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Updated February 23, 2018
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  • Work life balance can be poor in certain groups / certain times (in 408 reviews)

  • Internal complexity and operational challenges of any big company (in 333 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (38)

    "Let's Talk - From a Cisco Culture Enthusiast's Perspective"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Program 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

    BFPWGP or Best Freaking Place to Work, Grow and Play!
    I have been with Cisco for 11 years and I am truly excited each day because I have an opportunity to think about my current role, my opportunity to grow and most important my value to the community and believe it or not earth.
    In my role, i have learned so much about the importance of Sustainability and how WE need to sever the umbilical cord to Mother Earth. Cisco creates conscious citizens that are culturally responsible and push beyond their wildest imagination. I encourage you to find an opportunity here at Cisco, I promise you will have a lasting career. #LoveWhereYouWork.

    Cons

    There is a lack of diversity in Cisco although great strides being made. we have a ways to go. i encourage to explore more diversity at the mid level management level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and improve diversity at the mid level management level. This only enhances the diverse perspectives for our Company.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Mar 31, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    BFPWGP - you created a new acronym! Glad you feel that way - eleven years speaks that, too! You're right, diversity is key to a successful company - and I'm also seeing much more focus from Cisco in... More


  2. "Blue Chip"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco honestly strives to be the best in all areas.

    Cons

    High multi-task environment leads to focus issues

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to be the best

  3. "Virtual Sales Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Pay, freedom, work life balance, teammates

    Cons

    workload, fast-paced, tons of emails and calls daily


  4. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    great work environment
    cisco committed to success

    Cons

    frequent lay offs has made Cisco a negative place


  5. "Cisco Systems"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    great people
    CEO doing a great job

    Cons

    Need newer technologies
    Better growth opportunities


  6. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-Life balance; remote work options; Collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Too many functions and often projects get lost or duplicated especially smaller functions under HR, services or Brand


  7. "Great company, great customers, great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is reinventing itself. I came in through an acquisition and it's been a fantastic experience. There's a lot of opportunity to move around Cisco if you get tired doing what you're doing after a few years.

    Cons

    Company needs to be more HR flexible on comp, grades, etc. As a manager, it's tough to do what we need to recruit and retain great talent. Most policies are designed for a 70,000 person company, which is fine, but there needs to be way more flexibility around exceptions for exceptional people.

    Advice to Management

    Make more decisions more quickly. A speedboat course corrects faster than an aircraft carrier.

  8. "Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    great place for a product manager

    Cons

    execution slowing down these days

    Advice to Management

    invest internally for innovation


  9. "Hardware Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn new things and work in a challenging environment.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring within the organisation.


  10. "great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SWE in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - SWE in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good Work/Life Balance
    decent compensation
    good 401kplan

    Cons

    too much middle management and slow growth within the company


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