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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 20 January, 2019
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  1. "Happy work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working from home. Unlimited emergency leave, okay health benefits

    Cons

    Older tech, slow to change, legacy stuff. Lot of pessimism within team!

    Advice to Management

    Pls less red tape.


  2. "Good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Work and life balance

    Cons

    No clear vision in management

  3. "Network Engineer"

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

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Every thing is good. Lots of learning

    Cons

    Nothing Major. Everything is pretty aligned

    Advice to Management

    None as of now


  4. "A Great Company in Transformation Stage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products, Strong GTM model, Post Sales Support, CEO

    Cons

    Compensation, Micromanagement, Work-Life balance, promotions and rewards


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Good diversity and culture.

    Cons

    Low pay for undermanagement employees.


  6. "Excellent company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Cisco is an amazing company to work for, you really feel you are best in the world and best for the world. Work life balance is great, and tremendous opportunity to try new things.

    Cons

    Innovation is sometimes hard to achieve. Like most companies you need to be in the right circles to get support for your ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more autonomy down the reporting chain. There are a lot of smart people working there yet decision making is reserved by a few key high up execs/architects. This limits creativity and innovation, even the process of experimentation can feel stifled.


  7. "Great Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of great colleagues
    - Tons of resources to help get the job done
    - Great investment made in the salesperson to advance their skillset
    - Benefits/Salary is top of the line, well above industry standards
    - Beautiful downtown office

    Cons

    - Little work/life balance
    - Reorganization happens every year. Your accounts get shuffled every year so those relationships you build with customers don't mean much if you have to pass them on to someone else.
    - People get let go constantly. Happens multiple times on a yearly basis.
    - No clear strategy from middle and upper management
    - A lot of politics, some managers are looking out for themselves rather than looking out for their team

    Advice to Management

    Have a WE mentality at all times, not just when its convenient to have one. It is a high stake, high reward type of environment and everyone needs support to get the job done.

  8. "Cisco Canada Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Extended Benefits
    Work from home
    Some really good people

    Cons

    Still Working on same old technologies which was invented 2 decades back
     Only very few selected people get promotion & hike every year.
     Frequent layoff
    Top bosses are in Sanjose and they have all the control
    NO HR and payrol team


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to work from home is a huge plus, certain freedom and good benefits + culture.

    Cons

    They need to improve the quality of their software products.


  10. "The grass isn't always greener"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Kanata, ON
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Kanata, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cisco is a large, successful tech company with its hands in many different technologies. This is a benefit for ensuring you get exposed to new technologies and projects. The culture in Ottawa is as similar to a start-up as you can get with a large company - there is great camaraderie amongst employees and inter-team collaboration. Compensation in Ottawa is very good compared to other large companies in the area. Vacation, benefits and perks are excellent.

    Cons

    Cisco shares the same downfalls as any large company with bureaucracy and silos that create scenarios where different teams may duplicate work or have breakdowns in communication. Working at Cisco in Canada you will suffer 'satellite office syndrome'. Fewer promotions, raises and less interesting work may come by.

    Advice to Management

    Management inside Ottawa is excellent. Executives should take the time to evaluate and find that Canadian engineers are probably the most productive for the dollar in the world.