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Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "Network Enginnering Comsultant IV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work from home
    work life balance

    Cons

    Jobs are very unstable, close to retirement you get laid off


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture with regard to teamwork. Allowed to interact with anyone in the hierarchy. Excellent!

    Cons

    Corporate strategy unclear to downstream employee. Far too much downsizing..an annual process...thousands of people even year

    Advice to Management

    Implement manageable strategy that can be effectively realized to position the company for long term sustainable growth

  3. "Not Prepared for Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Learned a lot from tech lead

    Cons

    Team was not prepared for intern, had high expectations
    didn't provide learning curve,
    told that I hadn't done enough at end of internship.

    Advice to Management

    Allow intern to be a part of team meetings no matter if they are late, give opportunity to join in agile meetings


  4. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary a bit better at Cisco

    Cons

    Political and HR does not advocate for employee's who bring up major management concerns

    Cisco Systems Response

    Dec 6, 2017 – HR Representative

    Thank you for your review. Glad to have you on the Cisco team. Please don't stop sharing your concerns! It sounds like you had a poor experience with someone as you went to share feedback. I'm sorry... More


  5. "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Relaxed pace of work

    Cons

    Not much growth
    Not at all fair in promoting

    Advice to Management

    Promote the hard working people instead of hiring new ones or promoting the people who are working for managers that are reporting high in the chain


  6. "Good Benefits, Bad for career development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Comp is great, benefits are very good. Business has resources and scale to address any opportunity.

    Cons

    Brand is fading, management has not yet shown ability to turn around decline in the face of SDN and white box networking. Has no respect for value that comes from experience, engaged in obvious age discrimination and long term program to off shore or use H-1B for all development. Layoffs every year.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff.


  7. "no loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    the internal technology is fantastic

    Cons

    the vast amount of incredible talent that is being let go is insane. Internal rumor is hiring less expensive talent, not sure if true but an awful lot of the best and brightest are getting packages.

    Advice to Management

    loyalty used to be important....let's try to get back to values....

  8. "World class? Well ..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong technology company. They have a huge global presence.

    Cons

    Right hand, meet your left! They hire & fire based on numbers. They do not like to get personal.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Commodity Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Work from Home

    Cons

    Too big to be able to make an impact. Politics, Mass Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Find a way that is fair to all


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Need new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good Life/ work balance. Work hard, play hard, rinse and repeat.

    Cons

    Company is in the midst of re- inventing itself. As such, many great people have been laid off, and other great people have left on their own accord for much greener pastures. Morale is very low. A once great culture has been lost.

    Advice to Management

    You have too many internal meetings. Let your people go out and sell! Call on customers yourselves so that you don't always have to play CYA with your upper management.


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