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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. "New Product Program Manager"

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    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility to control your time and manage work life balance...great for working parents, especially if both work full time. Co-workers are diverse with lots of immigrant background, lots of Asian, so I never feel outcasted as a first generation Asian women. Great benefits which keep getting better, including paid family leave, backup home care, etc. Easy to move around within the company, job rotation is highly encouraged.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up if that's your ambition, sometimes feel a bit too political.


  2. "BEST company I've ever worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Systems Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Partner Systems Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is absolutely fantastic. Managers are trained to be managers and handle people effectively. I love coding as spare activities, my manager encourages this and it has led to very creative and interesting results. We feel like part of a family and the benefits are outstanding. I just told my parents 'hey this colleage gave me $100 on a connected recognition award because I helped him outside my normal activities" and they were like 'wait, you guys send MONEY to each other just because?" and I explained, not just because, there is a way for us to recognize one another with giftcards, of course supervised and honor-based. They could NOT believe it. sometimes neither can I. Tons of benefits. would recommend 10/10.

    Cons

    some roles (like mine) are not fully mobile, meaning I need to visit partners every now and then, this doesn't allow me to go for example to a friend's apartment in new york and work from there, and explore NYC at night. (just an example).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! I know you're Listening to us staff contributors, and sometimes you're between a rock and a hard place. Assign your quarterly performance key-sales-objectives - KSO taking into account what we LIKE to do and what we're supposed to do anyway, we'll feel great getting paid for it!

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. 401K and perks are one of the best in bay area. If you show initiative, you can grow faster.

    Cons

    Very big company. So takes a long time for anything to happen. Frequent reorgs happen. You can get complacent very easily.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a good balance of junior to senior members in the team. Secondly managers should focus on documentation.


  4. "Good work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Work/life balance (work from home) are good. People are intelligent.

    Cons

    Growing level of bureaucracy is making it difficult to enable innovative changes quickly.


  5. "BEST COMPANY EVER!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote Work, Work Life Balance, Competitive Pay, Nice Bonus, Great People, strong leadership, lots of internal movement.

    Cons

    Don't get recognized for work/projects, management opportunities are filled by other managers, and very hard to get promoted to a higher level in your current role.

    Advice to Management

    When management opportunities come available, don't move other managers into that role. Give your dedicated employees a chance to become managers. If not, at least promote into a higher grade in their current role. Give them a chance to excel.


  6. "Cisco Internship"

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

    Pros

    Free food 24/7, mechanical tables, nice people.

    Cons

    Sometimes I had to scrap assignments because they weren't "needed" anymore


  7. "Happy Cisco Employee!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High Touch Operations Manager (HTOM) in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - High Touch Operations Manager (HTOM) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Direct Manager, Customer Focused, Work/Life Balance, Supportive of career development within the company, Supportive of ongoing education/training.

    Cons

    Any of the Cons I would list are ones that are faced by most very large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep reaching out, asking for one-on-ones to discuss goals or just how the workload is going. These frequent touch points allow for a more open line of communication.

  8. "Companys culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Open, honest and transparent with opporutnities to learn

    Cons

    Company has grown and portfolio is too big


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    "Team Lead"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and WFH options.

    Cons

    Cut throat environment where some orgs wouldn't help other orgs because of the internal competition to deliver first.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so secretive about the laypffs, just say we are doing then on such and such dates ... seemed to slow down progress for 4 months a year because of all the speculations!


  10. "EDUCATION SPECIALIST"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E-Service Training Dev in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - E-Service Training Dev in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While I was there, Cisco was an outstanding company who always supported their employees in any effort to improve. Upon manager approval, they would pay a significant cost for any college course (as long as you pass). They also support many service opportunities for employees. I volunteered numerous hours with coworkers at Second Harvest Food Bank, the American Red Cross and RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching). Cisco will donate $10 per hour of your donated time to the non-profit for which you volunteered.

    Cons

    Too frequent restructuring and changes in management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer.


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