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Cisco Systems London Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Cisco Systems Chief Executive, UK & Ireland Scot Gardner
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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. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Really good work place. Enjoyed working with different teams.

    Cons

    Complex management structure. But overall amazing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    More clarity required in job descriptions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer 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

    Great life work balance, can work from home and have all the tools to be as efficient as in the office, good benefit - including healthcare, dental, life insurance, stimulating work environment.

    Cons

    The salary is not competitive compared to the industry average; for the past 5 years at the end of fiscal year (august / september) one has to worry about its job as they have been systematically reducing staff to align to the new corporate strategies. Let's be clear about this, we are not talking of letting go the bottom x%, here we are talking of cutting whole departments of the organisations that are no longer aligned to the company ever changing vision.

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a company where people were feeling specially looked after, this is no longer the case. You need to invest more in people and stop the end of year madness.

  3. "Old school tech giant..."

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

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

    Pros

    Work from home, good benefits

    Cons

    Boring tech, US centric, too much middle management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the field more


  4. "Outstanding place to work - Surprised so few know about Cisco"

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

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

    Pros

    Remuneration is very strong and they don't expect you to compromise your life. In fact, they enable you to have a better work/ life balance by providing the equipment and ways of working so you can be highly effective from home. I work 4 days per week from home on average (I have the option to work fewer if I want to). Cisco offers all the benefits you'd expect including you birthday as an additional day off, a choice of high end Mac or PC, phone bill paid in full, 5 additional days off to volunteer for the organisation of your choice (this year I'm using mine to go on a long cycling trip for a charity started by one of my colleague's. You can also receive connected recognition, this is a cash reward of varying amounts you receive from colleagues who think you went above and beyond. I received one last month for £70 but the amounts can be over £100. Aside from all of this, the people are great and together we make a fun friendly culture. It's work hard, play hard and Cisco certainly rewards all those who do. A great choice of tech company whether you have technical skills or not.

    Cons

    The business is focused on short-term financial performance. This can be frustrating when trying to deliver longer term projects.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivise colleagues to focus more of their time on longer term activities which should encourage this behaviour more widely.


  5. "Cisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work and life balance, good tools, good teams, good culture of collaboration and getting things done. Good product ranges with some leading edge products.

    Cons

    Company is in a huge transition, many layoff rounds for the last five plus years.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good experience and was well treated over the years

    Cons

    Fanatical about the number and very short term


  7. "Not such a great employer anymore"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with work schedule and working from home is the biggest reason why people remain in Cisco. Really good benefit package and you work with some great people and talent.

    Cons

    Switching off from work when you finish whether it's the end of the day or during your time off. Management is frustrating, they just don't seem to see you as a person and recognize the employees that go over and above in their job. They complete leadership courses and you don't see any change in their management or leadership. The employees that are the loudest and boast about what they apparently do get the recognition. Employees feel they are on 12 month contract with no job security. Salaries are less than what you can get elsewhere. Lots of great people leaving and it's not acknowledged why we are losing good talent and will continue to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and re-think strategies and management styles. More team activities and meetings. Team meetings and evenings out are essential to build a strong team, get feedback, thank your team and team bonding - get the budget for this.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Cisco, read and take note"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, facilities and market position. Some first rate people, particularly Systems Engineers. Strong partner network. Good quality equipment.

    Cons

    Weak management, too many conflicting business priorities and strategies, lack of domain experts in some business areas, poor morale, low investment in potentially high growth business areas. Expensive equipment compared to others in market. Progress and promotion is not merit based but through sucking up.

    Advice to Management

    Improve morale and staff retention, recognise and appreciate the talent in the company. Introduce a meaningful personnel assessment scheme. Recruit best in class managers from market leading companies outside Cisco from eg Salesforce.com.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    On line training and courses

    Cons

    Not part of a team


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but turbulent times"

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

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

    Pros

    Graduate program gives you a solid foundation, though still some management and curriculum issues still need addressing.
    Best in class technology to work with.
    Reputation of the company makes entry-level Sales less daunting.
    Approachable senior leaders.
    Early In Career Network community.
    Annual sales conference.

    Cons

    Development during graduate on-the-job experience will really depend on who you are aligned to.
    Lack of communication from management regarding future career prospects.
    Back-end systems are a mess, causing Sales employees to waste a lot of time on admin and non-rewarding activities.
    Unrealistic targets that end up demotivating.
    Lack of diversity in Sales when compared to Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    There is a general sentiment of uncertainty and instability with future career prospects that needs to be addressed. Also, certain targets seem unrealistic and end up going against their purpose by demotivating rather than motivating employees, would suggest that this should be reviewed to understand how to motivate people according to the behaviours you would like from them.


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