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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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  1. "Awesome"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work culture, benefits, car lease

    Cons

    there are no cons for cisco

    Advice to Management

    Doing great


  2. "Software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glostrup, Capital Region (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glostrup, Capital Region (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great bonus package and stock program

    Cons

    To much middle management that kills initiative and motivation. Little understanding of regional culture differences

  3. "Strategy and Planning"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative. Care about people.

    Cons

    sometimes our strategy is unclear. this is getting better though.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more role rotation opportunities


  4. "You're on your own (that's good and bad)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're given the tools you need to do your job and you're entrusted to "do the right thing" (that was in the orientation). There's a complete absence of micromanagement -- no one will tell you what to do, though they will sometimes provide guidance if asked, or as part of regular team operations. Work/life balance is great; everyone is given a CVO to support working from home, which can be expected when you're working with teams all around the world.

    Cons

    Everyone is doing their own thing. Sometimes the pieces come together to make a functioning product/service, but only at the lowest levels. The higher you go, the less likely it is that what you're working on will play nicely with what someone else is working on, and there is little broad leadership to tie all of the pieces together.

    Advice to Management

    There is more success among individuals than for the company at large. Help us help you with plans we can understand and implement. We know what the goals are, and we're all smart people, but we can't all row the boat in different directions at the same time.


  5. "not a bad place to work but the constant layoffs keep you looking over your shoulder"

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    Current Employee - Business Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Business Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    great work life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    low morale due to the constant layoffs

    Advice to Management

    make a decision and stick to it


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, benefits, remote work locations

    Cons

    It feels like a pressure cooker trying to make Wall Street happy!!

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. Tell them how they are doing and if you like their work, give them a pat on the back. If there's room for improvement, provide feedback so they can improve. Most of the time, there is no feedback until it's time for the yearly reviews.


  7. "It was lit"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything was lit af tbh.

    Cons

    Working environement lacks of big booties.

    Advice to Management

    Get them hoes to squat.

  8. "World class? Well ..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Linux Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong technology company. They have a huge global presence.

    Cons

    Right hand, meet your left! They hire & fire based on numbers. They do not like to get personal.


  9. "Excellent place to work; Great work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    World class campus with facilities for nearly everything
    Great people and very open culture
    Heart of innovation in areas like IoT

    Cons

    Work tends to get repetitive after sometime
    Not much learning


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for some."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home and some amazing talent great for new young people starting out.

    Cons

    Middle/low end management is turning the company into another Big Company. Lack of innovation.
    Ageist, they don't have retierment parties for any one just LR's.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to what made Cisco a great company and stick to what you were good at.


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