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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1771 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 881 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 373 reviews)

  • a big company like Cisco normally has less efficiency system (in 304 reviews)

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  1. "Life at Cisco"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engagement Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Security Engagement Manager in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Always new things happening
    Flexible work hours
    Telecommuting

    Cons

    Needs more diversity
    too many long hours
    layoffs!

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to your people, don't just talk at them
    Inspire your teams like John C inspires the company!


  2. "Strategy and Execution is in a constantly in flux"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Good 401k match at 4.5%, vests 100% upon match
    Some of the best products for collaboration, data center
    Flex time and telecommuting is the norm

    Cons

    Cisco continues to cut jobs through massive layoffs (5500 direct) and (another 8500 through early retirement). Some were double CCIE's and many were CCIE's. This does not show value in employee skills
    No strategy for IoT
    Executive Management does a poor job communicating strategy
    Internal transfers are difficult
    Services margins are too high to build an IoT line of business
    Sync-ups has replaced a poor personnel performance ranking system, but few managers follow,the policy on conducting the sync ups.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees. Stop the constant churn of layoffs. Admit that Cisco is betting on Security. Exexutive leadership is betting their entire strategy (cloud, collab, IoT) on security and have been replacing executives with their prior colleagues specializing in security while those underneath are crushed by layoffs.

    With the mass layoffs and no performance reviews, Cisco will end up just hiring again in 30-45 days, costing more money to onboard and train instead of placing existing employees in positions in those positions based on skill sets. Cisco is cleaning house and hiding the constant strategy churn due to protect their brand to Wall Street.

  3. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner Engagement Manager in Chester Springs, PA
    Former Employee - Partner Engagement Manager in Chester Springs, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast moving, hard working team who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Too fast moving for its own good.


  4. "Technical Heaven"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome collaboration with teammates
    Excellent training materials
    Great Benefits
    Very flexible working hours

    Cons

    Promotion path is very outdated and slow
    You can feel like you are out on an island because most people work virtually

    Advice to Management

    Make the promotion process more transparent and have additional opportunities for employees to advance to the next phase in their career.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT's Just a Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Grayson, GA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Grayson, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco fosters an environment for growth and fosters a virtual work environment for quite a few positions, which provides a better working environment.

    Cons

    Leadership a great deal of time hires friends and buddies, which does not always prove to be the best fit for Management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire true leaders and hold fast to your standards for everyone. There are too many in Management with a HS Diploma and are managing many who are more educated. This creates a hostile environment because need for growth is not understood


  6. "Longevity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The future is very bright.

    Cons

    Can feel to big to get stuff done.


  7. "Great experience,but the company needs to do a deeper organizational change to map transformers and maintainers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open mind, mobility and you drive your career

    Cons

    Middle Senior leadership need to be changed, identify transformers on middle and bottom to bring up and also combined with some outsiders ( middle means, Directors and VPs)

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the SVP and VP layer and promote more Directors to put decision makers closer to customers

  8. "A stellar company with strong leadership and innovation."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, good leadership, very good benefits, people take pride in their work and actually help each other succeed. Little pettiness, very professional organziation and community--coworkers are actually friends. Salaries are very good.

    Cons

    Very little downsides. High expectations, as this is a very high performing organziation. But that is to be expected. There is nowhere to "hide" at Cisco. If that's what you want or you don't have a good work ethic, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management actually listens and overall is doing a great job, especially in Services/Consutling. Another plus is that they promote from within and have a very diverse management team. Everyone has an opportunity to grow, which is great to see.


  9. "Great Company but Still Very Male Dominated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was good company to work for while employed. Flexibility, very competitive environment, good salaries. Cisco provides you with the best resources to perform your job.

    Cons

    The constant layoffs put a ton of stress on most individuals and cause a great loss of unproductivity and disgruntlement. Also, decision on layoffs is sometimes unjust and the company does not provide a reason even to best performers which leads many to believe that there is a lot of bias and favoritism. Its a tight "buddy-buddy" system. I saw things such as an young woman who worked at a call center for less than a year get promoted to making big figure salary with no education, technical or professional background while professionals that had been with the company and established invaluable relationships with big customers got laid off for no understandable reason.

    Advice to Management

    Redefine what talent means and better govern who gets promoted and who gets laid off. Cisco is losing a lot of talent and spending a lot of money on diversity but actions contradict the initiatives.


  10. "Very good employee supportive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure ,empowerment, work life balance, cross collaboration

    Cons

    Far from city, no city office, connectivity b/w buildings

    Advice to Management

    Very limited lateral move opportunities