.

    Career advancement was minimal if you're not at HQ in San Jose and getting ahead usually involved pushing others down rather than elevating everyone. Avoid this office.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at the local culture in Bellevue.


  6. Longevity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    The future is very bright.

    Cons

    Can feel to big to get stuff done.


  7. Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard
    Recognize individual talent
    Hire smart people

    Cons

    Slow to adapt Agile development methods
    Focus more on enterprise than consumers
    Sale of Linksys was a bad call - they may have not generated as much revenue as other parts of company, but it was good for the company's overall reputation

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider consumer focused business - it may not generate as much revenue as enterprise-focused opportunities but it offers an inexpensive way to keep the company in the hearts and minds of consumers.


  8. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to Cisco Products.

    Cons

    I did not like the management so much. May be it depends upon different BU`s.

    Advice to Management

    NIL


  9. Great for Enterprise, roller coaster for software or Consumer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Relaxed yet professional atmosphere. Strong focus on internal resources for career and knowledge growth.

    Cons

    As someone focused on consumer technologies I have seen multiple companies acquired and later shut down due to lack of understanding of how to merge them with Cisco's core business.

    Advice to Management

    Focus.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Cisco is a company in transition ( for the better or worse...time will tell)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company for many years with a healthy work/life balance. The company pays well with great benefits and all in all great people and great environment. Your life at Cisco can be the best experience of your working career but your life at Cisco is directly related to which division you work for. I would recommend anyone coming to Cisco to stay within their established strength core competencies and stay away from Cisco's new business ventures, as Cisco tends to drop these after a few years if they do not perform as expected taking the employees with it.

    Cons

    Company politics rather than flawless execution can be the order of the day with people spending more time on pointless conference calls and meetings then closing or developing business.The concept of employees acquiring wealth through stock is now long gone and employees are now just large company assets with a steady paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Cisco used to make fun of the Nortels and Lucents as these large companies unable to execute. While Nortel and Lucent are now names in the past, Cisco has now grown up and will become just like them unless you bring back the Cisco culture that got you here in the first place.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Cisco is a very volatile organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, nice equipment, work from home options

    Cons

    Very volatile organization. My experience has not been good. I work in the field so I have no ties to corporate. The organization is very large and you become just a number. I've had the two worst bosses in my life. Very unprofessional and agressive.

    Advice to Management

    Train your management. Just because they were good at their jobs at one point in time doesn't mean that makes them good managers. I would not recommend anyone to work here.



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