Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
4,866 Reviews
3.6
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Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great people, amazing leadership.Lots of room to grow your knowledge, learn, travel. Flexible. Work hard play hard.

    Cons

    Very slow to move up. New technology transitions are disrupting the old business model. Constant state of flux. Very difficult to move up. Too many people have been in the same role for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look internally for future leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cisco

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

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

    Pros

    one of the best places to work for, empowering culture, flexible work environment, competitive compensation package

    Cons

    Drop in mid level leadership quality, "more talk, less walk" culture creeping in, weak HR organisation, lack of clarity around promotion process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to focus on execution, remove employees who create a political environement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    command and control management organization with the trappings of a meritocracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were above average for the industry, with employees encouraged to work from home. Work/Life balance was okay, though policies were spottily applied and changed in their application from manager to manager.

    Cons

    The quality of your job experience will depend on your manager - there are large sections of middle managers and sales people who have no performance criteria other than to show up. There is little management by objectives if you have been with the organization for a long period or have political connections. This encourages the worst forms of intrigue and game playing. Frequent reorganizations and redundancies are a part of "American Style" culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Spin off the optics division which is being smothered within the larger Cisco Systems juggernaut
    - Have sales people earn a minimum of three times their salary in profits on sales, per year as a standard management objective, and
    - have tougher incentives on mid level managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Started well, ended in a train smash

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Easy of connectivity to the office, you have good VPN, messaging and voice solutions as an employee

    Cons

    John Chambers said in 2001 that he never wanted to let people go, and then he made it a regular process to shed thousands of staff with reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop importing people to run the business. Trust your local staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience with a good company

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    • 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

    Work ethic, benefits and culture

    Cons

    has been more beurocratic over the years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A wonderful company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Analyst  in  North Sydney
    Former Employee - Process Analyst in North Sydney

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - flexible working hours and locations.
    - training
    - interaction globally with peers
    - pragmatic and supportive work environment

    Cons

    - none. I even liked the day long teleconferences on NY time :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. It was a pleasure to work for you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great brand and solutions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great brand and products which opens doors with customers. Opportunity to work with various technologies.

    Cons

    Managers managing up and only looking after themselves and not their staff. Consistent power games and bickering between management. Lot of senior staff have left business recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take feedback from staff on management and take action to replace inept managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very negative culture, lacking in team spirit. It's everyone for themselves

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company with a strong brand that opens doors for you.

    Cons

    Terrible corporate culture. Everyone I knew there wanted to move out of the role they were doing and find somewhere else that was more positive and empowering. Management style was draconian and upward facing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Search for honest feedback from the bottom up. Create a culture of empowerment and look for ways to create happy employees who love their their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Workplace culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Tough and challenging company to work for, if you are in to that sort of workplace.

    Cons

    Not much potential for growth, depending on which region you are based in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for but must work for it

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

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with teams of professionals across the globe in their respective fields and utilise a range of cutting edge technologies and solutions in day to day activities. If you enjoy working in an environment that changes every day then Cisco is somewhere you will enjoy working.

    Cons

    Company adapting since GFC pressures hit, thus staff and equipment have been scaled back to accommodate changes to the landscape. Also like many other tech companies following the trend of "hot desking" only exemption to this are the engineers who still have their own workstations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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