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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
5,415 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 Comfortably

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco has amazing opportunities. You can learn just about anything... training, hands on, certifications - the works. Great, incredibly smart people around - as long as you can find the right pockets of folks.

    Great work/life balance - and awesome remote / flexible work enablement (webex, jabber, etc). Perfect first company to join out of university - not too fast paced, no penalties for mistakes, plenty of learning opportunities and culture. People overall (including top leadership) are generally smart, hardworking, friendly, and caring. Much better than most big orgs I've worked with.

    Promotions and bonuses can be quite regular for hard workers, although it's not always so incentivised - seems like just lucky at times.

    Cons

    Culture Varies greatly from org to org, and team to team. Budgets are held very tightly and closely for no reason at all it seems. Really poor internal IT tool and biz software selection makes employee experience pretty bad. Same problem with outsourced IT, HR, and pretty much everything else leaves you feeling often like just another number.

    Too bulky in terms of middle management, directors etc. Poor execution on just about anything. Also tons of meaningless roles, backend folks, and other BS. Too many restructuring and layoffs as well.

    Leadership is too out of touch with reality because of middle management bloat.

    Lastly - almost all pros can be a con for the wrong / unlucky individual. Just need to find your sweat spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Severe culture refresh required, and need to flatten the org a ton. But please, no golden parachutes...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to build a career but challenging at the moment

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good culture, great brand, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough people
    Products set keeps getting bigger (which is good) but not enough resources to sell them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost reduction efforts are hurting day to day business
    To grow more people are needed at the coal-face

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    command and control management organization with the trappings of a meritocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Great experience with a good company

    • 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

    Pros

    Work ethic, benefits and culture

    Cons

    has been more beurocratic over the years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A wonderful company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great brand and solutions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (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

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