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Cisco Systems Boxborough Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "Cisco is pretty good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and some interesting work.

    Cons

    Top Heavy Management. Everyone is telling you what to do. Try having one boss not seven or eight.

    Advice to Management

    Way way way way to many indian chiefs.


  2. "Cisco great place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is great place for innovation and creativity

    Cons

    Cisco is large organization hard to align priorities and initiatives

    Advice to Management

    Keep you talent they are the best asset

  3. "Enterprise Customer Success Manager"

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    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a solid and reputable company that values its employees. Technology is always changing and Cisco continues to keep a pulse on the business and its employees. There are many opportunities for career and development growth as Cisco Management fully support this methodology.

    Cons

    As technology is always changing, it is sometimes a lengthy process to implement change as with any large company. However, it does get done through proper follow up, ownership and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide the proper tools that allows us to me successful.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – HR Representative

    Thank you for the review! Sounds like things are going well for you up in Boston. Glad to hear it. +1 to the pros that you listed. I'm proud to work for Cisco. Change can be slow at Cisco, you are... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Leader"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Golden handcuffs are very heavy.

    Cons

    Poor management. Sweatshop. Your job isn't safe.

    Advice to Management

    Flush.


  5. "a company worth returning to"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the most intelligent, innovative, and influential engineers in the computer networking industry developing next generation networking products. The salary and benefits are at or above average compared to other large companies. They provide a very good work/life balance but the job still provides challenges and opportunities for growth. They acknowledge and reward employees for going the extra mile or putting in the extra effort.

    Cons

    Most of the decisions and visibility is in CA and that can have a significant impact on remote groups. Software development is primarily based on legacy architecture which doesn't provide the ability to program in many languages besides C.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Working with the best people is half the battle, right? I'd agree - the people are the best part! I also work in a remote location, so I can understand your concerns there - I find that as long as I... More


  6. "Overall positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, many opportunities, nice facilities, family friendly culture, flexible hours

    Cons

    Hard to get exposure in a large company, need new ideas and innovations


  7. "Business ARchitect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovation and opportunities

    Cons

    equality of Pay throught out manaegment chain

  8. Helpful (2)

    "stay away - layoff central"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    constant turnover due to layoffs provides an opportunity to meet new people.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, now every quarter. Lots of overtime with best reward being shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    Time to hold the VPs responsible for failed and useless products/projects .


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be.."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top Fortune global company, challenging, diverse and on the edge of technology.

    Cons

    It has become a very typical corporate company, complete with layoffs, overworked and underpaid people. Only the bottom line matters now, not the people or culture it once prided itself to be.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like they are more than just an employee number.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cisco was very good to me."

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, fair compensation, flexible hours, occasional work from home allowed, high quality coworkers, development tool and infrastructure, good teamwork.

    Cons

    Lateral and upward mobility is not great at satellite locations and they don't get the best projects. Different groups have very different processes. The spin in products (Nexus OS based switches) were done seemingly without good software quality processes in place more for time to market than long term sustainability.

    Advice to Management

    Value your remote teams more.


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