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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated February 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Importance to work life balance" (in 2480 reviews)

  • "We're allowed to work from home" (in 1091 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-Life balance can be challenging at times" (in 464 reviews)

  • "All problems of the big company" (in 366 reviews)

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  1. "Best Company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing Perks, very flexible work hours. Importance to work-life balance

    Cons

    I don't see any cons. Life is good here

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Great company, great team, though not excellent in every market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, VA

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, learning atmosphere, easygoing co-workers

    Cons

    business not well in like service provider BU
    might laying off in these BUs

  3. "Great Company -"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Products are good
    The company stands behind its customers.

    Cons

    Quotas are high
    Competition is tough and Cisco is not always as quick to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Help you account managers win. High quotas are a real detractor.


  4. "Great work life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. A lot of teams let you work remote.

    Cons

    Not a sexy company. The cafeteria's aren't great and you have to pay for it.


  5. "More exciting than ever at Cisco"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No other company has a better work from home culture than Cisco - wonderful collaboration technology and complete acceptance from everyone. Amazing benefits all around. You are held to a high standard and rewarded fairly for it.

    Cons

    I wish there was a more meaningful "why" at Cisco. Technology is not all positive. Bridging the Impossible is a little to vague in purpose for me.


  6. "Wireless test"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly teams and state of the art labs

    Cons

    Work extends to nights and weekends during busy times


  7. "Great culture, kind people, reasonable work-life balance, terrific facility"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Every single person I have met thus far, even the individuals I randomly bump into, have been great to work with people.
    - I have been treated with respect from everyone since day one.
    - My department is granted great flexibility on how we develop our internal tools and applications.
    - Several of the buildings have been remodeled. Each have their own theme. For example, one is an African theme while another will be a Nepal theme. Nice to see them mix things up on the interior design with different culture, furniture, and designs.
    - The VTA train goes through the entire campus. Easy to commute this way.
    - All kinds of exciting events and conventions to attend throughout the year. Developer conferences, bootcamps, and more.
    - Food is good. Sometimes hit or miss. But in general it is quite good.
    - Super diverse. You'll work with people from around the world here.
    - Mature. Most people here are on the older spectrum. Good if you don't want to work with a bunch of fresh college grads.
    - I enjoy the Cisco Beats. Great to see what the CEO has to say, what Cisco has been working on, and what values they strive for. Also good to see how they are always aiming to improve the culture.

    Cons

    - Lower pay.
    - No dinner. No snacks if your department doesn't allocate a budget for it. Can be difficult working late nights without something to eat.
    - Lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay your Software Engineers better! We want to stay, so don't give us a reason to leave. I can find significantly better offers at even smaller companies.

  8. "Best Company I have ever worked for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company with great benefits. People are friendly and helpful. Very much a can do company that is always striving to be better. I am always learning and never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Cisco is really big and sometimes hard to find the correct people to help get things done. If you are not motivated and resourceful you will not succeed here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve and streamline processes. Make licensing easier for customers.


  9. "Great place to work if you can last"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Collaboration, great benefits, knowledgeable employees, volunteering opportunities.

    Cons

    Layoffs, organizational churn, managers getting in their own way, no clear path to implement strategy

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting go of the valuable people who help the company grow.


  10. "Bring Your “A” Game"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, bright coworkers, ability to learn, grow, stretch yourself

    Cons

    Inability to advance, difficult to navigate vast network of 70k employees to obtain answers, complicated processes

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the landscape, communicate the basics