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Updated April 23, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1707 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 847 reviews)

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  1. "Network engieer"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company with great scope for career advancement

    Cons

    pay scale could be little low compared to few start-ups


  2. "Still good things happening but needs to step up"

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    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good work/life balance and great people with which to work.

    Cons

    You can make more in company's that are growing the top line. Limited advancement as people are usually picked before an opening is announced.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to get back to where sales can make high wages like 5-10 years ago. It seems we're trying to be an also ran now.


  3. "Great company. Limited promotional opportunities."

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    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Caring people culture. Exciting technology. IoT is connecting things which is Cisco's specialty. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Limited promotional opportunities for current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep great talent within Cisco. Promote from within, don't let talent leave because of lack of opportunities.


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  5. "In Flux"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Work environment
    Really Smart people
    Good Visibility

    Cons

    Not much except that the company is going trough a transition right now to evolve to where it needs to be in the Software driven world, but still maintaining its dominance in Infrastructure. It will take time, but it will get there.
    Some managers sometimes do not share whats going on better. Mentor ship in my case was minimal, and not conducive to success. But I know that this is an exception.

    Advice to Management

    New employees from other companies, bring a fresh perspective. Currently there seems to be a lot of talk of innovation and evolution, but still stuck with the older employees paradigm of doing business the old way. Its evolved from a hardware world to Software defined, cloud world. Cisco needs to get there fast.


  6. "best sales team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    excellent sales culture although very quota driven

    Cons

    moving accounts frequently; tight requirements for order


  7. "Work environment"

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

    Pros

    Good process in development and testing in the company.

    Cons

    Politic at the management levels


  8. "Better than what market says"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Changed lead by Chuck have started kicking in, company seems to be moving in right direction. Instead of beating competition (read arista) they are trying to be proactive and crush competition now. Plenty of things need to be changed still, but good thing is they are in motion at least; compared to what it was 3 years back.

    Cons

    Still age old hypothesizes comes in picture here and there, meed level management need to adopt to market as well

    Advice to Management

    Need to promote more risk takers; change the "marketing driven/CONTROLLED innovation" model to the one of engineering driven model


  9. "Cisco has a culture of caring"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance; Supportive work environment; Flexibility to work in many teams and roles

    Cons

    Corporate pace can be slow and process-oriented

    Advice to Management

    Advance early in career more quickly


  10. "Marketing Manager III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people for the most part, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Continous annual layoffs were a big drag

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off mainly older workers. Catering to just the early in career employees is not the answer.


  11. "Great people but an outdated culture"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent managers, many different product lines

    Cons

    Cubicles are as stuffy as they appear in Dilbert cartoons


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