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Cisco Systems Overview

San Jose, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$10+ billion (USD) per year
#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Here’s how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re ... Read more

Mission: Cisco wants you to bring your uniqueness, join teams to solve challenges, and work together to get results. Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco!

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break and we give of ourselves (because ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#77), 2019 (#69), 2018 (#89), 2009 (#35)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#40)

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Company Updates

  • Watch our new video - filmed entirely with Cisco employees - and see if you can catch the easter eggs. Can you solve the code? Find the security "bug?" (Watch again if you need to.) Then apply to come join us on our colorful adventures.

  • From entrepreneur to Cisconian - Annie shares what her first 30 days at Cisco were like.

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Cisco Systems – Why Work With Us?

We Are . . . Cisco! 

#WeAreCisco, and we are (and are not!) a lot of things. Words are powerful, so here are the words that describe us best, as chosen by our employees!

Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco

Bring your unique self to work with great teams, and together as #WeAreCisco, imagine the possibilities!

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! 

Cisco Systems Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Love working with great people and products"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook

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


    * People: Great people to work with. By far the most amazing team I have worked with. By the way, I had left Cisco and, after 1 year, I came back because I loved working with my current group. The culture shift is refreshing. Be a part of it.

    * Products: Amazing range of products. And all of them are being inter-connected with one another leading to endless possibilities

    * Pace: Company is moving at light speed in developing/acquiring/integrating new technologies in networking and other areas. If you are in the right group, the pace is blinding (in a positive way)


    * There are still some teams with very slow pace and not eager to change. But the culture is changing positively

    * No free food. We have free snacks though. But honestly, free-food is over-rated!

    Advice to Management

    * Culture is shifting in an amazing direction. Still some work to do. Thanks for starting to fix this. Much needed

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Cisco Systems Interviews



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  1. Featured Interview

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.


    I was initially shortlisted for CX, and went through 2 rounds of interview for it. They decided I was better suited for the Engineering role. There were another 2 rounds of interview,
    One tested algorithms, operating systems knowledge and general stuff.
    Other round was based on resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a sentence of words and text of words separated by whitespaces, find out whether the words in the sentence occur in the text any where in any order. (All words must occur at least once for a positive test case)   4 Answers
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Cisco Systems Awards & Accolades

  • #6 on Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For - (22 Years in a Row!), Fortune, 2019
  • #4 Best Workplaces in Technology, Great Places to Work, 2019
  • #4 Top-Rated Workplaces for Work/Life Balance, Indeed, 2019
  • #6 Best Companies Where CEOs Support Gender Diversity, Fairygodboss, 2019
  • #12 Linkedin Top Companies in the United States, Linkedin, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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