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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.5 4,590 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

(3,283 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 527 reviews)

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


Cons
  • work/life balance could use help esp working across geographic locations; office politics(in 159 reviews)

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

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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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    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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    Once great tech giant reduced to knee-jerk pandering to stock price perceptions...oh look a puppy.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsSome great people and really cool tech. Fun work trips interstate and international. Some opportunity to expand professional experiences. Looks great on the CV. Very strong customer awareness and penetration. Can make okay money as long as you are selling well. Pretty good corporate perks - hotels, medical, etc...

    ConsHighly politicized. Constant backstabbing and bickering. Significant gap between exec leadership messaging and regional/localized management implementation. Tribalism and nepotism are rife at the coal face. Spineless managers who would rather bury their heads in the sand than advocate for their staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry cutting the fat from middle management on this years annual "right sizing". Leave the Sales and Pre-Sales resources in their places...especially when they are smashing targets!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over 12 years with Cisco with 4 in the Security Business

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat People with passion for the job and excellent to have on your CV. Most people willing to help you and give advice.

    ConsJust like most big companies, became too corporate, where the "yes" men got promoted and the organisation lost it's soul. Have some fantastic products but they are just loosing the edge with more nimble competitors, especially in the security game. Cisco were the masters of integrating organisations, but recent integrations may have not been so successful such as Ironport and Scansafe, so many of those people left it weakened the product positioning in the integration space.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand you can't win it all and having competition is healthy. Stop creating a them and us chasm between management and the work force, and maybe it's healthy for people to challenge the top and maybe it is of value to listen to them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsCustomer centric, results driven individuals, teams and management

    ConsRisks becoming overwhelmed with internal business process like other large IT vendors, simply due to it's size.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe IT industry is certainly in a rapid state of change, but don't forget the winning formula that has lead to Cisco's success

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

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