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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Business ARchitect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Business Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Architect in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovation and opportunities

    Cons

    equality of Pay throught out manaegment chain


  2. "A start up feel company with a corporate core"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SaaS Sales Executive
    Current Employee - SaaS Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch as a blue badge (direct full-time, not contractor) with really cheap medical-vision-dental, employee discounts through major companies like Apple and Verizon, 401k with matching, adoption services, and more
    Pay is good (50-50 split with $90k average OTE for starting rep) but definitely not the best for the industry.
    Company laptop and credit card
    Ability to self manage your territory most of the time
    Can bring your dog to work
    Very mod office environment

    Cons

    Upper management (directors and executives) largely seems to come from positions unrelated to what they manage so they do not understand the job.
    Does little to fix the real problems preventing sales peoples success like a lack of marketing, sales reps having to do double duty as support, or a consistent way to bring in new business other than pray.
    Will throw money at problems in hopes it looks like they are doing their jobs as management without actually doing a lot of help.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to lower management and the sale reps so you can better understand how the role works and better support your teams. Throwing money at a problem like hiring motivational speakers, third party lead/data generation companies, etc. can only take you so far. The rest requires real on the job knowledge combined with a long term marketing vision. Please take this seriously as we all want to earn money.


  3. "Overall Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Network Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall Good Experience working there.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.


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  5. "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work / life balance, strong leadership, connected strategy and priorities from top to bottom, flawless execution

    Cons

    Global company requires early and late evening calls to collaborate w/ offshore India teams

    Cisco Systems Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the review! Global teams are so important to success, and you're right, sometimes that means being flexible for all involved. Our team tries to move meetings around so that there's never ... More


  6. "Market leader driving change in the world."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Progressive company with top notch talent, systems, and strategy.

    Cons

    Assumes talent will deliver great leadership c/o on-the-job experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in growing strong Managers with Leadership potential.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Love that you mentioned Cisco as "driving change in the world" - I'd agree! Cisco has several projects underway right now to help managers grow, hopefully you'll see evidence of that as they roll ... More


  7. "sr. mgr"

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

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

    Pros

    technology, benifits, pay, and lots of very talented people

    Cons

    leadership and layoffs - leadership does not walk the talk and you are always looking over your shoulder for the next layoff. People jockeying for position with leaders to protect themselves from layoffs rather than truly working as a team.

    Advice to Management

    look outside of your own network or org. when looking at leaders. lots of promotions happening for people connected to execs.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the review! I've been really encouraged with the roll out of the new development space, helping employees gain skills so they can continue to grow as the market changes. Hopefully, that ... More


  8. "employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, great managers

    Cons

    constant layoffs, political, no free food


  9. "Human Resources"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    CEO shows vision & integrity in leading company. Cisco offers flexible telecommuting options, good benefits and strong emphasis on donating & supporting the global community

    Cons

    Cisco does not reach the majority of people with its annual salary review process


  10. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent infrastructure.
    Varies from team to team

    Cons

    Management is not transparent.
    Possible to be laid off anytime


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a great place to have a career whether you are new in career or a seasoned pro.

    Cons

    Driving out seasoned employees for a younger workforce; trading experience, long term relationships and productivity for less cost to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Value your long time employees as they have the embedded relationships and know who to talk to to get things done quickly.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Feb 22, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Appreciate that feedback, will pass it on. A multi-generational workforce is what will make Cisco great! ~C



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