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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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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.  

    Great Company with leading technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Progressive
    Open to ideas
    Great people

    Cons

    If you don't like large companies, don't apply.
    Need to enjoy working across matrix environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lots to learn, motivated people, great benefits

    Cons

    Work Life balance and frequent promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please promote more frequestly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Technology Company leading the world in Unified Communications and Networking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Cisco Systems has the ability to quickly produce and market the state of the art in technology. Cisco provides their employees the opportunity to gain certification in these technologies increasing a persons future job prospects and making them a sought after resource at many companies.

    Cons

    Cisco needs a little more focus on investing long term in their software strategy. Because the technology for cloud is now coming from open source, grassroots communities Cisco has not yet decided on the best path to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more central governance regarding the cloud strategy and long term investment in current cloud software platforms offered by the company.

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  5.  

    Saving the internet of today

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work with smart intelligent people, who are equally as devoted to make the product better is a always a pleasure. Working in a DevOps culture, owning the product end to end and making sure its scalable and performant all come with challenges but good challenges to have.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, been here just over 3 years and enjoying everyday of my work still. Not many people can say that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider compensation and growth to enable the teams to be self sufficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very good working environment with friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Facilities could be improved and other office of Cisco has fantastic facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some thinking on Facility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best days are behind it. Now reverting to the mean.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Has to be the ability to work from home, and just get on with the work.

    Cons

    - Sales culture: sales is very powerful and gets its way a lot of the time. As a result you're prevented from doing your job properly. For example, project managers can't exercise change control, because it'll upset the customer, and therefore potential future sales!

    - pay: if you're a worker you don't get pay increases or promotions. It's the managers who get the promotions.

    - job security: routers and switches had their heyday in the 90s, so now Cisco has to reduce its cost base, which means layoffs.

    - Poor management: most managers are routing and switch guys, so that's the work they go after. They can't do the managed services like Ericsson, Nokia and IBM, etc. Net result is the type of projects are poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to be assessed by the people they manage, so the bad managers get removed from the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales driven culture but always fast moving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Business Development Manager

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Flexibility is number one for most employees. No real necessity to be office based more than is required for meetings and occasional team events. Remote working whether in another Cisco office or at home has become the norm.

    Cons

    More politics as a result of being a bigger company. Layoffs are too much of an annual event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what Cisco is good at. Don't feel the need to re-organise all the time.

  9.  

    Great people, challenging organisation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Enthusiastic coworkers, some very capable
    Good benefits and flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Product direction unclear and frequently changing
    Poor integration of acquisitions leading to technical silos and isolation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your existing customers as well as trying to woo new prospects
    Break down the silos, encourage collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    American-centric corporate politics shows the worst of command-and-control organisation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, very competitive salaries, wide range of directions available in a big company. As a well established high-tech company Cisco attracts top talent with a great benefits package. On the whole Cisco looks after its employees and provides good facilities.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to innovate, corporate politics, demoralizing business model. Being head-quartered in the USA, Cisco has a very American approach, and it is difficult to influence company direction or progress through the corporate ladder without spending time working in San Jose. Working in the UK often means calls and conferences well into the evening, long hours, and a heavy impact on your personal-life. The company acquires businesses with large market-shares and then implements cost savings, this results in missed opportunities to grow markets and innovate and a feeling of not being engaged with the market or end-customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cisco is heavily siloed into the regular corporate domains of finance, HR, sales, and engineering. This gives the "Business Units" (BU) very little authority to do the right thing for their market and ultimately in many missed opportunities. Cisco should give the General Managers, who head the BUs, more authority over the levers of the business to match the accountability they have for Profit and Loss. Since this will weaken inter-BU cohesiveness upper management should then focus on fostering strategic aliances between Business Units and Technology Groups rather than trying continually to introduce bottom-up changes as it does today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to grow your career or be a high performing individual contributor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New Bedfont, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New Bedfont, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and supports involvement in community projects. Fast paced driving innovation with huge capability. After 20 years in IT and 6 months at Cisco, deffinately the right move. Still market leading.

    Cons

    Such a vast portfolio capability to get your head around. Buts that's not a bad thing. Very process driven as you would expect from such a giant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to walk the talk and improve go to market talk track around business outcomes we actually impact and quantify.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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