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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.5 4,593 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,285 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done(in 527 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire(in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance could use help esp working across geographic locations; office politics(in 159 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity(in 149 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Best times are gone, but still a good company to work for

    Director (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThe old days when stock options could make you rich are gone forever, but total package is still good, in the top 50% percentile of similar ICT companies. You can get RSU (restricted stock units) as a bonus each year.
    Networking is not as "hot" as it used to be 20 years ago, but it is still an interesting area for working, in terms of innovation and market opportunities.
    Work environment is OK, similar to other large ICT companies, not heaven and not hell, but still way better than a steel factory, although not as exciting as a startup or high tech software company.

    ConsMorale not great after many rounds of layoffs. The company needs a major shift to survive long term, which might be a threat or a great opportunity, depending on where you end up. Cisco was the Google of the 90s, now it looks more like IBM in the 90s. It is not an innovation leader anymore and market dominance is at risk.
    Many senior leaders are focused on politics and protecting their back, so the work environment is not as friendly and relaxed as it used to be. Some of the executives lack the vision, depth and personality. They can manage the "blah blah" in videos, but they fall short when it comes to real market understanding, technology vision and execution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe cultural shift in the last 20 years has been dramatic and not for the better. Part of it can be explained with market dynamics and makes sense, although not pretty. Unfortunately sometimes the baby was thrown with the water, while significant dirt remained and built up.
    The values and attributes that make a leader climb the ladder need to be revised significantly. Cisco needs less pretty internal propaganda slides and more solid work and sincerity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsWork with the smartest folks in the networking industry, and be constantly challenged. Cisco embodies a culture of "getting it done", albeit through the medium of constant escalation (you'll either survive, or wither and die through stress). Fast paced and stimulating environrment.

    ConsWork / life balance badly skewed. Benefits are slowly being eroded as the company drives for increased shareholder "profitability".

    Advice to Senior ManagementCascade trust in the organisation and relinquish control. Learn when to say no.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Struggling to make it through a long-term transition

    Senior Operations Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsSome excellent people, particularly in the regional organisations and outside of corporate. People work very hard in general and there is a remarkable level of commitment given the churn that the company has experienced in the last few years. The company pays pretty well, and the ability to work from home, and be flexible in working hours is a huge plus.

    ConsCorporate is still far too inward looking, political and self-obsessed. Cisco aspires to be the #1 IT company in the world, but it struggles against younger, more nimble and more enlightened challengers in most of the markets in which it plays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to overhaul HR processes, particularly performance management and drag into the 21st century. There is a significant issue with managing expectations regarding promotions, and Cisco needs to consider implementing a structured rotation strategy.
    Continue to move to integrate product and service organisations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Changes need to be made

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat people who want to be driven and pushed to innovate.

    Good salary

    Working remotely is welcomed

    ConsWhere to start.. too many managers. Company focus is not clear. A lot of disorganization among VP's. Glory days seem to be behind them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart using your capital

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Benefits good, massive HR dept, flexible working

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig company, lots going on. Flexible working.

    ConsAcquisitions employees don't really fit into Cisco and eventually leave (or are RIFd). Not much internal movement (people tend to be silo'd) unless you are an old Cisco employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcquisition people have minds and goals too - don't leave them to languish.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable company with good attitude of the people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFor such a large company, still some great innovation at Cisco. Good salary levels.

    Cons'Red tape' and process to wade through in order to get somethings done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great American company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational environment. Good salary and benefits

    ConsThe global organization is currently evolving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company but needs to think more and do less

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsEntreprenurial (still a bit!), can do attitude, great people

    ConsPressure is relentless there is no time to think about anyDebthing. Senior players can make or break you. Hero to zero culture you can be a star for years and then if one senior VP decides he (and it normally is he) doesn't like you your days are numbered

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people time to reflect as well as running at 100 miles an hour in different directions. Develop a big picture talent strategy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent employer which promotes personal growth

    Linux Systems Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsVery good career choices
    Encourages learning
    Salaries is market related

    ConsWork life balance can be affected if you don't make a conscious effort to leave your stimulating work behind and head home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what youre doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat brand, opportunities to learn and grow, fantastic and ambitious people around, work-life balance

    ConsYou have to know how to play the game to get to the top... which holds true for most corporates but good talent can sometime go unrecognized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave clearer path for career progression and not ambiguity. Value your people for what they bring to the table not for what they bring to the managers table. Go down a level and learn more of the truth !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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