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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 17 March 2019
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Cisco Systems Chief Executive, UK & Ireland Scot Gardner
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Pros
  • "Importance to work life balance" (in 2480 reviews)

  • "We're allowed to work from home" (in 1091 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-Life balance can be challenging at times" (in 464 reviews)

  • "All problems of the big company" (in 366 reviews)

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  1. "High Profile Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer Customer Delivery in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer Customer Delivery in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good in everything, collaborative people, professionals with strong skills and flexibility in terms on shift time / home office.

    Cons

    Sometimes workload, some seasons are very busy.


  2. "Good strategy but bad execution"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SE Manager in Reading, England
    Current Employee - SE Manager in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since the new CEO decided to change the company we can see a better strategy and finally an idea of where we want to go. If you are early in career this is a great place to start as you will have plenty of options and the chance to work in very different projects

    Cons

    Completely lack of execution. Every quarter less and less engineering resources.

    All the Business Entities work still in silos and is difficult to get proper end-to-end solutions.

    If you are senior or over grade 12 then get ready to be in a redundancy process at any time.

    Advice to Management

    wake up and smell the coffee. If you continue reducing Engineering resources, who will develop the products? People in Sales we are suffering for this lack of execution.

  3. "The place to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in London, England
    Former Employee - Management in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with very innovative and competent people

    Huge focus on personal development and training

    Empowerment to control your own destiny

    Cons

    You’ll work long hours and travel extensively by personal choice, rather than employee expectation. Can lead to burn-out,

    Advice to Management

    I thought the structure and it’s support mechanisms were world class.


  4. "Definitely recommended"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * work-life balance
    * flexible and remote working
    * above average pay
    * provides training
    * low employee turnover
    * various projects, always there is something to do.

    Cons

    * it is an engineering and research focused company; though research and engineering could have been more intertwined. Currently, they seem a little bit disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    * look for ways to increase the interaction of different teams across cisco.


  5. "Cisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology and company culture

    Cons

    No major issues or concerns


  6. "Overall Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Feltham, England
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Feltham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On the whole you can make your job what you want.

    Cons

    Very complex organisation, easy to get lost in the shuffle.


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, not much of a true sales culture.

    Cons

    progression is based on who you know and not on results

  8. "Best in the world"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Very good company, best one. Flexible managers with hard working and adequate tools.

    Cons

    none best in the world


  9. "Slow career progression, average skilled people"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, Trainings, not too stresful

    Cons

    Technical ladder progress very slowly, Managers get promoted quickly instead. Money below average.


  10. "Stay away from this company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    OK work-life balance, remote Work, some really cool people

    Cons

    Arrogant management, big focus on OPEX , the way company progres is by running layoffs marathon every 3 months. There is no appreciation , people get fired if they have opinion different than manager and HR covers up all those cases. The leadership has no clue about the products they are asking engineers to build, things getting build and scrapped and rebuild and to cover the failure its being presented as a learning curve (learning when everyone already knew it?)
    The career opportunities do not exist. Pay is rather low compare to the market
    Average benefits, few of them being taken away :(
    There is few great people but the culture coming from the upper management is disgusting, saying you either with us or you should live ... not nery motivating on convincing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on rolling with your layoffs and this company will follow Nokia steps.