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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2017
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  1. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly motivated and focused Company.

    Cons

    Some organizational and structural concerns.


  2. "Very Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Perfect atmosphere and perfect Management

    Cons

    I couldn't find any downsides at Cisco


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    "Big Company, Big Problems, Big Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits if you're regular hire
    Excellent environment for people who like working in big teams
    Lots of learning opportunities
    Some travel opportunities

    Cons

    Company is really disorganized
    Pretty well annual rounds of layoffs, despite what management tells you
    Upper management's communication is basically BS
    You will spend a lot of time doing things that are not your job (e.g. booking your own travel) due to a completely self-serve model
    Very little emphasis on giving employees good tools
    Company only seems to grow because it acquires other companies

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying people off randomly. Tell the truth in briefings, not just corporate-speak happytalk. Give your employees good tools to do their jobs (like content management systems that actually work). Change the focus of the company so it's not only growing because it's acquiring other companies; maybe pick an area in which to compete and stick to it instead of trying to do everything.


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  5. "Good experience, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Allows to work remotely, latest and greatest technologies are used

    Cons

    Don't pay a lot, company is not doing well overall


  6. "overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive products, partner relationship, global scales. good pay and benefits

    Cons

    career growth is hard. it is a low growth company. all roles are full.

    Advice to Management

    Be more specific and directive. too difficult to understand both top management and functional management clearly


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work with the best senior engineers

    Cons

    It can get really stressful at times


  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture, campus, laptops, game room

    Cons

    Growth , politics, distant from the gen Y


  11. Helpful (1)

    "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


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