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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work with the best senior engineers

    Cons

    It can get really stressful at times


  2. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People, Product, Culture, Global reach

    Cons

    Constant job cuts and reorganizations

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people


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    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people - generally super-helpful
    Excellent flexibility to work mobile or from home
    Top-notch communications technology (natch)
    Pay & benefits are pretty good
    Workspaces are pretty good (the newer ones anyway)
    Strengths-based performance management system (Stand Out program)
    Excellent learning & development opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of politics in the sales organization
    Scale - finding the right people who can help you can be challenging and the org chart isn't very useful
    Salary increases only come if you get promoted - no cost-of-living adjustments
    Continuous restructuring as company changes focus
    Bureaucracy - getting stuff done can be difficult
    Product mentality is still network-biased and breaking out of that is challenging
    Work-life balance not as good as first claimed


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  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture, campus, laptops, game room

    Cons

    Growth , politics, distant from the gen Y


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    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is quite good here
    Stable career options

    Cons

    Bureaucracy limits innovation and ability to move within the company
    Cisco has a confused cloud strategy

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on culture of excellence


  7. "Flexible Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Reputable company

    Cons

    - People : most of the engineering work is outsourced to India and you have to really chase people to get things done
    - A lot of people are looking after their self interest rather than the company itself


  8. "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Renewed sense of excitement for the future with new leadership, flexible work options, amazing teammates

    Cons

    Work-life balance, slow to react

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Top notch technology, great benefits, flexible work hours

    Cons

    No job security, layoffs, promotion is really difficult

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the reorga


  10. "Love my Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, respect and care for employees, innovative

    Cons

    complex, bureacratic red tape, multiple databases


  11. "software developer co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly working environment, I learnt a lot during my internship.

    Cons

    Writing user stories took a lot of time!


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