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Read what Cisco Systems employees think about diversity and inclusion at the company, and if their workforce is comprised and supportive of individuals of varying gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion and other attributes.

Cisco Systems has a diversity rating of 4.4.

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November 15, 2021

How is diversity at Cisco Systems?

Pros

Good pay, places high value on diversity and inclusion

Cons

Can be high pressure work environment

Good pay, places high value on diversity and inclusion

November 15, 2021

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September 9, 2020

Do employees talk about their political views at Cisco Systems?

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amazing leadership team, great benefits, consistent performance

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conservative budgets, need more younger talent

conservative budgets, need more younger talent

September 9, 2020

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October 20, 2020

How is race or ethnicity talked about at Cisco Systems?

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You can work from home. There is work life balance here. The benefits are good if you happen to be a FTE and not a contractor but a large percentage of the workforce works through a contracting company.

Cons

They talk about diversity but for cisco is simply means include more white women. There's very little diversity outside of H-1B visas in RTP. I worked on 2 teams and there was never more than 2 Africans Americans on the team at a time. My desk moved about 7 times and I could always stand up and count less than 3 visible African Americans on a entire floor. If you happen to be a high performing African American if you do happen to get in there will not be many opportunities for growth here. You will also likely feel undervalued most of your time here. Myself and 1 other minority on the team also had the pleasure of overhearing racial remarks at multiple team dinners which was reported where the reprimand was a quick chat. Of Course the racial comments were about a race that wasn't sitting at the table. Also there isn't very much diversity in age either. Most teams everyone is in the later years of their career minus 1 or 2 people unless you work in sales or marketing. All of the young people that started when I did left to go to other companies in a short time period because they were always getting stuck with only the less valuable work that the more tenured employees didn't want to do. There are layoffs every year once or twice. There's a lot of employees that add no value here. Throughout my time I watched a bunch of people get laid off and somehow the least skilled employees seems to never get hit by these layoffs, nor did the individuals I mentioned above. If you get hired as a contractor here you might have a bad experience because many FTEs will treat contractors as if they are lesser than simply because they are a red badge so avoid it if you can. Also many of the contracting companies offer the worst possible benefits or none at all. There's a structure of contractors do the work supervised by FTEs and then FTEs report updates up to management. So you could have a contributor level FTE with direct reports and they can actually just delegate all of their work to contractors.

Advice to Management

Please try to include more than just white women in your diversity plan. Remove the bad apples. Individuals under 45 also want to do valuable work that will challenge them and create growth and better skills.

Myself and 1 other minority on the team also had the pleasure of overhearing racial remarks at multiple team dinners which was reported where the reprimand was a quick chat.

October 20, 2020

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