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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

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    "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. "Great Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Work on the latest and great technology, no matter how fast the world of technology changes, Cisco is always ready to jump in to adopt and execute.
    + Great benefits in terms of salary,insurance, perks.
    + Great talent/environment for folks to start career.

    Cons

    Sometimes things tend to be slow in terms of making higher level changes which could slow down the momentum of your work.
    Politics/bureaucracy/favoritism is always a given for any large company.

  3. "Good place to get enterprise experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Very stable and well paying job

    Cons

    Big company, stuck in its developing ways


  4. "Technical Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Great work culture. Highly talented people. The company provides opportunities for growth, career transitions, mentoring. I mean it's up to the employee to make the best use of the opportunities available. I got my immigration work also done by Cisco. Even after I left Cisco, I got support from Fragomen. I must say I am very very impressed by the way Cisco takes care of their employees and former employees.

    Cons

    I don't like the new open workspace concept. It's very chaotic and highly unproductive. Most of the employees at Cisco don't like it. I didn't meet anyone who liked it. But still, it was enforced. It was disappointing to see Cisco didn't care about employees opinion. I can understand that it's highly cost-effective to stuff double the employees in the same old space.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the engineering managers in Cisco are actually technical leaders. They have absolutely no idea on dealing with people. I agree they are highly technical. But that's the point. They are good technical leaders. My advice to management is that please ensure that people managers should be trained and evaluated based on their people management skills as well.


  5. "Cisco was a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Family friendly. Competent people and interesting projects.

    Cons

    They only seem to hire contractors.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love to work for Cisco for more than a year or so at a time. I have many relevant skills. Hire me perm the next time our interests match up.


  6. "senior software development manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work and fun

    Cons

    too focus on the process

    Advice to Management

    reduce process and focus on innovation


  7. "Excellent working enviroment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - full of resources. trainings
    - Well maintained internal documentation system
    - great benefit
    - good variety of products.
    - Always get chance to learn about edge technologies

    Cons

    - Slow path
    - Frequent reorganization

  8. "Good Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great school to learn the trade. Good mentoring programs, strong team building (depending on your team of course).

    Cons

    It is becoming the next IBM. Lack of innovation, certainly due to a talent exodus to other employers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dinosaurs and hire new blood and allow them to innovate.


  9. "Technical Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    No technology religion, good pay.

    Cons

    Large company, cross organizational work can be slow


  10. "I was part of an excellent team with a great leader."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Obviously each group can be different, but my leader created a great team culture in the Business Transformation organization..

    Cons

    It had typical big company challenges.


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