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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1771 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 881 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 373 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer 2"

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

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

    Pros

    High pay
    great perks
    401k is good

    Cons

    crap work
    still using old tehnologies


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Cisco Jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, friendly team.
    Pay is ok with bonus and ESPP.

    Cons

    If you don't know somebody from the management team, be aware.
    You will be kicked out and after 6 months they will hire you back as a contractor since the ones who are friends with the management team stayed but can not do anything...
    They will cut your pay to 40% or more without any benefit and you will do the job to cover for those mentioned above...

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Cisco Webex Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking, perks and benefits are strong, though Webex/Collaboration business unit underpays relative to other business units.

    Cons

    Rapid management turnover while there. Consultants running amok. Company was looking to deep dive into their customer usage data to pull out lots of insights. Probably a privacy concern for companies that use Webex for sensitive meetings...

    Advice to Management

    Hire nice people. Retain nice people. Don't rely on contractors and consultants to run your business or develop your product. Treat your customers right. Don't abuse their trust.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Cisco software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Allow you to work remotely

    Cons

    I joined with a good salary 5 years ago as a new grad out of college, and I have seen only ONE increment of 5% in the last 5 years. It was not like I was not doing good. They kept doing re-orgs and rotated me under different managers. Each manager said I needed to establish myself with him. And each one promised me a promotion next year which didnt happen. I saw other people in other groups getting promoted or salary hiked much faster and here I am slogging under one manager after another, sometimes doing junk work that the technical leads themselves do not want to take. I stayed on because they gave me flexibility to work from home which I needed as I was facing some family issues. I looked outside and landed up with an offer that directly gave me a 45% hike. Happy to get out of here finally! I would not advise young people to join Cisco unless they know they are getting the right pay, the right recognition and growth in their careers. Each group is different, not every group need to be like mine. But move out as soon as you find out you are stagnating or you are not being just-fully rewarded/promoted, within 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not do ratings based on the peers in the same grade, but based on individual's performance and what is needed for that project. Promotions and salary hikes become too political, especially when you are under a new manager vs a seasoned manager who might have a good rapport with the director.


  5. "Legendary reputation...some BU's have serious issues..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice perks. Everyone gets access to the fitness center and issued this nice towel. Shame you're not in a frame of mind to USE them unless you're in the right groups. There's no cafeteria One of the buildings had one they shuttered- but they have this nifty self-serve convenience store stuffed in part of where they had the caf. Debit card only. Security monitoring since you're not on an honor system with it.

    Cons

    Pros end with what I describe. Management's clearly lost, with nobody sound at the helm. The mass layoffs you hear about are partly due to their insistence on being multicultural, partly because many of the people involved with anything other than their original core businesses, switching and routing, have this disturbing and shocking lack of understanding of general networking, IP networking, or the like. They're "good" with things like 802.11 OTA/OTW frames, but behaviors due to spanning tree and the like? Forget it. And it shows. Look at the reviews of their WAP371AK9 1200AC AP. If you're doing something simple, it works reasonably well. Try to use the claimed features? Whooo... Simply put, if you're in anything other than the Unified Communications or Switching and Routing BU's, you're in for a trip into hell and they have as high as a 10% attrition rate from regular *ANNUAL* RIFs. Worse, you have to scrape and scrounge for almost ALL hardware you need to do your job, including the PC's. NOT what I would consider to be a good thing with a company such as Cisco.

    Advice to Management

    Surgically remove your heads from your backsides. Your name is about to quit carrying you forward and you're going to flush the company down the crapper. Meraki's being treated as "GOD, come down to earth" and they only do "well" in mesh WiFi work from the spun off RoofNet project (which, by the by, any fool can turn around and obtain that code core from MIT...)- they *DO NOT* have the answers regarding much of anything else and unifying the codebases...heh... GUT your Wireless BU and START OVER.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Extreme caution - Trending negative in multiple areas"

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

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

    Pros

    Many Perks for "some" select positions. Nothing others do not offer. Work from home. Flexible hours but heavy load and long days. On campus medical and gyms now. On Campus cafeterias. A good manager is rare but if you end up with one they will let you guide your career. Employee stock purchase program.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Job Titles are diminished and not factual. As of 2015 reverting back to political structure of "good ole boys" network, VERY Political and NOT customer focused. Power hungry managers prefer to strip down the inside. Nortel Mentality has set in. Unable to execute any concepts advertised , smoke and mirrors. Focused on hiring Very low wage college graduates at sub par salaries- expect 30 to 40k less at Cisco. Inclusion and diversity is failing by taking unqualified employees and rising them to high pay , high ranking positions simply based on race and or sex. This is having a horrible impact on the customer and the business. If you like to keep the same salary forever, never move up , just lateral and you enjoy being stripped of your confidence, and you like to worry monthly about being laid off or fired then this is the gig for you! As of 2016 Cisco is failing hard. The new CEO is not business or tech, he is a ,math major. The original CEO still on the board runs the business via proxy. Cisco has had a history of success through acquisitions, that is why they are the Borg. This is failing now. Expect massive layoffs in FY16 and FY17 as they outsource more and cut staff. Internal training has dried up. The internal rating system is fixed and the employee has little if any say.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! There are serious internal problems that are starting to bleed out. These are having a direct impact on the business and the customer. Cisco does not just need technical innovation it needs leadership and a focus on services. The routing and switching market is dying, Hang on to that and become Nortel, Fix internal issues. Bring back a fair rating system. Cisco has positioned itself to strong arm the employee. Shameful


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sucks to be and older engineer at Cisco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Latest and greatest for network equipment and 40Gb+ optical stuff.

    Cons

    Just remember that Cisco is a company run by sales people. The engineers are an unfortunate evil required to sell more equipment. If the senior executives could get rid of of the engineers ( or replace them with engineers from India or China ) they would.

    Advice to Management

    Acquiring companies to avoid having to invest in engineering is a valid strategy, but boy it sucks when you are one of the engineers that get acquired.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "OUTSOURCING"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility and account team is nice

    Cons

    outsourced our jobs to costa rica


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely risky job"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interview was easy
    cooperative people
    flexible work schedule

    Cons

    They reviewed their budget and kicked 25 people (I know of) out in the middle of the day saying that they do not have work for them any more. It was crazy yet extremely unethical. They do similar things with even full time people.

    Too much South Indian cultural. IT area is not diverse at all, South Indians only.

    Advice to Management

    Please add diversity in work environment. Provide some job security and do not treat professional people like a day labor.


  10. "good company to work for"

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

    Pros

    great company! Keep up the good work. Good wok life balance.

    Cons

    Give people more leeway to change jobs more often.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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