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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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  1. "TL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good to work at cisco

    Cons

    Parallel work & bit of politics


  2. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for career growth, different job opportunities, and the benefits are great!

    Cons

    There's a lot of layers of management, within each organization. While making an impact is possible, it can become challenging to make a company-wide impact.

  3. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great company all around.

    Cons

    It is hard to leave. A lot of my colleagues that left ended up coming back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have been doing.


  4. "Hit and Miss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working virtual and global partnerships

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and leadership


  5. "Best Tech Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Fair big salary and compensation

    Cons

    There are need work from home


  6. "Great leave policies - family friendly"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Cisco offers great leave policies that are very supportive to working mothers. Their standard parental leave is 19 weeks fully paid. Additionally, they offer paid time off to volunteer in your community, for example at a local school. Their benefits system is generous and very easy to figure out - there's always someone available to answer a question by phone/email/etc.

    Cons

    It's a big company (70K+ employees) so it can be hard to navigate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good company despite annual layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Benefits
    -Stock
    -Mandatory holiday close during Christmas-New Year's
    -Great culture
    -flexibility

    Cons

    Not all managers believe in the Cisco culture so they have a tendency to mircro manage and frown upon working from home.
    Work life balance can be blurred
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    Advice to Management

    Management please make sure you encourage your management team to allow the flexibility that makes Cisco great. TStop doing so many layoffs

  8. "Loving my work at Cisco!"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco has a great culture - we encourage our employees to be active in their communities and to volunteer, we have a strong team environment, and we are encouraged to innovate and take risks. We have great collaboration tools that allow many employees to work remotely and we do encourage work/life balance. I love my team, my peers and the future of Cisco as a leader in technology.

    Cons

    Learning to navigate your way around Cisco can be a challenge. It is a very big and complex organization, but your teammates will help you! There are pockets of bureaucracy and legacy behaviors that we could improve on. We need to integrate some of our tools and become more cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the effects of constant change on your teams. Sometimes it's not easy to change courses and it can be draining. Also, don't let the limitations of the tools affect the way we do our work. Continue to encourage the break down of silos and cross-collaboration between functions - we still have some work to do here.


  9. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Renumeration, Company growth trajectory, CSR activities

    Cons

    Politics, Not growing as fast as previously


  10. "Overall Good Company w/ Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, work from home perks, good benefits -- full gym, health center on campus, job stability, free shuttle from SF, growth opportunities

    Cons

    - A LOT of corporate politics which creates a negative work environment where teams within the same organization are fighting against each other instead of working together
    - Still working in a waterfall/semi-agile
    - Not a "tech start-up" feel (limited free snacks, subsidized lunch, gym cost comes from pay check, not very many millenials)
    - lack of clear roles and responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Senior managment in Operations needs to figure out the structure of the organization with clear roles and responsibilities for each team so that teams start working together as a unified company towards a common goal instead of working against one another fighting for power/ownership of work.


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