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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1715 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 852 reviews)

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  1. "The Darker Side of being a Contractor at Cisco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Contractor - Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a contractor, work totally remote to mitigate the "challenge" of being treated as "invisible" by Cisco full time employees.

    Cons

    Contract job descriptions that do not match the reality when you start; Inconsistent communication, feedback and direction by Cisco mid-level management; Contract work used by Cisco staff who "make it their own" giving no credit and creating false impressions to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your inconsistent practices (varies by BU) towards contract workers that give you one of the worst reputations in Silicon Valley. Your management does not have to be indifferent, insensitive and show contemptuous disrespect towards talented contract workers. Some day each of you could be in the same position and many contractors would find it hard to share your pain.


  2. "Red Badge employees are treated differently"

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

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

    Pros

    Great customers and they do not care the color of the badge. Fellow employees were supportive and provided a good work environment.

    Cons

    Horrible management and if you are not a blue badge you are treated worse.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is an employee Red or Blue badge.


  3. "Egregious managers"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems as an intern

    Pros

    SDN and IoT work is early stage and exciting

    Cons

    Uncommunicative, unsympathetic, micro-managing managers with very shallow ideas and no direction.
    Hire-and-fire policy, applied even on interns
    Lifeless working environment

    Advice to Management

    Technical people can make extremely bad managers, keep a check and invest in good middle management


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "do not work hear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It will dead end your carrer, No innovation

    Cons

    Company has no loyalty to employees as a result people do want ever they feel like.
    No control on company costs and employee spending.
    Changes direction faster than any other company because they do not know what they want to do


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fire contractor as noob"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a huge company! It's a huge company! It's a huge company!

    Cons

    Never work for Cisco Systems as a contractor! Never work for Cisco Systems as a contractor! Never work for Cisco Systems as a contractor!

    Advice to Management

    Worst management ever! Worst management ever! Worst management ever! Worst management ever!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cisco Systems Boulder Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible work hours. Office is located in Boulder Colorado. A lot of sharp co-workers. If you get your full bonus, compensation is decent.

    Cons

    Terrible local senior management. No possibility for growth. Facility keeps shrinking. Poor work/life balance - 24/7 pager duty. The site is always scrambling for work.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management comes from Avaya and needs to learn a different style of management. Reviews are very subjective instead of objective. Also reviews are used as punishment instead of constructive feedback.


  8. "kick the old guys out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Se III in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    new crowd of young folks to abuse

    Cons

    not much clever backtalk from older wiseguys

    Advice to Management

    you're getting older too. karma is a female dog.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Treats employees like poker chips"

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

    Pros

    Flexible work-from-home policy. Reasonably good benefits.

    Cons

    Cisco is an engineering company run by Sales people. Always has and probably always will be. This shows in the way they are always chasing the cash flow instead of thinking about what lies ahead in the world of networking.

    This is why the missed the whole Cloud computing market and when they finally found it, they fell back on their old game of trying to lock-in the customer with a proprietary (no matter what they may say) solution. The world isn't buying that any more.

    Not to worry, they can just layoff staff and buy more with a technology that's currently hot.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to quietly retire and let your employees breath.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of Team Culture and Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Stayed at the company because telecommuting is a great perk. But at some point, you wonder if that is enough to offset the kind of poor management and unhealthy team dynamic. Note this is dependent on the team you're on. Company culture as a whole is not bad.

    Cons

    Lots of strong individual contributors get promoted but I've seen too many of those promoted to people managers who make terrible bosses. The worst part is they were able to get promoted because of political savvy so even the type of bullying, micromanagement, and all sorts of management nightmares go undetected by most with their subtle harassment.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the middle management. Actually make people managers accountable for their actions based on their reports' feedback.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Typical, big company ineptitude"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Operations in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, 401k and benefits

    Cons

    Work from home quickly becomes work at all hours

    Advice to Management

    Quit, and hand the reigns to a younger, more dynamic group of leaders.


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