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Cisco Systems Overview
San Jose, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (CSCO)
Information Technology
$10+ billion (USD) per year
From next-generation networks to industry-leading mobility, cloud, and video, Cisco provides integrated architecture and software solutions, connecting people, processes, data, and things. Our security solutions, designed for the IoE era, provide high-performance end-to-end ... Read more

Mission: The future of Cisco. The growth of our customers. The lives of people around the world. They’re all connected. Our edge doesn’t just come from technology. It comes from our people. We are connecting everything – and we use those connections to ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2009 (#35)

Company Updates

  • Where can you find a movie theatre, karaoke machines, chai, bamboo house and awesome food? It's all in our offices in Bangalore, India. Take a short tour.

    Take a Blog Tour of Cisco Bangalore (And Enjoy some Chai!)

    Cisco Blog > Life At Cisco Life At Cisco Anjali Bhatia - January 26, 2017 - 15 Comments Which Cisco campus coves 25 acres, features 8 buildings, welcomes 10,000 employees and sits right in the heart of the city's outer-ring road? Fun fact, we even have a movie theater on campus AND we LOVE (love, love) Karaoke.

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and being yourself - oh my! What this Cisconians loves about working here, and how her teammates continue to connect and bond by way of hiking trips! ‎

    Check Your Net Worth!

    Cisco Blog > Life At Cisco Life At Cisco Latisha Scarborough - January 23, 2017 - 0 Comments I recently had to ask myself, "What am I doing to make my "mini-world" better, and who am I connecting myself with?"

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Cisco Systems – Why Work For Us?

The Internet of Everthing is Changing Everything. 

The Internet of Everything is a global industry phenomenon that is driving the biggest market transition for Cisco and for our customers. This includes the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things. It’s where everything is converged on the Internet, making networked connections more relevant than ever before in our everyday lives.

Leading in 12 of 18 markets, Cisco is building global teams in the Americas, EMEAR, and APJC - expanding our technology solutions in the Mobile, Cloud, Security, IT, and Big Data spaces, including Software, Sales, and Consulting Services.  

Cisco's Corporate Functions directly shape our future by acting as key business partners. These areas are core to successfully running our organization with the future in mind — Legal, Corporate Development, Global Business Services, HR, Finance IT, Global Marketing Services, and Supply Chain.

Bring your revolutionary ideas and impact everything -- from entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, and everyday devices. Collaborate in a fun, flexible, and inclusive culture that has earned Cisco recognition as a multinational Great Place To Work. With 10 billion connected things in the world and over 50 billion estimated in the future, your career has exponential possibilities at Cisco.

Join us as we change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns!

Attracting, Retaining and Engaging the Best and the Brightest

We develop programs and policies that support our employees’ work-life integration while providing a stimulating and inclusive work environment to foster development.

Flexibility and Trust

We are transforming today's workplace and workforce with our culture of flexibility and trust.

Open Employee Communications

We engage in open and transparent communication with employees, fostering a timely, two-way flow of information.

Employee Development and Advancement

By enhancing our employees' skills, we are able to innovate more successfully.

Inclusion and Diversity

Our commitment to inclusion makes us a better company and a stronger global competitor.

Balancing Life, Promoting Wellness

We offer programs to promote wellness and help employees achieve life balance. 


We connect everything - people, process, data and things. We innovate everywhere to create fresh ideas and possibilities. We make a meaningful difference that will benefit everyone - our people, our customers and the world around us.

We are hiring across nearly every organization at Cisco. No matter the team, you will work with colleagues who are smart, passionate, and diverse. Just like you. So only one question remains…Where do you want to make a difference? 


Valued Uniqueness

Cisco employees come from different countries, backgrounds, genders, ages, ethnicities, and abilities. Each of us has our own unique approach to life. Want to know where you fit in? - Visit us to learn more! 


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    Flexibility, great benefits, competitive salary, positive work environment
    Have worked at another company since leaving and realized how well Cisco takes care of their employees. Current employees should be very thankful because the grass is definitely not greener on the other side.


    The area the company needs to focus on is laying off the employees who are not performing or are on performance improvement plans. I saw a lot of very talented and intelligent employees with proven track records get impacted by the layoffs and noticed the under performing employees are still there. They also need to spend some time focusing on the international employees as well. I worked with a lot of international folks who were not performing but managed to not be impacted by the layoffs due to country laws. The company really needs to take a closer look at that as well.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time having meaningful 1 on 1 conversations with employees. Understand that as a business leader/manager it is your job to do what is best for the business and at times that means managing people out of the company or realizing they are in the wrong job, but good for the company and helping them find a new home for themselves within the company. Management needs to be accountable. The company needs to do a better job of ensuring the right person, someone who has leadership skills and enjoys coaching and mentoring, is selected for leadership positions. Being a manager needs to be taken very seriously.

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.


    It was an on-campus interview. Pretty easy questions were asked to me. Interviewer was knowledgable . 1 Written and 2 Interviews rounds happened. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cisco Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Great Places to Work, Fortune, 2016
  • , Top Attractors: Where the World Wants to Work Now, LinkedIn, 2016
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2016
  • Best Places to Work UK, Glassdoor, 2016
  • Best Flexible Working Initiative Award, American Express, 2016
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