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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 24 February 2018
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  • Work life balance can be poor in certain groups / certain times (in 413 reviews)

  • Internal complexity and operational challenges of any big company (in 334 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Feltham, South West England, England
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Feltham, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Great team culture. Remote working

    Cons

    Not a huge range of systems to design.


  2. "Great culture with a growing trend of innovation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great culture with:
        - flexible working
        - friendly and respectful colleagues
        - growing trend of innovation
        - focus on personal development and training

    - Good benefits including:
        - healthcare
        - childcare
        - stock purchase

    Cons

    - Upper management seem to have a disconnect with the understanding and needs of their functions.

    - Some unnecessarily complex systems and processes which miss the mark.

    - HR department is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to understand the constraints, in terms of resources and budget, you are placing on your functions with the decision you make.


  3. "It has been a great experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, really takes care of employees.

    Cons

    Significant internal politics as in most big companies.


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    "OK"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Feltham, England
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Feltham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR looks after staff with market leading benefits , flexible working very good.

    Cons

    Arrogant management, big focus on OPEX , so always working under a cloud of redundancy


  6. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chandler's Ford, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chandler's Ford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive. There are many perks such as healthcare; flexi-time; working at home; shares; the ability to gift other employees awards in the form of vouchers; pension contributions and up to 30 days holiday if salary is used to buy 5 days on top of the base 25 days.

    Good infrastructure, facilities, nicely laid out buildings, a small canteen and generally good people, with a few exceptions (see 'Cons').

    Cons

    The problems lie with Cisco not knowing how to run the STB side of the business; local upper management and middle management being uncommunicative, and a contracting business, with hundreds of layoffs around the globe in ex-NDS offices, many coming at the end of 2017, in preparation for what may likely be, a sell-off (Bloomberg wrote an article late last year. 'Google Bloomberg NDS'), now that it's cheaper to run.

        Cisco have halved the workforce in 5 years, with only one client, Sky, now paying for the s/w created. There are 4 'culls' every year, roughly every 3 months which are usually small but have increased to 20+ people in the last year. This has lead to a more negative atmosphere in the last couple of years.

        If you're unlucky and end up in the wrong team, you could be working with mangers and colleagues who look after number one and hide their ineptitude and bad behaviour from those above, whilst making themselves look good off the back of other people.
    Complaining to HR doesn't do any good, they're still there. It doesn't help there's no local HR department, as they were 'no longer needed' over a year ago.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what's really going on at lower levels and aim to get rid of the people who really aren't doing their jobs properly, instead of getting rid of people who work hard and have to support and cover for the people who shouldn't be there. This should start with you lower-end managers.

    Treat all employees with respect, you've had the training. Value your workers. Use the words 'thank you'.

    I wonder what Abe Peled would have made of this.


  7. "Freedom is a massive benefit but isolation and uncertainty may set you back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll never have freedom like you'll have at Cisco due to the flexible working hours and remote working culture. Generally, the company perks are great and salaries tend to be good

    Cons

    Problem with the remote working policies is that your team mates will seldom come to the office and you may soon feel isolated. This also generates a bit of an issue with team spirit and collaboration. There are also multiple overlapping roles, and your role is likely to change or be cut on a yearly basis. Overall, this environment can become toxic and demotivating. It is also hard to be promoted unless you move jobs willingfully.

    Advice to Management

    Creating better channels to listen to the employees, create longer-lasting company strategies and more opportunities for all to meet in person - WebEx is definately not enough


  8. "Working at Cisco"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility and team culture are great

    Cons

    progression opportunities aren't very clear, especially with the LR's

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent about opportunities and how to progress


  9. "Shaping the future in Customer Success"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A dynamic, growing part of Cisco which is at forefront of the company's transition to a software company. Working in Customer Success gives me real opportunity to make a real difference to Customer and Partners alike. It is also great to be part of one of the brightest, most diverse, fun and growing groups within Cisco.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like we are growing to fast for our business and our processes and tools are playing catch up- but I am confident that will be fixed imminently. Additionally, some parts of our business just don't get Customer Success and are stuck in the past regarding Selling Motions

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing regarding Customer Success, but make sure the company wide initiative that it is is fully understood and embraced by everyone inside Cisco, and integrated into what they do with Customers.


  10. "Good company to work for in the Technical Pre-Sales Area"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Systems Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still many excellent dedicated technical individuals
    Progression to mid-grades

    Cons

    Sales and Biz-Dev Group Management isnt as strong as it should be
    Sometimes too much politics
    Work life balance can be poor in certain groups / certain times.

    Advice to Management

    Sack redundant managers and political types
    Get rid of any biz-dev managers who arent adding real value (hint : there are heaps!)
    Hire more development engineers!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "HR Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible working.

    Cons

    Career progression is hard to achieve.


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