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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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  1. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Culture
    Customers
    Compensation
    Work/Life Balance
    Retirement and stock options

    Cons

    Large company
    Difficult path for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Create clear objectives / milestones for top employees to advance and grow their career.


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    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, good people. Company has strong core value, very invested in employee wellness, etc

    Cons

    Long hours, many employees have been there too long. Big company bureaucracy. Many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to keep the smartest, most motivated, vs those with the most connections.

  3. "System Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience.
    Hands on experience on Cisco products which are deployed across thousands of customers

    Cons

    Comparatively less compensation as compared to other companies


  4. "Sales Ops"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and smart people

    Cons

    Global projects mean non standard hours


  5. "Love to grow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager 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

    Work-life balance, career opportunity, mentorship, cultural communities (shameless plug for Connected Black Professionals), global community exposure, support for innovative ideas and early in career growth. Great benefits including tuition reimbursement, Time2Give for community service, and competitive health coverage.

    Cons

    Improving the current lay-off culture


  6. "Overall, Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    The people I worked with over my 10 years there were outstanding, and really made me look forward to coming into work everyday.

    Cons

    There was a leadership change in Digital Marketing that has really distorted what it means to be at Cisco. I would not recommend joining that department at this time.

    Advice to Management

    When management repeatedly lets go its most experienced employees without communicating a clear new strategic direction that explains it, it impacts morale and puts people on edge- since everyone thinks they might be next. Which then creates an environment where you can't really get the best out of people because they aren't sure if their efforts mean anything. Build relationships. Show employees that the company is invested in their future. Give them the opportunity to succeed. I know Cisco has the ability to do this, they just need better leadership in some places right now.


  7. "Telepresence Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting point for a somewhat niche field. Great for building upon career.

    Cons

    Contractor pay at low levels. Not much position to move up very often. As a contractor horrible benefits through contract companies.

  8. "Great place to learn and work"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great training program for graduates and fun place to work

    Cons

    Can get lost in the vastness of the company


  9. "Product Portfolio Program Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior PM
    Former Employee - Senior PM
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative and positively challenging. Lots of greattools for collaboration allowing telecommute when need be.

    Cons

    Can be siloed and slow to move certain things forward due to multiple steps to sign-off. Lay-offs happen overnight.

    Advice to Management

    keep on innovation and retain your talents for the long term. Cisco's reputation is tainted with too frequent mass lay offs.


  10. "A really good company, yet can improve!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global, flexibility of work location, and seems profitable. Very receptive to younger generation employees and tries to make fun, and not just work!

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, especially in leadership or managers. Lots of employees from Inida who do not understand US culture. Can make meetings and IT support very difficult and getting work done unproductive. Understanding how things work as a new employee is not very good; confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in tools and systems to support employees internally. Look at offering cultural understanding from country to country. Make management more diverse.


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