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Updated April 29, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1707 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 847 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is good, like vet the bonus, ESPP, and RSU's
    Leadership is great
    Facilities are good, open work environment is very cool

    Cons

    None. I have nothing bad to say about Cisco, they always treated me great. The leadership team rocks, treats the employees well and are the right people to keep the company advancing.

    Advice to Management

    You rock!


  3. "If you work hard you will get rewarded."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm very passionate about security and I get to work for one of the work leaders in field. I feel like the work I do is actually making a difference in the world. I enjoy the work that I do on a daily basis.

    I'm very well paid. My base salary is very competitive. The bonus percentages are very high at Cisco. I've had double digit percentage raises and double digit percentage bonuses in the last year.

    I get to work from home multiple days per week.

    There are a lot of smart people who can do really cool things.

    My office gets free lunch, free coffee (good coffee too), free drinks (red bull) at the vending machines, all snacks at the vending machines only cost a quarter.

    I could wear a t-shirt, gym shorts and sandals to work at my office and nobody would care. Almost no dress code at all.

    The office is very nice, clean, etc.

    Good benefits like healthcare, vision, dental, etc. They also have stock options that are good.

    Cons

    Politics regarding acquisitions and merging teams can get in the way of doing actual work or event prevent projects from being able to be completed at all.

    I can't bring my dog to work anymore.

    That's about it for complaints.

    Advice to Management

    See cons section.


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  5. "Data Scientist at Cisco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities.
    Great work culture and flexibility especially work from home is very convenient.
    Lots of interesting problems to work upon so you can always keep yourself busy.

    Cons

    Not any cons that I can think of.


  6. "Overall Good - Getting Better..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours
    - Flexible work location (can work remotely)
    - Big company
    - Shuttle to and from SF

    Cons

    - Heavy Tops-Down approach
    - Slow moving
    - Very tight budgets
    - More than usual office politics


  7. "NCE"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NCE in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - NCE in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, learn and grow

    Cons

    It is difficult to say anything wrong with cisco


  8. "Love Where You Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Development Opportunities
    - Agile workplace
    - Rewarding Innovation
    - Market Leaders
    - People Leaders not Managers
    - Employees care about each other
    - 5 Additional Days of PTO for Giving
    - Flexible Work Practices
    - Work from Wherever
    - Encouraged to Push Back
    - Connections with Senior Management
    - Freedom to be Myself

    Cons

    Occasional times of little human to human interaction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward with Our People Deal. Our culture is shifting and Our People Deal is the foot on the gas peddle.


  9. "Work Life Balance is a 12/10"

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

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

    Pros

    The work life balance at Cisco is incredibly unique. All you need is your laptop and wifi and you can work wherever you'd like (in most cases, some functions do not have complete flexibility). I live thousands of miles from my family & friends, but Cisco encourages me to go home and visit whenever I'd like, without having to take any time off. I can only imagine how wonderful this flexibility will be when I'm a mother some day. I've had numerous coworkers stay home with a sick child or take some time out of the day to go pick up their kids from school. Cisco supports it all. It would be extremely difficult to leave and lose all this flexibility. I plan to stay here as long as possible.

    Cons

    Nothing sticks out that is any different than working at any other company. Typical downsides of being in a business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting your employees first, and people will continue to want to come work here.


  10. "Cisco outlook is very positive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Sales 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 culture, top talent. Driven to success.

    Cons

    High intensity, competitive pressure can be intense

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovativing and acquiring new technology


  11. "Great company and culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Controller in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Controller in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowerment, Endless Opportunities, Job rotations, Culture, The People

    Cons

    Large company dynamics, delayed decision making, learning pains as they transition their business to recurring revenues

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture.


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