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Cisco Systems Overview
San Jose, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (CSCO)
Information Technology
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Our edge doesn’t come from technology, but from our people! From entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, and everyday devices, we strive for an inclusive culture that has earned Cisco recognition as a multinational ... 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!

We connect everything – people, process, data and things – and we use those connections to change ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2009 (#35)

Company Updates

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Cisco Systems – Why Work For Us?

Working at Cisco is a Snap(chat). 

What is a day in the life like at Cisco? There's no place else to get a more raw, authentic view of what that's like than by watching the WeAreCisco Snapchat channel. Every day is an employee takeover! Some days you'll see engineers innovating, security employees hard at work keeping people safe, etc., but every day, you'll see we like to always have a little fun while we're making a difference with our technology. 

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! 


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    "Great place to work!"

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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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    Business Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.


    2 WebEx Interviews online - none in person which was a bit strange.
    The HR rep and both interviewers were very friendly and helpful! Overall process was very efficient and received an offer shortly after.

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Cisco Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2017
  • Great Workplaces for Giving Back, Great Place to Work, 2017
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For - Legends (20 Years in a Row!), Fortune, 2017
  • The 30 Best Workplaces in Technology, Fortune, 2017
  • Best Workplace for Flexibility, Fortune, 2016
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