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Cisco Systems San Jose Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1735 reviews)

  • I get to work from home multiple days per week (in 862 reviews)

Cons
  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 367 reviews)

  • a big company like Cisco normally has less efficiency system (in 305 reviews)

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  1. "IT Engineer Who Started as a College Hire"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. ESPP plan. Flexible work hours. Work from home. Fun coworkers. Good place to start career out of a university.

    Cons

    Depends on the group and organization, since the company is so big. Personally, too much politics and jumping through hoops to progress through projects.. Management seems disconnected. Hard place to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Try to connect more with younger employees and be more genuine. It seems like most management is disconnected and in their own world.


  2. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Amazing work couture
    One of the best in Silicon valley.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.
    Never had any bad experiences


  3. "Sales Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International Company with large footprint

    Cons

    Transiting to cloud and SW


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  5. "Great experience for year, and then everything changed. Most of my team and upper management has left now too."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Really great coworkers and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Was promised multiple training and promotions and despite receiving amazing reviews, they never delivered until I decided to leave. They should support their employees growth more.


  6. "senior software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large successful in networking, work / life balance

    Cons

    Not as nimble as some startups.


  7. "Cisco"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Things move slower than they should because of its size.

    Advice to Management

    Less policy and governance.


  8. "Cisco's a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    FLEXTIME! They let you start the day whenever as long as you do 40 hours.

    Cons

    Poor public relations with college students.

    Advice to Management

    Send people to hackathons or other college events so that people still know you exist.


  9. "Optical Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1)Tremendous leverages when working with suppliers since we are also the end user for product developed in house 2)Gaining knowledge of the strength of suppliers.

    Cons

    Complicated reporting structures and too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the organization structures by reducing number of the manage layers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Budget Cuts"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Work-Life balance offered

    Cons

    - Cant expect any promotions or anything like that to happen soon
    - Every 3months there are budget cuts and possible downsizing and so on, tension every quarter
    - No stock or RSUs are given until you become a Technical Leader
    - Paternity leave offered is not competitive compared to other companies


  11. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Money is good, like vet the bonus, ESPP, and RSU's
    Leadership is great
    Facilities are good, open work environment is very cool

    Cons

    None. I have nothing bad to say about Cisco, they always treated me great. The leadership team rocks, treats the employees well and are the right people to keep the company advancing.

    Advice to Management

    You rock!


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