Cisco Systems Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 21, 2020

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  1. "Good job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Well paid position for me

    Cons

    Not enough work life balance

  2. "Best place to work in the world!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - University Recruiter in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, amazing benefits, great culture, lifelong work family

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough


  3. "Overall, a great company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Commodity Manager 

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Empowered to take risks - Benefits package

    Cons

    - Work/Life balance reduced due to numerous/massive layoffs, so those of us remaining work long hours to compensate - Very political

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    "Great ideas, poor execution"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative products Amazing customers Useful experience Great benefits, including child care Market-value pay Passionate collaborators

    Cons

    Completely self-started, no support from management to get on your feet Onboarding was the worst I'd ever experienced No work-life balance, even though it is a touted benefit Long nights, missing weekends Forced office shutdowns that detract from PTO, so the PTO you get is actually get to use for yourself are a few days shorter than advertised. Meetings and collaboration is so dysfunctional, even exec team warns employees that 'Cisco will consume you if you let it', yet you are penalized if you do not devote 24/7 of your personal life to the company. No support from management when needed due to an optics-driven culture

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  5. "Pros and Cons"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Network Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to learn Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs Work life balance could be better

  6. "Good culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Network Engineer III in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture, people are really helpful & supportive

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be a challenge due to many escalations

  7. "Confirmed "Great Place to Work""

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Transparency with employees, Alignment of corporate goals throughout the company, encouraged innovation, outside the box thinking and focus on execution. Ample collaboration opportunities including Work from Home tools.

    Cons

    Work / Life balance can be a challenge.

  8. "Proponent of Continuous Learning"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst LIFT Program in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Leaders in Finance and Technology (LIFT) Program is a 2-year rotational program for recent college grads. Not only does Cisco provide several networking, volunteering, diversity & inclusion, and career development opportunities within the program, but after the program as well. There are plenty of job swap opportunities throughout your entire career at Cisco. Typically, employees try to rotate to grow their skillsets about every 2-4 years. Also, because Cisco is such a large company, no role is the same. You have plenty of opportunities to learn something new and develop in new areas both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Definitely depends on the specific team you are on, but work-life balance isn't always the best for roles that are more demanding. Personally, out of the 4 teams I have worked with, 2 of them have required long hours outside of your normal 9am-5pm. Cisco as a company promotes time off, it's just that certain teams are busier than others.

  9. "Great Company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Advanced Services Manager 

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, Time Off, Collaborative Teams

    Cons

    Depending on which role you have, you may be overworked so it's vital to establish a work life balance and say "no" sometimes.

  10. "Great place to work!"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Leader 

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    New cutting edge tech to work on

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good

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