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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "stay away - layoff central"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    constant turnover due to layoffs provides an opportunity to meet new people.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, now every quarter. Lots of overtime with best reward being shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    Time to hold the VPs responsible for failed and useless products/projects .


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not the Best Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Probably a good place to work if you are a Cisco proper employee.

    Cons

    The fact that Cisco employs many of its workers via vendors creates a caste system within the company. It's very obvious who is an who isn't a direct employee by how people are treated. Additionally, you can see how companies filter what is being communicated to the client so they can maintain their business. Cisco managers are too quick on the trigger to get rid of vendor instead of looking at what the true problem is. I have seen a situation where four vendor employees were let go in the same exact position. I know for a fact that the issue wasn't the employees, but the situation they were placed in.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your structure and understand what the real issues are, instead of playing a shell game with venders.


  3. "avoid, there are nicer companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are lots of opportunities to learn and contribute. Some cool projects and cutting-edge technologies, opportunity to work with smart engineers.

    Cons

    too political, constant layoffs are demotivating. preference to invest in acquisitions as opposed to internal innovation.

    Advice to Management

    value your employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Gone Bad"

    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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Maintains a strong brand... for now

    Cons

    Lost its soul and no longer cares about the employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Cisco - old institutional company"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Decent compensation, Good work life balance

    Cons

    Old router-switch company, not successful in capturing market transitions

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture, bring back people's deal


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Buzzwords, BS, and Incompetence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  9. "Account Executive III"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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


  10. 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!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Cisco Has Lost Its Way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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....



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