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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

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

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    • 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. "Technical Leader at Cisco"

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good challenges. Good autonomy.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be horrible during busy periods. You probably won't get much chance to take vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Settle down on a workable business plan, execute. Don't rely too much on junior staff.

  3. "Working here"

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Decent compensation. Challenging work environment

    Cons

    Competition is coming after Cisco. Past few acquisitions failed.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Just a job"

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally being a TAC engineer is pretty flexible. You work 9 to 5. If a customer needs anything outside those hours you can have another engineer on shift handle the customer's needs.
    You get access to a lab with all the newest equipment to test on.
    If you need to make a little more money, you can work weekend shifts.
    A lot of managers offer flexibility with the ability to work remotely once a week, however this position is not a remote job.
    The organization does their best to recognize hard working individuals

    Cons

    Low pay compared with other customer facing roles at Cisco
    High Stress - the account teams and customers expect you to be the one with the answers
    You can get pigeon holed into one particular technology, especially if your technology is not 'hot'
    Have to work weekends

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the organization, especially in TAC. It's not a good optic that whenever a management position opens up, someone non-technical from another Cisco org takes the position to manage technical engineers.


  5. "Technical Leader 2"

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader II in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Good product will billion dollar yearly revenue runrate
    Good benefits especially health plan & number of PTOs

    Cons

    I hated the layoff culture! Frequent layoffs affect PERM processing of H1B holders, but I guess the company is hardly bothered about it.

    The second issue I encountered was the willingness of people to learn new stuff slows down as the team dilutes. Not everyone is focussed to learn cutting edge tech, the attitude seems to be like a 9-5 job.

    Lot of bureaucracy!

    Advice to Management

    Stop frequent layoffs. If you have to do it, do it one go and be done! My suggestion is take a pay cut across the board rather than laying off people.


  6. "Managed project for Cisco security services"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote working and very good benefits health insurance is best in the industry. Vacation is good and mostly remote working. Best place to work. 401k and espp are best in the industry.

    Cons

    Looking for next level in my career. Always chance of being laid off. This has becoming a routine for Cisco systems

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Glad you think it's a great place to work, too! Re: layoffs. I really like what the business is doing to try to prepare workers for the future of work. I realize it might take some time, but at least... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "HR Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, benefits, inclusion and collaboration communities, dedication to community service and charities as well as veterans.

    Cons

    lack of people of color in leadership roles,

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    +1 to all your "pros!" Your con is a fair assessment, but i'm encouraged by the efforts I see through our Employee Resource Organizations like Connected Black Professionals, Conexion, etc. to provide... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company who adjusts to change"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity is top of the list of importance at Cisco. The company is looking for new talent all the time. If you are one who loves change in technology, Cisco is a company for you.

    Cons

    You have to know someone to move up in the organization. 80% of the time it is who you know and not what you know. Very political like most big companies.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    I love our diverse talent, too! I find that Cisco employees everywhere are always willing to be a contact, a mentor, a helpful rung on the ladder, we just have to make the effort to navigate to the... More


  9. "Cisco is authentically changing but still has big company problems."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Market Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are understanding, the work can be demanding, people are naturally creative.

    Cons

    The work can take up SO. MUCH. TIME. because there's many people involved, sometimes there can be egos / too much reliance on tin cupping budgets, and there are definitely differently layers of opacity that lead to people acting like horses with blinders on.

    Advice to Management

    Find more projects and abilities to experiment. Find a way to beta products faster. Create more internal growth. Upgrade old finance tools that suck life out of us.


  10. "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic organization, excellent leadership team,great corporate citizen (community involvement), inclusive environment, flexibility working arrangements, great benefits

    Cons

    frequent restructuring causing layoffs each year

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Let's find more creative and effective ways to retain women and minorities in this great company.


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