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Cisco Systems Research Triangle Park Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, decent pay, opinions welcome, good people

    Cons

    red tape, political, always cutting costs, team morale decreasing year after year, most leaders (not all) care about themselves only and have little or no leadership qualities


  2. "Lots of good and bad. More bad than good."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn, adapt and grow. Lots of really sharp people there. They have a "nothing is impossible for us" attitude.

    Cons

    Talent and integrity are punished, while pettiness and backstabbing are rewarded. Managers aren't held accountable for their behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty and integrity and maturity need to be drilled into low and mid-level management. Managers should be held accountable.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Sep 14, 2017 – HR Representative

    Thank you for your review and more than 3 years with Cisco. I agree with your comments about opportunities to learn, adapt, and grow. I've grown a lot in my time with Cisco. Sounds like you had a... More

  3. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Layoffs have created a culture that often does not foster collaboration


  4. "Not the Cisco of the 90's and early 2000's"

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    Former Employee - Engineering IC in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering IC in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees outside Silicon Valley. Respectable benefits for Silicon Valley Companies.
    Generally higher than average local salaries than other companies in RTP.
    Many opportunities to learn and grow professionally, so long as you drive your growth.
    Top-notch people to work with in US.
    Complex technology.
    Cisco culture. Have a serious family emergency, or even minor, most groups understand and always say take care of your family. wonderful examples of employees out for 5 months with medical issues, Cisco and individual team took care of them and family. Child out with serious illness, again most groups really pitch in to help out.
    Long term, short term disability outside California is not as good as CA, but better than most companies in RTP. Parental leave meets local laws, but not equel throughout company.
    IC's allowed to make deisions
    PTO at 4 wks starting can't be beat.

    Cons

    Cisco is very risk adverse for long term projects. Some are ahead of their time, but company not willing to develop market or save product for when market is available.
    New products only seem to build on existing. Market share loss to cloud vendors, etc. New Security services along with Advanced Sere vices pulling in most of money
    Work loads can vary by groups. Yearly layoffs becoming a thing. Seems that it's quicker and less expensive to lay off top technical people and hire new ones with some new expertise, rather that really invest in and develop current dedicated staff.
    Mobile worker cubes and open work environments not conducive to burying your head into work.
    I'm sure there are far worse places to work in North Carolina

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE change risk attitudes from the top down, please! Take the big risks- ones that may take several years to pan out- just like Google, Amazon, GE, Tesla, Microsoft.
    Please stop being afraid of leaving core competencies. Use your world-class engineering staff to dream, and dream big. Develop products that rival the success Cisco IP Phones, CCM, and Unified Communications, capitalize on it, and promote the company brand with the public again, so that they notice the Cisco phones in Petsmart and Home Depot.

    Finally, the mobile worker cubes don't actually help morale or productivity for core Engineering staff. Most of us couldn't hear ourselves think. Engineer staff need to collaborate, but at the same time need a dedicated location (not at home) to think, plan, and code. I had difficult time staying focused, plus no room for my Webster's dictionary, Thesaurus, Marketing and Technical Doc Style guides.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good company to start your career with"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    They don't like older employees, reorg's change direction every 12 to 18 months, layoff's threaten your job at least once a year.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-from-home options, energetic pace of transformation, strategy and vision alignment with industry needs

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in engineering areas

    Advice to Management

    Focus on addressing diversity


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Reorg is a dirty word..."

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, especially with constant focus on cutting-edge technologies and diversification into new areas of IT infrastructure and applications. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs over the past few years means slim chances of moving into a position that is a better fit for the employee. Getting your "foot in the door" may not necessarily be the best way to advance your career, whether an employee or contractor. I have seen good managers with 10-15+ years get laid off during these reorgs, so no one is safe.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and firing in the same year is basically cherry-picking the best of the best, and while it is beneficial to the company as a whole, it doesn't serve the individuals, those who are let go or those that are left behind. Most people would rather take a pay cut or no bonus than to lose their jobs.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Early in career haven, cultural sate of flux."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunity for early in career.

    Cons

    Minimal work/life balance. Company is undergoing a directional change (HW to SW & Services) and the turning of the ship has many in flux relative to their career direction. Culturally, losing the familial feel it once had, employees are treated as #'s toward the financial goals. Annual lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, lose the p.c. messaging and say it like it is.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cisco Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies
    Plenty of training if you so desire
    22 PTO days a year
    Flexibility (teleworker)
    Good Benefits
    401k Matching
    Life Insurance
    Mid-year and End-of-year bonuses
    Employee Stock purchase program
    Indoor and Outdoor recreational facilities onsite
    Cafeteria onsite

    Cons

    Quarterly lay offs.
    Lack of job security regardless of employee or group performance
    All innovation comes from acquisitions.
    Politics, Politics, Politics...
    Solution overlap between groups/business units

    Advice to Management

    Due to frequent layoffs, Cisco employees tend to focus more on where they can jump next (whether inside or outside Cisco) for job security rather than being successful in their current role.

    I am not sure how to fix this, but I can certainly tell you this is the mentality of most of the employees at Cisco theses days.


  10. "Good company in transition"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    leading edge technology, willing to try new markets, entrepreneurial attitude

    Cons

    In transition from hardware company to services, lots of churn in project funding, people let go without much warning

    Advice to Management

    Stick to projects longer


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