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Cisco Systems Austin Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1707 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 847 reviews)

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  1. "Cisco Austin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    people, training and benefits

    Cons

    to much travel, not enough work from home


  2. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptional Company positioned well for growth

    Cons

    Marketing Re-organizations for cost reductions


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Continual transitions will burn you out"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a company that takes care of its employees. I've seen Cisco HR go out of its way to make sure employees are being taken care of. In such a large company, there is still a bit of a family feel.

    Cons

    Continual transitions, re-orgs and ever changing management expectations leaves teams often caught on ever-shifting ground. It leads to missed expectations between employees and management, and a lot of stress, frustration and even fear as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Better manage transitions and re-orgs and employee-management relationships.


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  5. "Business Operations Manager"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Austin, TX
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, processes, cultures, many good projects

    Cons

    Too many lay offs every year

    Advice to Management

    Talent Retention


  6. "best company I've ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cisco was the best place I've ever worked. People are smart and hard working. But they are also cooperative and not in need of promoting themselves at the cost of others. They are mature and work together to make the company and the world a better place.

    Cons

    Big company but does not have most of the bad things big companies have.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep inventing cool stuff. Stay ahead of the curve.


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice work life balance. Nice self-improvement environment.

    Cons

    Engineers hardly to learn new technologies through daily work


  8. "Fun and Rewarding"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great fun culture with a lot of opportunities to grow. Plenty of great events throughout the week to bond with the team and colleagues. Work felt rewarding and exciting.

    Cons

    As a big company changes take more time to be enacted but improvements are currently being made and in the spotlight.


  9. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, fast paced innovative environment, remote work, competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    politics, politics, politics and competing products internally. Some managers shouldn't be managers but are promoted anyway.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work-life balance good, good people, but very political and uncertain environment"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Analytics Consultant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from anywhere, friendly atmosphere, great pay, great benefits

    Cons

    Around August every year, look over your shoulder because there will be a layoff round the corner

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring new folks if you are going to lay them off in next 6 months


  11. "It can be fun on most occasions"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest engineers in the industry
    Office culture and traditions (in most cases)
    Handsome benefits (other than salary)
    Access to some pretty cool hardware/software, labs, expertise (CCNA anyone?)
    Work-life balance (in most cases)
    It's Cisco!

    Cons

    Below average salary with no COL adjustments
    Lack of innovation from within the company
    Heavy process and too many barriers
    Internal politics/favoritism

    Advice to Management

    If you only keep buying innovation, you'll always be a step behind the competition. Reignite that start up innovative mentality, which made Cisco great in the first place. Not everything in the tech sector can be measured with stock price.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 19, 2016 – Cisco Employee

    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud to have some of the brightest employees working for Cisco and their innovative efforts!


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