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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.5 4,625 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,301 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 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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    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Melbourne

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to focus on execution, remove employees who create a political environement

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

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    Great experience with a good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork ethic, benefits and culture

    Conshas been more beurocratic over the years

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A wonderful company!

    Process Analyst (Former Employee) North Sydney

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

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

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    Started well, ended in a train smash

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsJohn 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 Senior ManagementStop importing people to run the business. Trust your local staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great brand and solutions.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

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

    ConsManagers 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 Senior ManagementTake feedback from staff on management and take action to replace inept managers.

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

    Product Sales Specialist (Former Employee)

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

    ConsTerrible 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 Senior ManagementSearch 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNot much potential for growth, depending on which region you are based in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for but must work for it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork 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.

    ConsCompany 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    GTRC Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy work
    own laptop
    lots of free time

    Constreated like trash by internal employees when called. Team made redundant by India as they are cheaper

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop outsourcing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company and people, challenging times ahead - the "can do" attitude must prevail for continued success.

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, people with broad reach and opportunity across market. Very respected company within marketplace.

    ConsTend to get overwhelmed with internal process' that takes you away from the customer far to often. Challenging for continued double digit growth especially within mature markets, given enterprise market attitude and improving acceptance of cloud based solutions and offerings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just manage up! Act as leaders and assist the sales and engineering teams to be successful so that management can also be successful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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