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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  1. "Marketing"

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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

    work-life balance, benefits, great company values

    Cons

    engineering/sales-driven company, continuous limited restructuring


  2. "Consulting Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer 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

    Flexible, Role Exploration, Supportive, Inclusive,Forward-Thinking, Progressive,Opportunties to Lead, Talent Recruitment, ESPP, EROs, Career Advisory Programs

    Cons

    Seperation by FT/Contract (contractors seen as irrelevant at times), Not a lot of traveling

    Advice to Management

    As an Early In Career, Black Female Engineer, I have been blessed to work for such an amazing and inclusive company. My advice for management would be that you all should make more of an effort to understand those that report to you. Understand their strengths and weakness, and help position them for roles/opportunities that best align. 1:1 conversations shouldn't just happen with direct managers, but also with Directors and others in Senior Management. Allow your employees to grow and go, so they can continue to grow their skillset and you can continue to grow leaders.

  3. "Great place to work for and grow as a professional."

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are given a lot of resources to do your job. Relationship with coworkers and management is very smooth.

    Cons

    I wish they offered free food like other companies in the Silicon Valley.


  4. "great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Leader in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits which is hard to find in Dallas

    Cons

    Huge company, so comes with politics. And not a whole lot of innovation.


  5. "Enjoyed working at Cisco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovative company, keeps up with the times

    Cons

    Too many layoffs, employees always worried


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People lacking motivation"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice people layered across the motivation.

    Cons

    Hardly no motivation to improve. Company culture heavily focused on layoffs. Rigid "promo freezes" create weird culture where managers open "new reqs" to promote people instead of simply rewarding top contributors. Loosen up the OpEx and you will likely retain top talent, thereby driving revenue growth.

    Advice to Management

    You don't promote top talent. You are too focused on cutting headcount and operating expenses and yet you wonder why revenue continues to decline yearly. Not really a rocket science problem here. Also, it's a bad look when you have "promotion freezes" and yet you give VPs and SVPs huge RSUs. The Canada Sales VP gets a 500K signing bonus, yet you can't give out a 5K bonus to any of your workers? Poor money management. Focus on rewarding top contributors or else they will leave.


  7. "Bla"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good People, Good For Early in Career

    Cons

    Poor Management that Will throw you out over 48-50 years old

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your customer. Focus on your customer.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company but..."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company in terms of benefits, etc.

    Cons

    Job satisfaction....you may not find it because trying to get anything done is a long convoluted process.

    Advice to Management

    streamline and simplify....too much management.


  9. "Good place to work if you are on the right job"

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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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    Have to be working on newest trends to thrive
    Continual pruning of staff to make room for acquisitions
    Only four weeks of PTO regardless of tenure

    Advice to Management

    Give people the opportunity to move around instead of just
    paying lip service to it


  10. "Overall good place to work"

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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

    Awesome Flexibility, great benefits, great work life balance

    Cons

    constant layoffs, changing strategy, lean teams.


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