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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 666 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 184 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 170 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great environment
    Great innovation
    Happy people

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes it is bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice company who wants to make a difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good career growth.
    Responsibility is given where it is earned.

    Cons

    There is a poor Work:Life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think a restructure of the performance grading scheme would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    great lifestyle
    flexible schedule
    training
    great company values

    Cons

    not so good benefits
    lack of transparency often
    less perks than in other places
    Holliday length
    promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not as exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Infrastructure. Good processes, Good benefits.

    Cons

    Yearly Lay-offs to make the company more profitable everytime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Company with leading technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Progressive
    Open to ideas
    Great people

    Cons

    If you don't like large companies, don't apply.
    Need to enjoy working across matrix environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in London, England
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in London, England

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Lots to learn, motivated people, great benefits

    Cons

    Work Life balance and frequent promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please promote more frequestly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Technology Company leading the world in Unified Communications and Networking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Cisco Systems has the ability to quickly produce and market the state of the art in technology. Cisco provides their employees the opportunity to gain certification in these technologies increasing a persons future job prospects and making them a sought after resource at many companies.

    Cons

    Cisco needs a little more focus on investing long term in their software strategy. Because the technology for cloud is now coming from open source, grassroots communities Cisco has not yet decided on the best path to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more central governance regarding the cloud strategy and long term investment in current cloud software platforms offered by the company.

  9.  

    Saving the internet of today

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in London, England

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work with smart intelligent people, who are equally as devoted to make the product better is a always a pleasure. Working in a DevOps culture, owning the product end to end and making sure its scalable and performant all come with challenges but good challenges to have.

    Cons

    None that I can think of, been here just over 3 years and enjoying everyday of my work still. Not many people can say that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider compensation and growth to enable the teams to be self sufficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Very good working environment with friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Facilities could be improved and other office of Cisco has fantastic facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some thinking on Facility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best days are behind it. Now reverting to the mean.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reading, England

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Has to be the ability to work from home, and just get on with the work.

    Cons

    - Sales culture: sales is very powerful and gets its way a lot of the time. As a result you're prevented from doing your job properly. For example, project managers can't exercise change control, because it'll upset the customer, and therefore potential future sales!

    - pay: if you're a worker you don't get pay increases or promotions. It's the managers who get the promotions.

    - job security: routers and switches had their heyday in the 90s, so now Cisco has to reduce its cost base, which means layoffs.

    - Poor management: most managers are routing and switch guys, so that's the work they go after. They can't do the managed services like Ericsson, Nokia and IBM, etc. Net result is the type of projects are poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to be assessed by the people they manage, so the bad managers get removed from the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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