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Cisco Systems Austin Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "Telepresence Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting point for a somewhat niche field. Great for building upon career.

    Cons

    Contractor pay at low levels. Not much position to move up very often. As a contractor horrible benefits through contract companies.


  2. "Collaboration Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Collaboration Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Collaboration Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company to work and great culture

    Cons

    The only Cons I see is NONE

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, personally and professionally.

    Very good benefits.

    Some of the projects are very interesting.

    Perfect work life balance. I almost never take my work home with me.

    Cons

    Being such a large company, your satisfaction will entirely depend on your current team and project.

    Some of the projects are very boring.

    There's lots of bad upper management.

    Product managers don't know what they're doing.

    Not much room for growth unless you have a manager that advocates for you.

    There are many layoffs per year after Chuck took over, most of which come as a surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to individual contributors' morale. Stop with the surprise layoffs, and stop laying off people for bureaucratic reasons. Get a product management team that knows how to both listen to customers and properly convey customer requirements to the engineering teams.


  4. "Great company with some misguided management"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Individuals are great, benefits are pretty good, especially parental leave, and work/life seems fine.

    Cons

    Company messaging is contradictory with company action at times. Particularly when it comes to their agile transformation.
    And yearly layoffs are stressful, and seem to happen to just about anyone.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a disconnect between engineering and senior management and vice versa. Estimates and warnings seem to diminish the closer they get to the top, and directives from the top seem to be politely ignored in favor of bug counts and rushed feature completions.


  5. "Still a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    compensation, cash on hand to make appropriate investments

    Cons

    a little slower to adapt to where the market is going.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "low salary"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good location for people live at Austin

    Cons

    80% of team members and all managers are indians. too much micro management.

    Advice to Management

    the management team just promote indians because there are the same races


  7. "Managed project for Cisco security services"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Remote working and very good benefits health insurance is best in the industry. Vacation is good and mostly remote working. Best place to work. 401k and espp are best in the industry.

    Cons

    Looking for next level in my career. Always chance of being laid off. This has becoming a routine for Cisco systems

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Glad you think it's a great place to work, too! Re: layoffs. I really like what the business is doing to try to prepare workers for the future of work. I realize it might take some time, but at least... More

  8. "Connected Women @ Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent job opportunities; Remote work; Technology; People

    Cons

    Global company so timezone issues when working on projects; Pay not always equal to men although this SHOULDN'T be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing mentoring/training opportunities to allow women more growth chances; continue promoting women into more visible roles (SLT).


  9. "I can't say enough good things about Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager New Products in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager New Products in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, inclusive, fun activities, respectful and collaborative environment, innovation. Compared to lot of other companies, Cisco has a variety of events and activities to engage people from all culture and generations.

    Cons

    Need to employ more Women in the work place

    Advice to Management

    I greatly appreciate that Cisco has continue towards the path of achieving greater diversity in work place and keeping up the "One World" vision in spite of the change in the political goals of the country.


  10. "Generally solid company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Results driven atmosphere, and a company designing technology that runs the backbone of the industry. Very dynamic and fast paced (at least, in my role), and very customer focused. Very easy to "rally" people due to a customer need.

    Cons

    Very unclear requirements in regards to career pathing, raises, and future growth. Lateral moves are the norm, but upward movement is a mystery, and appears to be shrouded in politics.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what kind of company you would like to be, and focus on that maniacally. Right now, Cisco is very focused on attempting to drive into many spaces of the industry, and that's driving diffusion of focus.


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