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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome work culture
    - Flexibility
    - Team work is best

    Cons

    - Growth in career as per title and positions is less


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, benefits, remote work locations

    Cons

    It feels like a pressure cooker trying to make Wall Street happy!!

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. Tell them how they are doing and if you like their work, give them a pat on the back. If there's room for improvement, provide feedback so they can improve. Most of the time, there is no feedback until it's time for the yearly reviews.

  3. "You're on your own (that's good and bad)"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're given the tools you need to do your job and you're entrusted to "do the right thing" (that was in the orientation). There's a complete absence of micromanagement -- no one will tell you what to do, though they will sometimes provide guidance if asked, or as part of regular team operations. Work/life balance is great; everyone is given a CVO to support working from home, which can be expected when you're working with teams all around the world.

    Cons

    Everyone is doing their own thing. Sometimes the pieces come together to make a functioning product/service, but only at the lowest levels. The higher you go, the less likely it is that what you're working on will play nicely with what someone else is working on, and there is little broad leadership to tie all of the pieces together.

    Advice to Management

    There is more success among individuals than for the company at large. Help us help you with plans we can understand and implement. We know what the goals are, and we're all smart people, but we can't all row the boat in different directions at the same time.


  4. "Senior software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    good perks, nice gym, good career start

    Cons

    career growth is slow, promotions are normally tied to years of service not performance


  5. "Cisco"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great technology, good communication from senior management, flexibility

    Cons

    Complicated org structure, lots of layers


  6. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are interested in understanding every bit of networking industry. It has product portfolios in every segment of the network so switching from one area to other to get a good understanding of how everything comes together is best experienced here.

    Cons

    Change is hard to bring. It is just like sailing a huge ship with lots of constraints.

    Advice to Management

    There is hardly any accountability for non-performers. Bring fairness to promotions and bonus across different business units. While one BU overflows with PEs other BU is starved of well deserved promotions.


  7. "Cisco review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym on site with showers and towel, doctor on site, work from home flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of job security, constant lay offs/"restructuring", sometimes unreasonably heavy work loads, no set desk - primarily "mobile workspace"

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge workers more, give desks back, allow people to settle in where they spend most of their week. We are more than just a number

  8. "Business Analyst Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Culture at the company is great, emphasize work-life balance, and paid for housing for interns.

    Cons

    Took a while to get good projects.


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Great program with access and exposure to senior leadership.

    Cons

    There is a steep learning curve.


  10. "Cisco Systems Network Engineering Co-op"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    Hands on with almost every piece of gear sold by Cisco
    Time allotted for certification study
    Reasonable pay

    Cons

    University Relations is unorganized and uncommunicative


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