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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 358 reviews)

  • Big company - very specialized jobs (in 297 reviews)

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  1. "Devops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    more projects and more contractor positions

    Cons

    could be lay off any time


  2. "Great Tech Company, but growing pains and big"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great adoption of technology, great collaboration tools for working with colleagues (eat their own dog food). Great people.

    Cons

    Very big. San Jose is the center of the world. Having to make technology pivots where older products are slowing down, therefore quite a lot of restructuring. They used to treat employees like "family"...I don't think this is the case today.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the people and their skills at ever level and every function so they can excel both in Cisco and outside Cisco.


  3. "NCE"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    work environment is good and friendly

    Cons

    slow growth and lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    respect top talent


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  5. "Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Different business units at times compete with similar products. Needs to be simplified.


  6. "Cisco Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great talent, friendly company, generally a nice place to work considering the enormity of the company.

    Cons

    Like most large companies, a bit bloated and sluggish.


  7. "Grateful former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work location, great pay, great benefits

    Cons

    Although work/life balance is "encouraged," there's a feeling that if you're not "always on," you're in danger of being laid off.


  8. "Great company but slow to innovate"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had worked at Cisco for over 4 years and absolutely recommend it due to the internal culture and options available to support your daily work life

    Cons

    Slow to innovate, hence M&As and yearly layoffs that are nerve-barking for many employees

    Advice to Management

    Innovate


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    "Cisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a good company to work for. They treat employees with respect and you have the ability to move throughout the company

    Cons

    Budget environment is tough and they are often cutting salary increases and RSU allocations.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of existing employees. Existing employees are generally left behind the curve in comp ratios while new employees are amply compensated.


  10. "Platform / Cloud software developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manteca, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manteca, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New technologies, great team players, excellent managers, great product strategy, strong hardware platforms, strong cloud platform, strong video platform, strong architects

    Cons

    Schedule pressure, large company size, changing priorities, market competition, shift to software base, move away from hardware expertise, deep management hierarchy


  11. "PM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good Employee Benefits. Opportunities for continuous learning.

    Cons

    Complex enterprise Politics. Time heavily spent in navigating people



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