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"Great work life balance and respectful co-workers"

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

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

Pros

This company has a culture of consensus, which means that we can take a lot of time to make decisions, but at least there's no bully in the room dictating one way or the high way. What I enjoy the most about Cisco is that it has given me the opportunity to be truly me: I have been promoted twice in 7 years, while having a 1 year old son when I started and a baby 4 years after starting at Cisco. Whenever my kids are sick, or I had to take them to an appointment, my team always had my back. This is the main reason why I am at Cisco - this employer will make sure men and women can have exciting opportunities at work WHILE being a parent. We have 40 hours a year of volunteer time, I use it to attend my kids field trips and volunteer at school. There is true worklife balance and a lot of flexibility when it comes to working hours. As a woman, I value this tremendously.

Cons

This is a very very big company and if you don't network and get out to meet people, you'll miss out on opportunities.

Advice to Management

Please stop the annual LR Cycle. Let it be easier to manage low performers out,

Cisco Systems Response

Jul 18, 2017 – Social Media Manager

I love what you said about Cisco letting you truly be you. Your story is inspiring - keep being you!

Other Employee Reviews

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Other Employee Reviews

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  1. "Help us attract more diversity to Cisco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -innovative company
    -moves quickly despite large size
    -sales driven
    -management makes the right decisions to correct the course
    -provides large responsibility to the individual contributor level
    -excellent management
    -I believe this company provides as close to equal pay as possible
    - I am fortunate to work for a woman who is an executive's multiplier who lifts me up with her access to execs.

    Cons

    -not as diverse as I would like it to be
    -doesn't provide the opportunities for exposure at higher levels (need multiplier effect to be multiplied)
    -women at the top tend to be viewed as ruthless and not helping other women succeed
    -not a lot of ODs are women - which appears to be a big differential
    - without my manager's support I would be very lost in this culture.

    Advice to Management

    - double down on the multiplier effect at all levels - and follow through
    -more accessible career options for women and diversity
    -include more women in highly visible events - Salesforce forced management to go down levels for a strategic meeting/event to include at least one women from each representative department - lifting women up to levels they had not been exposed to before. After the first forced event, it became natural to lift women up.
    -make the executives like Alison, Wendy, Fran more accessible to high potential individual contributor women
    - let's see more diversity at the OD level!


  2. "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    good family culture

    Cons

    Legacy
    more focus on routers and switches

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the mindset that cisco cannot innovate

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