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Cisco Systems California Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  1. "Sr. Release Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Release Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Release Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enterprise level Private Cloud Environment at WebEx - Cisco Collaboration Group, World Famous Brand.

    Cons

    No growth for Individual Contributors. No Recognition of dedicated hard work. Management only looks after their growth - they will say one thing and do something else.
    Very political and negative (back-stabbing) culture within groups.
    Severance package denied!

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that promotes growth of all honest workers.
    Don't listen ONLY to your 'yes' men and women - it will only get you so far.


  2. "Good place to work, maybe not as good for moving up"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Development Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Development Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is solid, interesting transaction work, recognized name in industry

    Cons

    Navigating labyrinthine organization, office politics, career progression opaque

  3. "Mechanical Engineer Intern"

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    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco's culture is totally underrated and the work-life balance this place offers is really awesome. Cisco is divided into different BU's and departments I worked in the supply chain and I really liked my group and my manager. Cisco encourages employees to move around within cisco and try out different BUs and teams which is really cool they are also supportive if you have a new idea or something new you want to try cisco and if they really like it and see a benefit for the company they may even sponsor it!

    Cons

    as previously mentioned Cisco has different BUs so you may come into one that you don't like and not like Cisco but there's a lot of options

    Advice to Management

    For those with interns, just be there to answer questions, introduce interns to a lot of people. Treat interns like you would regular employees!


  4. "Cisco review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lead QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    More number of hrs than expected

    Cisco Systems Response

    Aug 15, 2017 – Marketing Communications Manager

    Hello, Thank you for your review! i totally agree its a great place to work. :-) I've been here 11 years and working on 11 more. :-) I understand how you feel about the number of hours. It's very... More


  5. "Be You With Us"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - HRUP in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - HRUP in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern I was so surprised about how working at Cisco was like working for a startup in the corporate world. There culture shows they value their employees by giving them great benefits while making life/work an easy balance. If you have a positive attitude and determination Cisco gives you the support to make sure you have a success career. The HRUP rotational program expects you to be your best self and supports you with any of your needs. Most importantly everyone at Cisco is so different and this is highly embraces this really allowing you to be your authentic self at work. There are many outlets to find your communities as well. Within HRUP you will be able to have high impact projects as an intern!

    Cons

    Flexibility to work from home is amazing at Cisco, but sometimes I find personally hard because I like being able to have my community within the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being upbeat and transparent with the employees


  6. "HRUP Program/Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - HRUP in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - HRUP in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The HRUP community is one that every member should be proud to be a part of. Everyone is so close-knit, always willing to lend a hand, supportive, and genuinely cares about your success with the program. The program does a great job of matching your assignments with your interests, and putting you on a team that will set you up for success.

    Cons

    I spent my internship in San Jose, CA (HQ). Cost of living was insane.


  7. "Beyond Expectations"

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    Current Intern - Chief Digitization Office in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Chief Digitization Office in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given a huge amount of responsibility for an intern, freedom to choose projects and really drive the projects that you're passionate about. Lots of exposure to senior leadership and mentorship opportunities. Office life and culture of the company is way beyond any of my expectations. People are very relaxed, it's a positive work environment but people are also incredibly smart.

    Cons

    People are pretty stuck in old ways of doing things and aren't as future focused as they should be for a high tech company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give people the freedom and responsibility to work on what they love and make it easier for people to collaborate cross functionally. Definitely need to focus on getting people aligned and streamlining day-to-day operations.

  8. "Network Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, friendly people.

    Cons

    The only negative aspect of working with Cisco is that when customer opens a case, they expect you to fix/identify the issue even if the issue resides on a 3rd party product/platform.


  9. "Company"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company for career start

    Cons

    Relax culture of the company


  10. "HRUP Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HRUP Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - HRUP Representative in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community, flexible work location/hours, good management

    Cons

    have to pay for gym membership


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