Cisco Systems Employee Reviews about "work from home"
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- "Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done." (in 3087 reviews)
- "Worked for Cisco for over 10 years the best I can say Benefits are good." (in 2236 reviews)
- "Also great for people with families as lot work in hybrid settings or from home." (in 1743 reviews)
- "There are alot of great people and the culture is great!" (in 1632 reviews)
- "Very inviting and good work culture" (in 935 reviews)
- "Frequent layoffs and yearly hikes were low" (in 1266 reviews)
- "Bad management with little interest in employees" (in 735 reviews)
- "Bad Managers were promoted." (in 584 reviews)
- "Too much politics; people don't work for the common goal but to justify their existence" (in 179 reviews)
- "Middle and upper management seems very oblivious." (in 159 reviews)
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- 4.0Mar 23, 2012Software EngineerCurrent EmployeeSan Jose, CA
There are lots of opportunities within the company so you aren't necessarily stuck in one position. Very open culture that allows any employee to approach senior level management easily. And flexible work environments allows many employees to work from home on a regular basis.
Management is not very good at planning projects and there seems to be a shortage of resources in spite of the large number of employees. In many cases, engineers become managers without learning without improving their people skills. Compensation and rewards are not the best for employees that stay at the company. It seems like the best way to grow your salary is to leave.3
- 3.0May 12, 2016IT EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearRaleigh, NC
The compensation package and work style is the best part of the job. About 3 weeks off per year and the ability to work from home is great. Seemingly stable job with good benefits and relaxed work environment
Depending where you get placed, the work may or may not match with your skill set or be of the most interest to you. Changing this can be difficult and must be fought for. Management changes can be frequent (3 in about 16 months) and political which can lead to a feeling of misdirection. Hard work can go unnoticed and so can slacking off2Cisco Systems Response8y
Thank you for your review. One of the great aspects of working at Cisco is the opportunity to work on different projects and to learn new skill sets to make yourself a more valuable employee. We hope all of our employees take advantage of these learning opportunities.
- 3.0Nov 20, 2017Software Engineer IVCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsBengaluru
Great offices and infrastructure - cafeteria, club house, gym and sports facilities are excellent. Transport facility is very good. Cisco Campus is truly wonderful to work in. Flexible work hours and still friendly to work from home ( though this has decreased over the years). Lot of learning programs and trainings. Freshers may like the in-house box office, massage chairs and video games arcade.
Snail pace of career progression, learnings are minimal unless you take it upon yourself to look into new areas and sign up for programs. Not much opportunity to travel. Frequent re-orgs. In last 3-4 years, no hikes, low or deferred bonuses and no RSUs. Slow to embrace change.1
- 5.0Mar 26, 2012Product ManagerCurrent EmployeeSan Jose, CA
My group is very flexible, allowing me to work remotely to help take care of grandparent post surgery and suggested I should stay there helping as needed as family is more important. I worked from home for a full month to take care of my relative and everyone was great. Cisco lets you work anytime, anywhere when needed
I have heard this varies by group but lots of people work remotely when needed
- 5.0Jun 6, 2012RecruiterCurrent Contractor, less than 1 yearPortland, OR
Flexibility! The ability to work from home and to have access to all the tools from my laptop is amazing. Wages and benefits are competitive.
Working remotely can make you feel disconnected from the company.
- 5.0May 10, 2021High Touch EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsRaleigh, NC
I have spent my entire career in CX and TAC before it was CX. The money and benefits are good. I have never had a manager I dislike and the work from home is flexible during non covid times
Cisco's customers can be very demanding. At some points in my career I have found it hard to enforce the line between work and home life.
- 4.0Jun 11, 2008Program ManagerCurrent EmployeeSan Jose, CA
Cisco encourages networking in every sense of the word. You are encouraged to collaborate and seek visibility, many employees can even work from home or in a remote office. Managers are generally open minded and encourage asking tough questions and challenging the status quo. Management from the top down are adamant that all groups down the ladder develop and execute a VSE (vision, strategy, execution), this really helps provide focus. Cisco offers competitive compensation and bonus based on company performance and employee level. Small bonuses (and letter) are given for employees who perform a duty out of their ordinary duties, this can be motivating for many people. Furthermore, there is a sense that achievement and hard work is rewarded. Extra perks include free drinks, free gym, using Cisco technology, and access to Cisco facilities globally. Working from home is not uncommon and Cisco is known as a top place to work for mothers. Finally, there are many smart and friendly people at Cisco. It is extremely easy to network with people who share similar interests as you (sports, ethnicity, etc).
Cisco is no longer a growth company and is focused on sustaining measured growth, therefore it has become a bureaucracy where new ideas and changes must navigate through red tape. Cisco's size has created inefficiencies in certain practices which make it difficult to determine who is responsible for what, and what the proper processes are. The Cisco learning curve is rather steep when first joining Cisco. New employees are faced with a myriad of IT and HR obstacles in the first month of employment. The positive to this, is that people who joined within the last year are still considered new. As in any big company, you have to fight for visibility and prove your value add. No one will sing your praise for you and every year under performers will see the door. Cisco, from the top down, is obsessed with measuring things, employees are measured on there performance and sometimes people focus more on there metric than doing there job.
- 3.0May 30, 2011Software Engineer IVCurrent EmployeeSan Jose, CA
I have no doubt there are some good groups in Cisco. The key is to get hired into just those where politics is at a minimum and there is more focus on the engineering itself. Now pray you are not involuntarily transferred to some other group due to a reorg. Working from home is not a problem and they have very flexible work hours as long as one is delivering. The work can be interesting.
When I started in cisco a long time ago, it was a really fun place to work. We used to be busy with actual technical projects and customer driven features that actually made sense. My peers and manager were also good, and more focused on the technical aspects than on just getting ahead in the hierarchy. Re-orgs are an integral part of cisco and I soon found myself in less than ideal company. Ended up working for worse and worse managers. There were many cliques which managers seemed to encourage. if you did the technical work expected of you and did not question the order, you were ok. In the end, visibility, how you managed upward and politicking worked much better than actually doing the engineering work well. We sometimes buy equipment for the labs just so the budget doesn't go to waste, the equipment lies in the labs unused. Talkers are preferred over doers. Peers/leads were more interested in looking good (i.e. not being contradicted) than actually making good technical decisions.1
- 3.0Oct 8, 2013Senior ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsSan Jose, CA
Telecommuting and flexibility, decent pay and benefits, intelligent dedicated colleagues. Some of the worn out offices are getting updated. Cafeterias, work out facilities and onsite medical and day care for those in San Jose, California location.
No work life balance at all, especially for those on global teams. No opportunity for promotion. Top heavy organization. High ratio of contractors or contingent workers to actual employees. Very political company. Many offices/cubicles are empty because people work from home and don't drive to the San Jose campus regularly.2
- 3.0Oct 28, 2022Senior AccountantCurrent Employee, less than 1 year
Flexible time to work You can decide to work from home or go to the office
Very old ERP system, makes your tasks more difficult compared than other companies. Many ERP for different tasks. Many approval for different tasks
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