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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 23, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible Work Practice & Work Life Balance (in 2166 reviews)

  • Really flexible with timings (Work from home option ) (in 1004 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be challenging - you have to be fully committed (in 421 reviews)

  • Big company politics continue to encroach on what was once "do the right thing" culture that is starting to wain (in 340 reviews)

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  1. "Sr IT Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with good work life balance

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits need to improve

    Advice to Management

    Hire good talent from outside. Bring in fresh perspective.


  2. "Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Culture, flexibility, team spirit, community engagement

    Cons

    Perks compared to other Tech leaders

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The new head of HR, Fran, has made some positive changes which are well appreciated, including closing the gender pay gap, inclusion and diversity training, getting to take the day off on your birthday, and taking up to a week off to do charity work.

    Other people say Cisco has good work life balance. I think it depends on what product you are working on. I feel like I am under a lot of stress generally and put in a lot of hours. I have been at Cisco over 10 years and there haven't been a lot of breaks.

    Many of my coworkers work from home at least a couple days a week, especially after they moved us to an open floor plan.

    The people I work with are for the most part friendly, smart and professional.

    I love making killer products that make billions of dollars of revenue each year.

    I learn new things constantly and feel challenged.

    Cons

    At least in engineering, there is not a supportive environment for women. There is lack of education among the first line managers how to promote respect and give air time to all type of people, and to promote, give opportunities, listen to and value the ideas of women. And there is some blatant sexism. For example, when I had my baby, my manager told me the 'right' thing to do was to become a stay at home mom. And despite making a sacrificial effort to perform well my first year with a baby, my manager said he gave me an average rating because I had a baby. His perception was colored by my being a mother. I thought I deserved a higher rating for an exceptional year. And he asked me what are my priorities, my child or my job? He didn't ask my male coworkers this question. Even now, he 'forgets' to give me a bonus even though he gave every other report of his one (who are all male). In the previous two layoffs, the only persons he laid off were women. He asks me to plan the fun group outings, not my male colleagues. On separate occasions, my director and my VP asked me to take minutes when there were plenty of men available to also take minutes. Many of my female coworkers moved on because of the frustration of not having their opinions valued as much as our male coworkers. It's a tough problem to solve because people come to Cisco from many types of backgrounds, but I feel there is no management support from any level of the management chain except for Chuck and his direct reports.

    Open space floorplan is distracting visually and audially. The space is so tight that the moveable whiteboards are not near our desks.

    Currently, morale is a little down because it is not clear how individuals will be engaged in making the future roadmap happen. People fear for their jobs. We've had repeated layoffs in my group, and there will be more to come.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining women in engineering, not just hiring new college grads. The long term problem will not be solved if you get NCGs into the office and then mistreat them. They will leave the field. Provide a way for employees to rate their managers.


  4. "Cisco not to shabby"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Benefits are top notch, including tuition reimbursement for degree seekers. Provides for continuous learning by providing company sponsored Pluralsight/CodeSchool and Safari accounts. Internal training opportunities (Cisco on Cisco if you will) are also available.

    Cons

    Budget, Budget, Budget. While all of the above opportunities exist, having budget to take an internal class or getting management to approve the time (and possible travel) to attend the class is difficult. Getting equipment takes some planning and justification out the *ss, a quarter or more in advance. (note that the Pluralsight & Safari accounts are almost automatically approved. I believe there is a significant corporate/quantity discount).
    Getting promoted beyond "the middle" can take a long time.
    Products are developed, in my experience, in a vacuum devoid of customer input.

    Advice to Management

    Thin out the middle management herd. Progressive pronouncements from the C-suite are great, but they don't survive the middle management blockade unless someone is actively, visibly driving it; then the "yes men" will fall in line.


  5. "Strong asset"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay , good community, nice personal setting

    Cons

    Cant think of any,: none


  6. "Client Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work/life balance good salary

    Cons

    lots of different teams you need to go through to complete something.


  7. "Work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    culture is great and so is the work-life balance

    Cons

    pay not competitive compared to South Bay Standards

  8. "Cisco pros/cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work for home opportunities

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs. Processes slow development.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Big company, opportunities to grow
    - Flexible time
    - Free lunches

    Cons

    - No communication from directors and leader
    - Bad direction in general on future of company

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate more on direction of company


  10. "Awesome"

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

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

    Pros

    Everything is good here, Indvidual Contributors are people who work.

    Cons

    There is no downside, managers are the reasons for attrition

    Advice to Management

    clean up useless Managers and Directors plz.


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