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Cisco Systems San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work environment, people

    Cons

    Changing industry, some work force reorganizations

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving into new businesses


  2. "Great place to work, some patience necessary"

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    Current Employee - Business Analysis Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analysis Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, flexible hours, interesting problems to solve, and fun people to solve problems with

    Cons

    Older parts of the company (both Cisco HQ and recently acquired startups) are reluctant to change their ways, and enjoy grand standing on seniority. Also, some colleagues have extreme alpha male tendencies, which can make for an uncomfortable new-hire environment.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how current employees treat those who are less senior, or less high-status, when considering their potential for management. Those who are only pleasant towards upper management, yet difficult towards colleagues and team members, are not good additions to the company.

  3. "Stable environment, great people"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of teams to choose from, relatively easy to transfer internally. Plenty of opportunity if you are willing to put in the effort and occasionally reinvent yourself. One of the safest places to be if you expect an economic downturn. Mobile-worker friendly.

    Cons

    RSU's are reserved for the higher ups and the stock doesn't grow much anyway. It's about the salary and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to recognize star performers and prevent them from getting picked off by the newer shinier younger tech companies


  4. "Great long term"

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    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to move within the company.

    Cons

    Just like an big corporation; slow moving.

    Advice to Management

    Not to pass blame down the line when pressure is high.


  5. "Cisco is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technologies and products to work on, a very supportive work environment and a great work life balance!!

    Cons

    None at all, There are endless opportunities and resources available for you to grow,

    Advice to Management

    None at all


  6. "Great when and where you find the freedom to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initially after we were acquired, we were hopeful about finally having the stability to continue working on our technology with the resources of a bigger company. Cisco was pretty good about leaving us alone for the first little bit, but the corporation has got to corporate at some point you know.

    The benefits were solid, fair and generously doled out on regular schedules. This is a great place to maintain and build with a moderate pace of progress professionally.

    Cons

    Cisco as a company isn't really doing anything innovative, and really feels like a stagnant hardware company trying to pivot into software in many ways.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the voices that are working towards change and listen to them.


  7. "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

  8. "My Time at Cisco"

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    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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Creative Director"

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    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!!


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