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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1707 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 847 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company in the middle of a transformation"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, very wide breadth of scope for engineering

    Cons

    Politics, Legacy Business, Brand Value, Management and Board is very C-Suite Friendly, Too much redundancy at Director and higher levels

    Advice to Management

    Be Bold and let engineering take tough decisions, ensure pyramid scheme don't form in the organization

    Cisco Systems Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the review. Will definitely take your advice back to management. We're glad you like the wide scope for the engineering roles!


  2. "program manager"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, flexible work hours

    Cons

    bad compensation, no value and recognition

    Advice to Management

    don't play politics and favor people


  3. "Good place for engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PCB Designer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - PCB Designer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great support, good benefits, autonomy

    Cons

    Tendency to button hole people. If you're good at something, that's all you'll do.

    Advice to Management

    Let people move around to different projects and groups.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Thanks for your review! I'd agree - there is great support for employees at Cisco. We'll pass along your advice - have you tried maybe a stretch assignment?! It's a great program for just that ... More


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  5. "a company worth returning to"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Boxborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the most intelligent, innovative, and influential engineers in the computer networking industry developing next generation networking products. The salary and benefits are at or above average compared to other large companies. They provide a very good work/life balance but the job still provides challenges and opportunities for growth. They acknowledge and reward employees for going the extra mile or putting in the extra effort.

    Cons

    Most of the decisions and visibility is in CA and that can have a significant impact on remote groups. Software development is primarily based on legacy architecture which doesn't provide the ability to program in many languages besides C.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – Social Media Manager

    Working with the best people is half the battle, right? I'd agree - the people are the best part! I also work in a remote location, so I can understand your concerns there - I find that as long as I ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not as good as they used to be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good ideas. Good niches. Good head start in a variety of areas. Support for volunteering. Support for continued education.

    Cons

    Poor execution. Rushing things. The management chain is more interested in making themselves look good than doing what it right for the customer. They are cutting staff to make things look more profitable, which is a failing long term strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of rushing things to market, do them right. Customers don't care about bells and whistles, they want reliable solutions that work every time. Don't cut staff to be more profitable when it impacts customer sat, and employee moral.


  7. "Account Manager"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well paid, great benefits, RSU's if you can get them.

    Cons

    getting too big, politics, not nimble anymore


  8. "great workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved that place but had to move

    Cons

    big company, you have to make your own path


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not a Place for Age 50+"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and many very bright colleagues. If you are in the right organization, the fast-paced leading edge work can be very energizing. Many opportunities to learn and keep skills and knowledge current.

    Cons

    The culture has shifted tremendously over the last 5 or 6 years and politics is rampant. There is a systematic effort to get rid of older employees despite their qualifications. Although there are some very good managers, there is an equal number of poor managers. Too many shoot from the hip decisions being made.


  10. "Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and location, ability to contribute and make an impact, ability to work with different cultures around the globe, good benefits package

    Cons

    Networking industry is tough at the moment, with fierce competition among incumbents and disruptive smaller companies, software-defined everything is eating away at traditional product-based sales so the need for more creative networking solutions is paramount

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility in work hours and locations makes working at Cisco great, and is a unique selling point in the market place versus the competition.


  11. "Flexibility"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Work from Home, Good people

    Cons

    Open working environment. .Below average salary


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