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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1756 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 870 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 370 reviews)

  • a big company like Cisco normally has less efficiency system (in 304 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Work/Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA ETL Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - QA ETL Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    benefits are alright though most start past 6 months
    pay is good
    looks good on resumé

    Cons

    -work life balance is very poor (salary employees are basically modern day slaves)
    -everything is dependent on your relationship with manager (remote work, any shift in hours from 9-5, etc.)
    -job duties are unclear
    -team not involved in technical decisions
    -remote work is discouraged for most but not all employees even of the same position on the same team.
    -non technical managers leading IT teams (database, etl, developers)
    -very inclusive environment, not for people who keep business professional
    -everyone wants to be friends, lots of managers show outright nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to make everyone seem like friends and just let the workplace be a professional environment. Non technical people should not lead technical teams, it takes longer to explain things to them than it would to just complete the task.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Oct 15, 2016 – Cisco Employee

    It's quite apparent that you are not satisfied with your experience and we will certainly take your review into consideration as we improve our culture and teams.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Best days are long behind Cisco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fat margins and weak competition in core (but declining) routing/switching businesses mean you can milk the cow without working too hard.

    Cons

    Every year, Cisco hires thousands of younger (and offshore) workers and fires thousands of mid-career professionals.

    Advice to Management

    $15 billion in stock buybacks? You can't think of anything better to do with that money?


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Inept Development Execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very profitable
    Wide range of products

    Cons

    Unable to make a product plan that lasts more than 6 months
    Zero loayalty to their employees, change plans by laying off and hiring

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to the effect of layoff/hire method has on the people you want to keep. Cisco employees are justifiably no longer loyal to the company.


  4. "My worse employment experience in a company with amazing solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - QA Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - QA Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Big company with lots of great resources available to perform your job efficiently
    - Descent food at a reasonable price
    - Working for such an well-known global company makes you standout as far as resume or in networking events
    - Amazing products and solutions

    Cons

    - Extremely hard, and depending on the group, impossible to grow within the company
    - Ecosystem of multiple companies and vendors makes communication among department and groups very difficult
    - 70% of the people I know in the company are contractors, that like me, has no benefit
    - Bellow-average salary for contractors, but it will depend a lot on which group you are in
    - Company is not as diverse as it claims: Basically you have few whities on management and corporate, and a massive troop of engineers.
    - Major of the open positions listed on the website, are not really open, they are there for another reason
    - If you work by hours, be prepare to work few extra hours for free, as usually Cisco negotiate with third-party companies the price of projects and many of those companies squeeze those projects in fewer hours. My whole team is paid less hours than actually worked, I don't know how Cisco can get away without trouble.

    Advice to Management

    If the strategy is saving costs on benefits using contractor workers as your major workforce, make sure to watch each of the vendors closely to avoid major law suits.


  5. "Security is a formality. Parking is not enforced. Break rooms do not exist."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a job. It helps to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Security is a major issue. People without badges gain access to buildings by following employees with badges. Others directly borrow badges from employees with badges. Literally, any psycho can get into the buildings. The onsite security vehicles drive around but don't really patrol the area on foot for potential issues.
    Security is just a formality. When it comes to parking there is no enforcement so many people park in blue stalls reserved for people with mobility issues without a permit and for extended periods of time, including workers from companies like Redwood Electrical Group. Some park with larger vehicles in stalls for compact cars. The vehicles clearly do not fit and go overboard so they end up parking over the lines. Some people take two stalls because they think they are more important. The fine is a minimum of $250 but nobody fines the jerks.
    They tore down the inside of building 1 and all the break rooms are gone so employees and contractors are pissed off because they feel they are worth nothing and there is a huge lack of respect. After they tore the entire interior, there is no place for eating anymore, not even a room with a crappy table for people to have lunch which is, by the way and under the law, a right of any worker. Right now they threw all the break room stuff under the stairs. Some idiots use the microwaves to cook food instead of warming food so you end up waiting for 10-15 minutes in line to warm your own food. I wonder who is the dummy that is so completely disconnected from reality to allow such a plan to go underway.

    Advice to Management

    Take security seriously, get somebody to enforce parking and have some respect for your workers.


  6. "DevOps Manaager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's loaded with cash and you get to work with a lot of very smart people.

    Cons

    Annual layoff and people are not working as a team. You have lots of rock stars with big egos.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making stupid decisions like acquiring a company then laid everyone off in two years.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "When's the Next Cut Coming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Manager in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great virtual work policy....work where you please
    great tools for collaborating, especially Jabber (IM) and WebEx
    exciting to work for a major company that helps shape the tech industry
    Good severance if you are let go in the layoff, ahem, limited restructuring

    Cons

    Horrendously unstable
    Bad communications with employees
    So much lost time and effort wiped out each time layoffs; teams spend years developing great process and tools and then its all wiped out in a few weeks
    Employee paranoia -- when's the next cut coming

    Advice to Management

    Do some planning for a year at least
    Provide some stability to your workers
    Stop saying the "Cisco family"...its disingenous...be honest, we are a ruthless business and you are just a cog...we'd respect you more


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Changing and not for the better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Top notch compensation. Excellent work life balance. Excellent training programs particularly for new sales engineers and senior leaders.

    Cons

    Cisco is changing for the worse. While compensation is top notch, the (at least annual) layoffs and re-org/strategy changes do take a toll on personal psyche as well as your organization's ability to deliver. Senior leadership now seem to be "consultant MBA types" or mediocre engineering program managers rather than people who want to build products that customers want to buy. Accountability is completely lacking at middle levels of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Measure people and teams based upon execution and give them the flexibility to deliver rather than hamstring them with process and re-orgs

    Cisco Systems Response

    Sep 27, 2016 – Cisco Employee

    Thank you for your review. We are striving to make improvements in the company and will take your feedback into consideration.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Employees don't matter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of wonderful people work here. They started adding snacks to all the newly configured blogs with collaborative workspaces.

    Cons

    Upper management only rewards their friends and don't really care about the people. The new collaborative workspaces are absolutely horrible!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Insurance and perks available

    Cons

    My team is not flexible on work hours. Salary not competitive and not great at all if compared with cost of living. Managers have room to improve. It does not feel like a silicon valley company. It offers advantages of a startup but no benefits.
    Lay offs are brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Better manager, and clear goals (no fillers like goals from some powerpoint)

    Cisco Systems Response

    Sep 20, 2016 – Cisco Employee

    We will take your suggestions into consideration and working to improve our leadership through trainings across the board.


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