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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "Toxic environment"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new skills; working with great, talented people.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated like outcast citizens. Favoritism and discrimination is prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a prerequisite for middle management to attend leadership and managerial training.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Slow moving ship going nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Free parking. Free lunch every other Thursday.

    Cons

    Non-technical software development managers listen to and favor only senior engineers. Extremely hard to get a raise or promotion even though with proven hard work. Fake performance review. Ranking was determined in an hour long meeting regardless of what you input in the self assessment.

    Advice to Management

    Retire yourselves.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a meritocracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of training and plenty of opportunities to brush up on existing technologies and gain a better understanding on new ones.

    Cons

    Other than the Cisco brand which is losing it's luster, there is nothing outstanding about the company. The culture has devolved into who you know and how good you are at BS.
     Cisco is focused on retaining market share so it attracts talent that will do it's bidding even with substandard products and software.

    Advice to Management

    I would say go back to its roots.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    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 pay, bonus, stock, 401k

    Cons

    Upper management favors inner circle. Talented knowledgeable people do the work management takes credit. Experienced hard workers are not appreciated. You feel you have a target on you if you don't kiss up to management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat hard workers as you do your buddies.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worse culture in the world"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good food in the onsite cafe

    Cons

    This is a high-tech slave shop, it's only about the management since they are the ones who get the big bonus and stocks. They care less about anyone else but themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Leave, go pick up trash on the side of the road. You are not fit to work in the real world.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awful working environment"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonuses are good. Good company discounts etc.

    Cons

    Horrible working environment resembles a sweat shop. You will be shoulder to shoulder with 5 people constantly yapping and talking on their phones. Inflexible management does not care about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ridiculous open plan environment for folks that need privacy. You will lose high caliber talent like me otherwise. Today I quit because of the bad work environment.


  7. "Great Pay Master with strong focus on RnD"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Amazing financial benefits and Great Family life balance

    Cons

    Scope of improving leadership , free up management from politics

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pbdm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good people, bad Mgmt, old technology

    Cons

    Really bad disconnected management that only cares about rsu s for their own fat paychecks , doing nothing for the workers

    Advice to Management

    Trim management by 50%, very few good things to say


  9. "Layoff's Layoff's Layoff's"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company will always keep you on the edge about your job

    Cons

    1. Layoff's every other quarter
    2. Mgmt doesn't have a software only direction

    Advice to Management

    1. Remove mgmt folks - not technical folks


  10. "1% systems engineers in service provider"

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    Current Employee - SEM in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - SEM in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    trying to think of some

    Cons

    you are the only woman in 99% of all the meetings you in

    Advice to Management

    where are all the women? let's find some!


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