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Cisco Systems San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 358 reviews)

  • Big company - very specialized jobs (in 297 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balanece here at Cisco

    Cons

    hope I can earn more money


  2. "My Time at Cisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great large company to work for especially in Tech.
    Ton of resources and movement that happens in the company
    Family environment in most teams
    Solid corporate culture

    Cons

    Early in Career strategy needs more focus
    Cloud strategy
    Diversity strategy is causing a decrease in morale among employees of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Better on the job training for early in career would be highly encouraged. Not a clear level of expectation across the board. Employees across the same job get different levels of support or critique.


  3. "A great company who takes care of their employees."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits, remote work / work from home available. Fresh technology, equipment and fresh work spaces. Very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Engineering led org with little experience design. Politics are ever present and must be navigated carefully. Depending where you are located you may have to report to the main campus with frequency depending on your situation.


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  5. "Creative Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a freelancer working on and off for Cisco since 1999, I've had the opportunity to met the most amazing people in the US and abroad... truly amazing!!

    Cons

    With any organization this size the amount of stakeholders and other approval layers can bog down the flow of work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the core strengths that made this company great... keep innovating!!


  6. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Lead Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with. If working in the Meraki building, you get free lunch daily. Dogs allowed and you're not being micro managed. Great benefits, bonuses and competitive salary. Also if you work in Milpitas they redesigned the office space to feel like the SF location.

    Cons

    Communication is a huge challenge, it's like pulling teeth to know what is going on. I believe this is now changing. No process and no direction.


  7. "Lack of product direction"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I love working with driven and talented co-workers who are all collaborative.

    Cons

    I hate working on an all-remote team with no clear product direction that the tech lead couldn't say no to various features that kept being added to the codebase without a good reason. There was no product manager to refer to and no clear ultimate goal. The deadline for product launch kept getting pushed back because of project creep.


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    "Cisco is not the place it once was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, golden handcuffs, the people you work wih

    Cons

    Lack of leadership direction, layoffs layoffs layoffs. This company is a shell of what it once was since John retired. Management no longer has employees best interests at heart and half the year is wasted preparing for layoffs and then reorganizing.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what made Cisco such a successful company, the employees and start treating us with respect. THe people deal is just an excuse to lay folks off without cause.


  9. "review"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company and culture. Great benefits and work environment. Most managers are pretty empowering and the culture motivates leaders to encourage innovation, great work and empower their teams. Values are still held closely and there are big changes happening to ensure the company catches up with the changes in the technology industry and with the market transitions. Big changes in the HR function as well to move towards team based leadership and coaching leaders to be effective not as individuals but as team leaders.

    Cons

    As it is a large organization, one can lose focus and can get lost in the mammoth organization and its dynamics. It is important to have mentors and people who look out for.

    Cisco Systems Response

    Oct 6, 2016 – Vice President – Customer Services

    Thank you for your review. Our HR leadership team is working hard to influence all areas of the business to make our employees experience the best it can possibly be! We appreciate your feedback.


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plethora of talent to work with

    Cons

    Raises were few and far between

    Advice to Management

    It is 100% new management from when I was there


  11. "Senior Network Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefit and resource support is very good

    Cons

    I think there is no cons



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