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Meraki Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2019

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3.6
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Meraki CEO Todd Nightingale
Todd Nightingale
157 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food, low hours if you're in Engineering or Product(in 41 reviews)

  • "Great company culture, great people(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "And middle management is heavy with talentless people leaders(in 10 reviews)

  • "Bay Area Cost of Living is TOO HIGH for the salary they provide for this position and they know it(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Meraki for over 2 years and I have zero plans to leave! I love the atmosphere of the SF office, its inviting, inclusive to everyone and overall just an amazing place to work. My manager truly cares about me personally and my career at Meraki, I have been promoted into a position that matches my skillset and experience.

    Cons

    Each team does have their own culture and some teams definitely have some work to do in the diversity and inclusion department, but I feel as though leadership is aware of this and taking the necessary steps to make it better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Continue promoting, valuing and listening to your employees.

    Meraki2019-05-28
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great work/balance and autonomy, not enough collaboration between teams and leaders"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Meraki full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food/snacks at work, dogs at work, generally supportive culture, senior leadership legitimately cares about diversity and inclusion, opportunities to grow and develop are clear

    Cons

    Business units are very siloed and have their own distinct cliques, business leaders don't collaborate together well, leaders don't communicate well amongst each other, no official work from home/flexible work policy

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees more and come out with an official flexible work policy, have senior leaders go through additional development to keep working on effective communication

    Meraki2019-06-25
  3. "Inclusive, Challenging, and Supportive...but still part of Cisco."

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    Current Employee - Software Test Automation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Teams are diverse and the caliber of the average engineer at Meraki is extremely high -Hiring emphasizes inclusivity and hiring women and PoC in particular -Management is highly supportive of career growth and intra-company moves -Small-company culture with big-company bankroll courtesy of Cisco -Great product--both fun to work on and great quality and feature set overall (I'm proud to use my Meraki gear at home...

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    Cons

    -Meraki's startup legacy is still haunting current employees. Tools are out of sync with Cisco's processes and coordination between Meraki and Cisco is not easy. -Compensation has been improving in recent months, but is still behind as compared to other prestige tech companies in the Bay Area -Meraki shares Cisco's benefit plan (kludgy and limited PTO accrual being the worst part of this) -Mission Bay location is somewhat...

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    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain talent, you'd be wise to allow more true remote work and at least try to keep salaries consistent with what engineers can be making at e.g. Twitter or Facebook. Having worked at Cisco for some time, I know this latter request is probably impossible to accommodate, but...if I were choosing between engineering companies today and one offered unlimited PTO and another didn't, the former would get a...

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    Meraki2019-07-15
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Lack of transparency from leadership, becoming more like Big Brother Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Standard tech perks in the Bay Area (free food, pool table, etc)

    Cons

    We've been blindsighted by lots of changes recently, including a complete change in our compensation and bonus structure (from Meraki's unique structure to one that is identical to Cisco's). There is also a hiring freeze in place but that was never discussed widely by leadership (only diffused slowly via gossip throughout the office). When I interviewed, I was told by nearly every interviewer that Meraki "isn't like...

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    Advice to Management

    Be open, honest, and transparent to ICs. Don't have your interviewers lie to candidates.

    Meraki2019-07-11
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Looks good from the outside - Total mess on the inside!"

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    Former Employee - Business Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Meraki full-time

    Pros

    Although there is high turnover, they have good executive leadership, particularly the CEO. Strong suite of WiFi products, their flagship product line.

    Cons

    Weak mid-level management. Lots of younger, millennium type employees with very little real-world experience and way too much influence, effectively producing chaotic and/or non-existent processes and feckless results. Consequently, with the exception of the product engineering teams, lots of chaotic energy is expended and little is accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Total revamp of business units

    Meraki2019-07-15
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not perfect but getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've only been here for a little while but it's by far the best company I've worked at. -Amazing work area: rainbow flags, colorful space, comfortable set ups, employee resource groups available -Lots of events: Just had the summer picnic at the exploratorium. lots of families but also lots of young people too -Driven coworkers. We want to grow, be challenged and impact the world -Still a really good technology....

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    Cons

    -Compensation is average. You could probably get a bigger base and equity package elsewhere -Commuting and lots of construction. Shuttles available but hard to find parking -Cisco looking over our shoulder. We are insulated but inevitable that more change will happen -Some managers suck and some are great -Diversity improving but still a lot to go especailly in sales -Inconsistent experience depending on the department...

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    Advice to Management

    Address the glassdoor reviews.

    Meraki2019-06-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hope that fire doesn't get all the way over here"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Meraki full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture to learn and grow in, interesting problems to solve, good work/life balance and flexibility, excellent benefits, relaxed/welcoming work atmosphere

    Cons

    Other departments lack accountability and competent leadership, which bubbles up to create pretty huge problems for the company overall. Compensation is average: you can make more money elsewhere and everyone knows it.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of software resources is crippling the company. The opportunity cost is in the hundreds of millions at this point. Product management has been without leadership for months and it is starting to take a toll.

    Meraki2019-06-21
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow and develop"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Meraki full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive leadership that care about fostering a diverse and inclusive culture Smart, driven co-workers to learn from in a fast paced environment Interesting work that is consistently changing due to the nature of a growing company

    Cons

    Complexity of systems because of operating within Cisco Some culture of entitlement (it's tech in San Francisco)

    Advice to Management

    Keep prioritizing investment in strong, empathetic, competent leaders.

    Meraki2019-06-13
  9. "Fast paced sales and start up atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Meraki full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You are constantly challenged to grow and maintain a business for a product that is still ahead of most competitors.

    Cons

    Office hours are expected to be 8-5 M-F, so you are not going to have a ton of free time during the week.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Meraki, Meraki!

    Meraki2019-06-18
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Network Support Engineer - People please don't waste your carreer here !"

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    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Meraki full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No pros for this job.

    Cons

    There are plenty and no matter how much can be written it is still not enough. 1. PAY SUCKS BIG TIME. Much folks here work on pittance salary can would struggle to afford the basic amenities in life. Company plays kind of a dirty game with H1B vs other people , with people only getting bump in pay if they are an immigrant and get an H1B and that too because it is legally binding to pay them minimum wage. All the other...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't open offices in expensive cities if you cannot manage to pay people enough to live there and hire enough people to get the work done ! Company needs motivated employees and not slaves who have no other option other than to work here !

    Meraki2019-07-18
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