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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "None"

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

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

    Pros

    The engineers are skilled and knowledgable.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't give Product Managers freedom to try new things. Culture is risk-averse.


  2. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Layoffs have created a culture that often does not foster collaboration

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Manager"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great balance of work and life.

    Cons

    Lack of energy, lack of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Management or technical leadership team decision process is more about CYA, not making the necessary trade off. Pay attention to detail and take risk.


  4. "Not the Cisco of the 90's and early 2000's"

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    Former Employee - Engineering IC in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering IC in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees outside Silicon Valley. Respectable benefits for Silicon Valley Companies.
    Generally higher than average local salaries than other companies in RTP.
    Many opportunities to learn and grow professionally, so long as you drive your growth.
    Top-notch people to work with in US.
    Complex technology.
    Cisco culture. Have a serious family emergency, or even minor, most groups understand and always say take care of your family. wonderful examples of employees out for 5 months with medical issues, Cisco and individual team took care of them and family. Child out with serious illness, again most groups really pitch in to help out.
    Long term, short term disability outside California is not as good as CA, but better than most companies in RTP. Parental leave meets local laws, but not equel throughout company.
    IC's allowed to make deisions
    PTO at 4 wks starting can't be beat.

    Cons

    Cisco is very risk adverse for long term projects. Some are ahead of their time, but company not willing to develop market or save product for when market is available.
    New products only seem to build on existing. Market share loss to cloud vendors, etc. New Security services along with Advanced Sere vices pulling in most of money
    Work loads can vary by groups. Yearly layoffs becoming a thing. Seems that it's quicker and less expensive to lay off top technical people and hire new ones with some new expertise, rather that really invest in and develop current dedicated staff.
    Mobile worker cubes and open work environments not conducive to burying your head into work.
    I'm sure there are far worse places to work in North Carolina

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE change risk attitudes from the top down, please! Take the big risks- ones that may take several years to pan out- just like Google, Amazon, GE, Tesla, Microsoft.
    Please stop being afraid of leaving core competencies. Use your world-class engineering staff to dream, and dream big. Develop products that rival the success Cisco IP Phones, CCM, and Unified Communications, capitalize on it, and promote the company brand with the public again, so that they notice the Cisco phones in Petsmart and Home Depot.

    Finally, the mobile worker cubes don't actually help morale or productivity for core Engineering staff. Most of us couldn't hear ourselves think. Engineer staff need to collaborate, but at the same time need a dedicated location (not at home) to think, plan, and code. I had difficult time staying focused, plus no room for my Webster's dictionary, Thesaurus, Marketing and Technical Doc Style guides.


  5. "Ethics Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with bright people in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    focus on short term profits results in repeated layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize layoffs.
    Improve opporunities for raises.


  6. "Massive identity Crisis - not for the faint of heart"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with some talented people and some opportunity if you are in the right place at the right time . Cisco also highly values its corporate culture and identity, and has taken recent strides to create a newer, more modern work culture to the best of its ability.

    Cons

    Large company with lots of places for un-talented, lazy people to hide. You may also find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time working for/with the wrong person or people.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it's easier to start over on a new piece of paper than to try and erase all the words you've already written and call that paper clean.


  7. "innovative but paranoid and not very loyal"

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    Former Employee - Senior SQA Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior SQA Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a big company with a lot of great employees and a lot of innovation. Cisco does not want to join the long list of previously great Silicon Valley companies that missed a market transition. They are constantly trying new strategies (which gets a little exhausting at times, throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks). I think the salary, bonus, and RSUs for top performers are very strong.

    Cons

    2005-2014 I thought Cisco was a great place to work, but not a good stock to own. Now it is kind of the opposite. If your Business Unit is not growing by 10% annually, you will get your budget cut proportionally and that money will go to the growing BUs. Our BU growth slowed, and we got cut a little in 2014, a LOT in 2016, and now again in 2017 including me.

    Advice to Management

    Work a LOT harder to find homes for employees you are laying off, because we are smart, hard working, and loyal to you! You paid me a lot of money to go away in this LR.

  8. "Your experience really depends on the team you're in"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements (work from home)
    Pretty good benefits
    Good and supportive coworkers
    Company name is well-known by people

    Cons

    Long hours, but this depends on your team and your product
    Lots of Layoffs


  9. "It's okay"

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    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

    1. Peers and seniors are very helpful.
    2. Flexibility in working is really awesome.
    3. Gym & fitness center rocks (in SJ campus).

    Cons

    1. Project development is kinda slow.
    2. Poor documentation
    3. Performance feedback system is kinda poor.

    Advice to Management

    Provide honest feedback and proper critique which will aid in measuring performance of your employees.


  10. "Not much to say"

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    Former Contractor - Tech Writer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Contractor - Tech Writer in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote working, driven people. Nice office space.

    Cons

    3 month contract. Couldn't learn Metal in that time. Trainer didn't want to train.


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