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Updated 18 February, 2018
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  • Work life balance can be poor in certain groups / certain times (in 408 reviews)

  • Internal complexity and operational challenges of any big company (in 333 reviews)

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  1. "Solution architect"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good salary, benefits, work-life balance, technical learning

    Cons

    unstable, un reliable, stressful ,


  2. "Great work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture with a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Growth might be a bit slow.


  3. "Senior Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good employee experience with the best infrastructure and collaboration technologies to help productivity

    Cons

    Orgs working in own silos with extremes from being a white elephant to ruthless uncaring business focussed.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating value to customers and industry and stop playing around buzzwords and packaging old wine in a new bottle


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  5. "Sales Operations"

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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

    Compensation, benefits, people, PTO, leadership

    Cons

    Location, systems, tools, employee purchases,


  6. "Sytems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary, Traveling, Work-life Balance.

    Cons

    Layoffs Pressure, you are always thinking if you will be let go the next day even you are performing good.

    Advice to Management

    Take the performance into consideration. Need some performance reviews throughout the year


  7. "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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "people deal is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    With the right team and boss this can be a rewarding place to work.
    Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lay off central at Cisco these past few years -- and it's ain't over. In fact, it's the new normal.
    They're bringing in the young and kicking out the old... 45 years-old or more and a grade 12 or above and you're a target!
    100% financially driven. Not customer-centric at all.
    Highly political.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over-rotating to such extent that course correction destroys morale, momentum, as well as executive and market confidence.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  11. "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


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