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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1732 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 862 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 365 reviews)

  • Big company that requires process in order to function (in 303 reviews)

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  1. "Best times seem to be over"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    global leader
    professional company
    challanging and interesting assignments
    number and goal oriented
    flexible work environment
    less control, freedom to run your business indepenently: just deliver results

    Cons

    need for lots of self motivation
    tough market environment, best times are over for the time being
    heavy competition
    yearly reorgs with lots of lay offs
    short sighteds and fast changing strategies

    Advice to Management

    walk your talk
    about time to establish proper hr and people management
    don`t overdue your cost cuttings and constant reorgs,
    stick to startegies longer than one quarter


  2. "Great Company with excellent culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Work life balance. Excellent Culture

    Cons

    Mature industry, career may not grow


  3. "Good place to work"

    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

    Not much micro management as long as you get your work done, work from home sometimes

    Cons

    Seems unstable, lots of reorganizing


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  5. "Great place to work"

    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

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

    Pros

    Greater flexibility in the scheduling of work hours.
    Great collaboration tools that help to better communicate with colleagues and customers.
    Very friendly environment.

    Cons

    It can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible for your work/life balance


  6. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Health benefits are good. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow in career.

    Cons

    Nothing that i can think of.


  7. "Good company"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    frequent layoffs damages employee morale.


  8. "Une multinationale qui donne beaucoup de persepctives"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Progresse et changement continue, possibilités d’évoluer dans la matrice de postes, aussi bien horizontalement, salaires relativement haut sur le marché

    Cons

    beaucoup d’acquisitions dernièrement, donc beaucoup de silo a l’intérieur de la société, hiérarchie a beaucoup de niveaux, réorganisations très fréquentes

    Advice to Management

    évoluer et élargir le département RH, pour un support plus proche et plus empowered


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Leader in Boxborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Golden handcuffs are very heavy.

    Cons

    Poor management. Sweatshop. Your job isn't safe.

    Advice to Management

    Flush.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Business Development Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still,pockets of great people and culture. Work life balance. Los of Resources available to employees. Benefits and ESP is great.

    Cons

    Poor leaders in pockets. Smoke and mirrors with little innovation and creativity. Leadership style is fear and intimidation. Several VPs are only worried about managing upward. They don't stand up for the people. If you are over 40 and white and male you are a target for layoffs. Layoffs are on going and have been for 7 years they never end so job security is always on your mind. Slowly a fading company.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people which is what made Cisco great. Who wants to work and give their heart to a company who will only lay them off. The layoffs have to stop or pay the piper with low morale and less people caring which has tipped the scale more don't do. It's just a job vs career.


  11. "Ok Compnay"

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

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

    Pros

    the health care benefits are really good.

    Cons

    slow moving machine, no free anything anymore.

    Advice to Management

    decide faster


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