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Cisco Systems San Jose Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Very flexible with timings, work life balance (in 2054 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 980 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be poor in certain groups / certain times (in 402 reviews)

  • Since it is a big company it sometimes becomes difficult to see the impact of your work (in 329 reviews)

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  1. "Great resources and colleagues"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, tons of learning opportunities, interesting work

    Cons

    Big organization. Hard to see your impact.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin on


  2. "Internal Communcations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good salary, work from home

    Cons

    Overlong work days, abnormal work requests, executive dementia,

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to use your Cisco phones (so I could do my job), stick to your core competencies (instead of no Eng Strategy), stop the Asian nepotism (it limits technical expertise)

  3. "Flexible but long hours, great people and workspace, decent benefits, low compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Test Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Test Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours.
    - Great place to develop early-in-career skills.
    - Develop skills in many cross-functional areas including engineering, marketing, management, finance, etc.
    - Great people. People are willing to help and aren't afraid to share information and skills.
    - Great within-team environment.

    Cons

    - Working from home is extremely frowned upon. It is a not a realistic perk.
    - Understaffed, constant organization restructure, attempted outsourcing of work.
    - Doesn't give yearly raises, stock options that take 5 years to fully vest near the value of a 5% raise.
    - Any additional compensation or benefits you have to fight for. Though they have tuition assistance program it is not guaranteed perk, central team will often reject it.
    - As an engineer you will work lots of overtime fulfilling other roles. Have to take place of program managers where they don't understand technical. Have to take care of all finances/capital/expenses/etc since does not have finance teams for each business unit.
    - Performance has no impact on moving up the ranks, no incentive to work hard.
    - Different branches are unfriendly and pinned against each other: Engineering dislikes manufacturing, manufacturing against marketing, etc.

    Advice to Management

    - Way too many levels of management (9+ levels in supply chain?). Some of the roles are completely unnecessary.
    - Stop trying to implement Agile into non-software roles.
    - Hire more people
    - Invest in R&D, UX engineers to redesign in-house tools.
    - Stop outsourcing work to cheap but low quality CMs.
    - Be more competitive with young software engineers. Top young talent comes through Cisco but they all leave within 1-2 years because of the low pay for the area. $90-100k per year salary with no raises is not good income in one of the most expensive cities in the nation.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, good people. Company has strong core value, very invested in employee wellness, etc

    Cons

    Long hours, many employees have been there too long. Big company bureaucracy. Many layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to keep the smartest, most motivated, vs those with the most connections.


  5. "Event Marcom Nonsense"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Shiny website and events. Lots of people who seem to want to offer some help.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership; far too much reliance on meetings to get anything accomplished. People who are very skilled at spinning BS in protecting their jobs and moving people around in event marcom.

    Advice to Management

    The event marcom team at Cisco may have a parked funds issue in the way that they hire vendors but then give them almost nothing to do, and then change job titles in their requests for new vendors to make it look like their needs are changing. Making mention of not having enough to do, or anything at all, is a great way to get removed from the team at the drop of a hat. This does not appear to be a serious group of professionals, but rather appears to be a handful of clever people there who are continually looking for ways to justify their presence within the team and company, but who do not understand how to execute or add value. Great PowerPoints and many motivational meetings to make it seem like they're doing something positive, but where almost no one participates except for the meeting organizer. They also manipulate and lie to their vendors. Some business units will not work with event marcom due to the very poor quality of work that they do. They did bring someone in last year to help improve their messaging, but that person was quickly told not to be too creative, and was later removed for unknown reasons.


  6. "Great flexibility and solid pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees have the ability to work from home. I personally work from home about 3 days per week. As long as I get my work done, my manager doesn't pressure me. The compensation isn't as high as some of the hotter tech companies in the bay area but you're definitely comfortable (assuming you don't buy a home out here). I constantly have opportunities for learning and self-growth. I also enjoy the ability to switch roles/teams should I want to in the future. At such a large company, moving around/getting promoted is easier because there are usually positions available.

    Cons

    Cisco could push its employees to work harder. The working environment is almost too relaxed at times. Sometimes upper management can be slow to come up with ideas on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Free snacks in every building (there are in some) and renovating the buildings to have more open space would help attract millennials. Find a better way to solicit employee feedback to senior management beyond online surveys.


  7. "Cisco Field Sales Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Cisco Field Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Cisco Field Sales in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work when and how is best for you. Great people and a challenging atmosphere.

    Cons

    Really large company. Can be hard to connect with the people you need to when you are just starting out.

  8. "Good benefits; growth opportunity is challenging to navigate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are good. Flexible work from home when needed

    Cons

    Hard to figure out how to navigate career development steps. In general, manager level employees lack desire, intention, experience, skills to develop employees. Limited restructures are frequent, budget cuts.

    Advice to Management

    In some areas of the company, career growth is a bit difficult to navigate despite best efforts and ownership by employees. Teach managers how to hold career development discussions and provide opportunities for employees to grow


  9. "Small fish in a big pond"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. You will feel proud to work for Cisco. Great career growth, Great benefits, Good team environment.

    Cons

    Open yet resistant and slow to change (new technologies, methodologies, etc.). Too heavily dependent on off-shore workforce


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Do not work in Advanced Services"

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Because Cisco is the king of collaboration, you can get your job done essentially anywhere. Access to many offices. Decent work/life balance (at times)

    Cons

    I would not recommend Advanced Services. We often have to deal with thousands of Sales People. Management and Senior leadership tends to be quite out of touch from the top down. Very difficult to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Listen to them. Invest in them.


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