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Cisco Systems London Reviews

Updated April 4, 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. Helpful (1)

    "BDM Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work - life balance

    Cons

    No loyalty or protection even if you have been successful

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiding behind closed doors and assist your colleagues


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Believe the Hype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great for Grads as a starting point
    - Nice Staff at technical level
    -initially supportive

    Cons

    - CoE system will promise you a promotion if you do X and Y. Only when i handed in my notice did i find out they had promised 10 people in the same CoE a promotion with only 1 spot availible, despite it being oversure for all of them

    - Management do not give a damn about technical staff. Most technical staff move over to presales

    - You can be forced out of your area of expertise then expected to start from scratch. For example Getting a second CCIE when you already have one with no training allowance or lab kit.

    - If you are technical you get no credit. Walk a customer to sales that then results in a multi-million dollar deal? You won't even get a thank you on a company quarterly meeting, the presales guy that sat in two meetings does though

    Advice to Management

    Stop promising what you can't deliver. You have turned a great company toxic. No one wants to stay technical because there is no chance of recognition or grad promotion despite being in the top 5% of the company because 1 slot is open to 100+ engineers.


  3. "Good first company to Work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recognised brand
    Accommodating nature
    Lots of learning
    Many Intelligent and helpful people
    Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Hours can be long
    Management can seem distant
    slow promotions

    Advice to Management

    Take care of early in career people and trim down middle management


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, job security

    Cons

    No direction, too much politics


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BDM in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - BDM in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Culture of Collaboration, teamwork and inclusion, people with big egos generally don't do well here
    - High pay relative to peers
    - Tremendous flexibility in work life balance - just get the job done

    Cons

    - Like in many multinationals firms, HQ still calls the shots
    - Very early/late calls necessary to get job done across timezones

    Advice to Management

    Overall great job at creating further simplicity and transparency building on the Cisco way. Appreciate frequent communication.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cisco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Global company
    Nice colleagues in team
    Good pay

    Cons

    Potentially easier to end contract workers


  8. "Good company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good employer, good benefits and overall package

    Cons

    Work-life balance and constant restructuring

    Advice to Management

    Less restructuring - align strategy


  9. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive salary, flexible working environment, good benefit, relatively green conscious, open minded culture, diverse environment, global experience, broader solution portfolio,

    Cons

    difficult to promote to Management Team, a few young talents, too many middle ages, big lay off every year, change organisations quite often, overlapping solutions within company

    Advice to Management

    Solid management team is a key for growth. Too many org change creates confusion. Should focus on customer, business rather than internal politics.


  10. "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, works hard, good benefits, look after their employees, promote work/life balance.

    Cons

    More opportunities to train and promote within.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Reflections having left"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility is good...but beware being isolated if working from home too much
    Overall package and fringe benefits

    Cons

    Can be very hit or miss on the quality of manager and lack of consistent performance management system (no ratings shared) means you are at mercy of line manager's whims when they don;t actively take any interest in your performance or development. All employees are essentially stacked ranked when it comes to the annual cull. (ironically the annual performance appraisal system seems to be replaced by annual redundancy system...)

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all line managers are properly trained and use the employee management systems - it's no use spouting on about new people deal if managers can't be bothered....



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