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Cisco Systems Research Triangle Park Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, if you don't mind layoffs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent work environment
    - Great co-workers
    - Excellent benefits

    Cons

    -Layoffs
    - Restructures (which cause layoffs)
    - Cutting of entire organizations (not called layoffs, but it's the same outcome)

    Advice to Management

    Don't make cuts 2 weeks before Christmas!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for and grow in all areas"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer 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

    Lots of great minds working here. Plenty of opportunities to grow. Plenty to learn. Great managers

    Cons

    Large company so not as intimate with other business segments. Some have difficulties getting promoted. Pay not as great as other places

    Advice to Management

    Haven't had any issues with management so far


  3. "Good environment, awful pay"

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    Former Contractor - Sales Support Agent in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Sales Support Agent in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    lots of fellow millennials, sociable work setting, periodic catered lunches, RTP = convenient location, room for upward mobility into full-time paid job, social events further establish great work relationships, incentives for recognition for good work

    Cons

    awkward rotating shift schedule, contracted job means no benefits (for the first three months) and terrible pay, not able to save money or start 401k plan, highly sedentary nature of the job, most of our department was laid off due to outsourcing our jobs to Costa Rica for cheaper labor costs


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mature Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer 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

    Good Benefits, Competitive Salary, Cisco's name in the networking industry.

    Cons

    work life balance, company is seeing more change than they ever have in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes.


  5. "Great working experience"

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    Former Employee - * Sales Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - * Sales Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, culture of "taking care of people", training and courses encouraged, very competent leaders. They have a wonderful network of people to help you overcome any issue with your job responsibilities or assignments. Always an SME on hand.

    Cons

    Can be a non inclusive workspace at times, specially if your team is mostly male. It can be hard to transition to other roles. Other than that, I can´t find anything negative about working for them. It was an incredible job and a wonderful experience all around.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management, they are truly inspiring individuals that lead the way for innovation and technology around the world.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great CEO and Culture!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO, culture, corporate responsibility, compensation, ethical standards, benefits, work-life balance, career opportunities.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy (sometimes), slow changes (sometimes), slow promotions (almost all of the time), slow compensation increases (most of the time), and not challenging (most of the time).

    Advice to Management

    You're already doing great, but consider providing more opportunities to innovate new ideas and participate in changes, challenges, social contributions and create greater meaning to our jobs.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best Working Environment. Great Amenities and benefits.

    Cons

    There is nothing to bother about. No particular cons.


  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great collaboration, remote work encouraged.

    Cons

    Very few raises and promotions. Often people need to leave and come back for increases.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Good while it lasted"

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

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

    Pros

    * Work / Life balance due to flexibility to work anytime / anywhere
    * Benefits
    * Choice of Windows or macOS
    * Got rid of forced rankings as part of annual performance reviews

    Cons

    * Annual layoffs
    * Stagnant pay
    * Little-to-no promotion or internal transfers

    Advice to Management

    Stop bleeding talent and replacing with younger (cheaper) workers. My productivity was easily twice that of the contractors you'll be replacing me with. The contractors & Wipro staff you brought in to learn my job were still coming to me asking questions a year later because they couldn't cut it on their own and now I'm gone. Who will they turn to now?

    Cisco Systems Response

    Sep 27, 2016 – Cisco Employee

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We realize that change is difficult and we support you through this transition. Ultimately, we stand by our leadership's decisions and trust that they... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "New Employee View"

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly. Working for home is a plus but need to find a way where we can collaborate as a team to better Cisco. Benefits offered to employees.

    Cons

    Lack of systems. For a technology company I am surprise by the lack of systems available within HR. Most of the work is done manually which impacts the data accuracy. Need automation within the organization especially in HR. If you say you are innovative, bring automation into the organization. This can be a cost saving at the end of the day but the company needs to be willing to make the investment upfront. The compensation programs need improvement so it can reach 100% of the workforce and not a small percentage. The company needs to look to fund the program on an annual basis in order to attract the talent needed to take the company to next level. Losing key talents to organizations that offer higher salaries and an annual compensation program.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders need to have a proactive approach. Very reactive in this company. Better way to develop your employees and provide them the training needed. Internal training should not be a fee for employees. Needs to be a better way to deliver training. Simplify approaches/communications. The company makes it difficult and complex for our employees/mgmt. Stop over complicating things. Listen more and act on the ideas. Streamline Jive sites....so many. Spending so much time looking for information.


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