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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "End of an era?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Remote work is the norm
    2. Even contractors are empowered to make big decisions

    Cons

    1. Unannounced layoffs are the new normal at Cisco ... literally every month there are big layoffs
    2. a large number of jobs at Cisco are going off-shore so be prepared to repeatedly prove that your skills cannot be outsourced without a serious loss to the product/team/bottom line
    3. highly political organization & lots of disinformation ... assume you really do NOTknow what is going on even if you are being given information
    4. contractors are treated very poorly, even if they provide a big value add to the organization
    5. Cisco is in crisis ... there are re-orgs with alarmingly high frequency; this is to be expected with the massive changes brought in by Chuck.

    Advice to Management

    With such a high turnover, moral has really started to suffer. I left Cisco in early 2017 because I no longer felt it was I had stability and was constantly looking for other jobs "just in case". Also Cisco has lost its' ability to innovate without acquisitions and all the layoffs will compound problem because talented engineers are now departing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Buzzwords, BS, and Incompetence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to hideout if you are a salesman.

    Cons

    Cisco is a House of Cards with a gloomy future.

    Advice to Management

    You can't teach ethics. Cisco will make a great case study, executives will profit handsomely before Wall Street realizes the financial state of the company.


  3. "Account Executive III"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive III in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive III in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Acquisitions continue to add products to the product line

    Cons

    Sales team is driven by Salesforce records and close rates... Mid and Senior Management no longer really sell, forcing out Senior Sales people for Junior to reduce CGS

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to drive profitability on the back of the employees. Quit transferring jobs to In


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Awful company, keep away - you have been warned!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    None!
    If you are lucky and get a company car allowance and fuel card, then that is the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Buy up companies, take all the IP and then have the annual layoff in September. If you are lucky to survive the annual layoff then don't expect a pay rise, sometimes you get a restricted stock option, but you loose this when you get hit with annual layoff.
    Managers are all yes men, always brown nosing senior managers.
    Veeps are all business failures.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a set and sign up to "Investor in People"
    Stop the annual layoff!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be the technology leader in the networking industry.

    Cons

    Be aware of the ramping Indian nepotism! Your career can be screwed!

    Advice to Management

    For the sake of share holder values and customers, please get rid of the Indian nepotism!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Cisco Has Lost Its Way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laser focus on customers-partners has always been embedded in the company's DNA.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs- dismissing senior technical talent who are loved by their customers and/or are recognized in the industry; gross mis-steps in cloud; a toxic environment of fear has set into various organizations because of these sudden dismissals especially when the company is profitable. As one would assess a product for fair trade, I strongly believe the treatment of people should be a factor in determining whether or not one wishes to do business with the company. Should you work at the company -- go for a very very short ride only. As a shareholder - I am deeply concerned.

    Advice to Management

    When you agree to such dismissals: be an example and depart first and/or ask for volunteers transparently. There is no People Deal -- it was broken sometime ago. Wearing jeans-dancing in the corridor insults the very people you wish to attract and retain. The company I once worked for has lost its way. Shame....


  8. "Was once a great IT department, not anymore due to a corrupt CIO."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with greatly talented people.
    Flexible work arrangements are good.

    Cons

    The leadership team in IT is corrupt starting with the CIO. People are promoted for the most vague reasons. The claim they act with integrity till you find family relatives of the CIO working in her reporting chain. She actually continued to manage family members, who benefitted financially from outsourcing deals even after moving to her role as COO under new CEO. The new CIO is one of her watchdogs, who also is known to promote people based on racial agenda. He has no achievements and just a talking head. It is still Jacoby in the house with G keeping the status quo. They witch hunted many good people managers who were forced to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of both the COO and CIO. Bring some of the great people managers who made this IT house great once.


  9. "Very mother unfriendly"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good fruits and snacks and milk

    Cons

    Pathetic family consideration. Mothers cannot work from home even when the child is sick!!! They have plush mothers room but are not allowed to use it or rather do not use it as they track your moves! A company that does not respect mothers is not somewhere a lady can work!!! Hope Mr Robbins reads this!

    Advice to Management

    Please understand human values and be humans!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Political organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Challenges on a big scale

    Cons

    * Lots of it. They should have fired everyone with a manager/senior manager title.

    Advice to Management

    * You should sit and realize why companies far less your size (example Amazon) a few years ago have quadrupled in valuation, while you are stuck at 30$ a share.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Culture has been replaced."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in Cisco Security services, and the last 2 years have been horrible. This used to be a great company and great culture. The last 2 years over, great caring and capable managers have been replaced with newbies who operate without a care for employees and in lockstep with the new senior management.

    Sadly, much of the senior management is now from places like Pepsi and sourcefire. These senior folks are dishonest, calculating and manipulative. They also have super fragile egos and fire people for simply knowing more than they do.

    Cons

    Having Cisco on your resume used to be a huge strength. But nowadays it's becoming a liability in the job market. That combined with the annual summer picnic and layoff, it's become a truly bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Fire no nothing management clowns who joined from Pepsi and think running Cisco Security Services is like running a soda-pop company. These clowns have destroyed Cisco Security Services and everyday, do more damage with their dishonesty and fragile egos.



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