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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
5,417 Reviews
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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 place to grow your career or be a high performing individual contributor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New Bedfont, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New Bedfont, England

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and supports involvement in community projects. Fast paced driving innovation with huge capability. After 20 years in IT and 6 months at Cisco, deffinately the right move. Still market leading.

    Cons

    Such a vast portfolio capability to get your head around. Buts that's not a bad thing. Very process driven as you would expect from such a giant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to walk the talk and improve go to market talk track around business outcomes we actually impact and quantify.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    amazing

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

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

    Pros

    lost of fun . i really hope the team the bestt

    Cons

    no growth. no extra pay even if u areasales talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i wish u good luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Vibrant and exciting place to work!

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Huge personal development opportunities
    Exciting internal events
    Good training
    Non-hierarchical working culture
    Happy working environment

    Cons

    Contractor policies into blue badge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Red badge programme needs re-working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    exciting, demanding and challenging

    • 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

    career growth, challenging environment, full of career focused and bright people, excellent company in which to really develop and push yourself

    Cons

    Has become much less entrepreneurial over the past 5 years with, understandably, a strong focus on centralisation and maximising the effectiveness of business processes. needs careful management of life / work balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Cisco is a great stepping stone company

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cisco is a large company and it's great place to learn and grow your career. It is a fast moving environment and allows employees to get exposed to different areas of the business.

    Cons

    Cisco used to be much more entrepreneurial that it is now. The past few years the company has grown a lot and red tape has taken over. It is nearly impossible to start new initiatives and the current environment does not support highly creative people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drastically simplify the way that the company does business and interacts with its customers. Embrace and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit that made the company great on the first place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Not a bad place to work. Used to be better :(

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're committed to improving your technical skills there is no shortage of opportunities and support. Plenty of access to training material, mailing lists, ...

    Cons

    Finding information you need is more painful than one might expect. Still have to frequently rely on searching by asking co-workers. Organizational agility could be better.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Great company culture and colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler's Ford, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler's Ford, England

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Challenging environment
    Great colleagues
    Very supportive in difficult times
    Able to work from home or at least flexible hours
    Good career path
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Too many restructuring in the last few years
    Too many leadership changes in the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop restructuring every year and stop changing leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent but challenging organisation

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, flexible working, stretch goals that drive your own personal development

    Cons

    Company quite rigid, silos of people working to their own agenda. Difficult to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the bottom of the pyramid. Promote from within,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A very global IT firm with value for integrity and respect of hard work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Innovative, ambitious and driven firm that takes care of its people. Very cool place to work with amazing locations throughout the world.

    Cons

    Constant reorganisation can mean that it is difficult to ever feel secure in your job. You want to be guaranteed a future.

  11.  

    The potential to be great

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

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home, flexibility in work location, good facilities and great global customer reach, good compensation and benefit packages.

    Cons

    Lots of redundancies and looks like more tough times ahead, under staffed and expect to work very long hours when required to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less videos of how great things are and more meeting of the troops on deck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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