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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sr IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with good work life balance

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits need to improve

    Advice to Management

    Hire good talent from outside. Bring in fresh perspective.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "A great high tech company, although lost it's values on doing the right thing for their employees"

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    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the industry's top technology. Good pay. Employees are encouraged to give back to their communities.

    Cons

    At times there are layoffs that make no sense. Most recently Cisco released the entire Customer Success Management organization (hundreds of people) just before the Thanksgiving holiday without providing any 'real' opportunity to find a job internally even though they pubilically stated so. For months it was previously promised by Executive Management that there would be jobs to easily transition to as it would only be a 'job reclassification' and not a layoff. This was not true at all as everyone was released including the employees that started the organization three years ago with 15+ years of experience at Cisco, and 30 years in the industry. Sad to see these great dedicated employees leave the company, good luck to them.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to say that you care about your employees and are trying to provide them with a new job internally then you should actually do so. Having employees reapply for a job that they have been doing for years and then not even giving them an interview is not really caring about them, and is not the 'Cisco Family' that has been always preached. This might be why so many members of the Executive Management team have recently left the company since it is not the same caring company that it was a few years ago, and those that have left didn't want to stay to see it shift in this negative direction.

  3. "Director Sales"

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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

    Work/Life balance, great benefits, great opportunity to learn and a lot of resources available to help you win

    Cons

    Quarterly restructures, very large company.


  4. "Engineer III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    1. Awesome work culture, 2. Excellent team mates, 3. Great employee benefits

    Cons

    1. Cannot think of anything at the moment


  5. Helpful (4)

    "If you're a star they'll treat you like one -- otherwise not really interested."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible hours to work. Most of the people you will work with are interesting and helpful.

    Cons

    If you are not a star (not in the top 40%) then expect to get less than cost-of-living salary increases and to get farther and farther behind average salary as you stay there. In addition, they have periodic layoffs to get rid of the "lowest" performers so you may not have a choice even if you are providing quality work and earning every bit of your loaded salary and more. Stable, high quality work just isn't enough to be a star.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your solid workers as valuable.


  6. "Network Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Great benefits, generous PTO, volunteer time off, etc
    Good bonus program

    Cons

    This is not a company where you can sit and be comfortable. They constantly push the edge and you have to stay on top of certifications and training.


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible time
    Work from home
    good pay

    Cons

    No cons at all for this company

  8. "Great place to work"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, Quality of co-workers, Innovation

    Cons

    Difficult to move to different roles
    Promotion is hit and miss
    Current Services leadership does not understand the business.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cisco will change your life, it will take over and it it all up to you what to do with that wild ride.

    Cons

    Same as Pros!


  10. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. fexible hours. good benefit.

    Cons

    The usual big company challenges: it takes longer to get things done due to many layers of teams and stakeholders.