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Cisco Systems Research Triangle Park Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "HR Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, benefits, inclusion and collaboration communities, dedication to community service and charities as well as veterans.

    Cons

    lack of people of color in leadership roles,

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    +1 to all your "pros!" Your con is a fair assessment, but i'm encouraged by the efforts I see through our Employee Resource Organizations like Connected Black Professionals, Conexion, etc. to provide... More


  2. "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic organization, excellent leadership team,great corporate citizen (community involvement), inclusive environment, flexibility working arrangements, great benefits

    Cons

    frequent restructuring causing layoffs each year

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Let's find more creative and effective ways to retain women and minorities in this great company.

  3. "Great people, great company!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, caring people, lots of opportunity to shine and make an impact, as well as give back to causes you care about and support the community.

    Leadership is truly compassionate and caring and will work hard to support your career journey.

    Cons

    If you don't have a solid career plan, you can become stagnated and for those of us who have trouble with direction and asking for help, it's a challenge (but that would be anywhere!).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support employees and their development, while understanding that not everyone is comfortable taking advice or showing weakness (or what they perceive is a weakness or failure).


  4. "Love Cisco!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, perks, benefits, 401k matching, culture, and overall treatment of employees. Always something fun and unique going on, and I constantly feel proud and lucky to be at such a great company.

    Cons

    Becoming more aggressive about cutting work/jobs without regard to the people behind them. Moving from a traditionally HW and product-based company to a more SW and subscription/cloud-based company, which has made for a lot of turbulence and uncertainty as far as direction and job roles.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the "little people" all the way down the chain and the importance they have in driving larger, higher up initiative forward.


  5. "Virtual Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Very Good Benefits
    -A lot of opportunity

    Cons

    -moving to an open office is extremely counter productive
    -laying off field resources that are vital because of bottom line when we have 70B in bank

    Advice to Management

    -backing away from the "operational rigor" and get back to being a family type company like we were under John Chambers


  6. "Success largely dependent on your team"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Access to technology. There are a lot of good people within the company.

    Cons

    Your happiness and future within the company depends heavily on your team. Mid-level managers are constantly fighting for funding and attention from higher ups. Your future will be largely determined by their success or failure.

    Advice to Management

    Semi-regular layoffs are inadvertently cannibalizing good people from the organization. Find another way to trim the dead weight. Stop buying companies and products that you do not intend to support.


  7. "Good company to work for, esp. in RTP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The culture in RTP is really good. The people are nice to each other.

    Cons

    They have regular layoffs almost every year.

  8. "Good company that must prioritize hiring top talent and reducing layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leader for 20+ years, Cisco manages to re-invent itself during market transitions, leaving competitors in the dust. Plenty of challenging work, you're surrounded by strong talent willing to collaborate in cross-functional projects to achieve goals. The complete compensation package & benefits seem better than industry average. Cisco manages finances as I do: Being frugal and debt free. The company has an enormous amount of cash available to survive tough times and take advantage of acquisition opportunities.

    Cons

    More political and more turf wars than it used to be. Still a good place compared to other companies though. No job security, more layoffs than similar companies - that's the price you pay for being a large company that must move fast through market transitions. Cisco is quick to let go of investments that aren't paying off and lay off people to cut costs when the quarter didn't go as expected.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs may cut costs, but also scare people away. Not a good thing when Cisco hasn't appeared on the top 50 companies to work for in a long time (probably for that same reason). Leaders must prioritize attracting the best talent in the industry and find ways to reduce layoffs. Cisco used to pride itself as a company that hires the top 5%. That's when Cisco consistently appeared on the top 5 places to work in the nation. Cisco dropped off the top 50 companies to work for many years ago. The best talent graduating from schools don't even know who is Cisco. New hires are usually those that didn't get a job with Google, Apple or Facebook; and they come into the company nervous about layoffs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Network Consulting Engineer - Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of really smart people who are willing to help you learn and grow. Great teamwork and opportunities to advance

    Cons

    As with any company or organization, there is both good and bad leadership. Some of Cisco's employee program/pipelines are too rigid in their structure and don't allow for flexibility even when requirements applied to the employee stretch beyond the program.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people and not just yourselves, if you are going to practice what you preach in regards to the "People Deal"
    As Simon Sinek puts it... "Weak leaders have the luxury of looking after themselves. Great leaders have the honor of looking after others." But most large companies fail at this by in large as a whole so I wouldn't expect much change here.


  10. "All depends on what team/group you are on."

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    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, experience, Basically it all depends on what team and/or organization your are on.

    Cons

    Layoffs are always hanging over your head. Depends on your team and environment.


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