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Updated June 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1771 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 881 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 373 reviews)

  • a big company like Cisco normally has less efficiency system (in 304 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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. "Best"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer 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

    Great culture, everyone makes you feel welcomed!
    Have the opportunity to work with very talented people from all over the world
    Everyone is always willing to help
    Management is very accessible and always have the door open
    Flexibility with the schedule and work from home

    Cons

    No Cons for working at Cisco


  3. "Business / Systems Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work from home and wasn't micro-managed. Very professional overall and they treat their workers with dignity,

    Cons

    Asked to do things outside my comfort zone multiple times. Had to not lie to my clients but tell them not the whole truth,

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your customers, clients and employees.


  4. "Cisco Systems Graduate Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting Work
    Freedom of choice
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now


  5. "Virtual Sales Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Very Good Benefits
    -A lot of opportunity

    Cons

    -moving to an open office is extremely counter productive
    -laying off field resources that are vital because of bottom line when we have 70B in bank

    Advice to Management

    -backing away from the "operational rigor" and get back to being a family type company like we were under John Chambers


  6. "network engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - L1 Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - L1 Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned to troubleshoot Cisco Router and Switches.

    Cons

    If i look ,Down side than i say i worked as a field engineer.


  7. "Great until senior management lost interest in the strategy"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and collaboration with coworkers. Great reputation with customers. High ethical standards with both employees and customers. Driven to virtual work environment well supported with the latest technology.

    Cons

    Ever changing strategy. Lack of commitment to products beyond core networking, collaboration and server products. Very internally focused with far more internal meetings than are needed.


  8. "Decent experience overall"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall good company and good people.

    Cons

    Older systems, not a ton of perks. Good vacation policy.


  9. "Cisco great place to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco is great place for innovation and creativity

    Cons

    Cisco is large organization hard to align priorities and initiatives

    Advice to Management

    Keep you talent they are the best asset


  10. "Success largely dependent on your team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Access to technology. There are a lot of good people within the company.

    Cons

    Your happiness and future within the company depends heavily on your team. Mid-level managers are constantly fighting for funding and attention from higher ups. Your future will be largely determined by their success or failure.

    Advice to Management

    Semi-regular layoffs are inadvertently cannibalizing good people from the organization. Find another way to trim the dead weight. Stop buying companies and products that you do not intend to support.


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