Cisco Systems Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
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- "Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done." (in 3087 reviews)
- "Worked for Cisco for over 10 years the best I can say Benefits are good." (in 2236 reviews)
- "Also great for people with families as lot work in hybrid settings or from home." (in 1743 reviews)
- "There are alot of great people and the culture is great!" (in 1632 reviews)
- "Very inviting and good work culture" (in 935 reviews)
- "Frequent layoffs and yearly hikes were low" (in 1266 reviews)
- "Bad management with little interest in employees" (in 735 reviews)
- "Bad Managers were promoted." (in 584 reviews)
- "Too much politics; people don't work for the common goal but to justify their existence" (in 179 reviews)
- "Middle and upper management seems very oblivious." (in 159 reviews)
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- 3.0Jun 10, 2022Finance ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
Flexibility to work from anywhere, most people are really great to work with. Good communication from ELT.
Finance tools very inefficient and outdated. Work life balance highly dependent on the team you are in and who you work with. Since most finance teams are a 'business partnering' function, the business partners you work with may dictate your work atmosphere and work life balance. For me, work life balance is lacking with constantly changing deliverables, unclear processes, everything being a priority all at once, and team members working 12+ hours daily.Cisco Systems Response2y
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your 5+ years with us. We are happy to learn that you are content with the flexible work options, your colleagues, and Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team. We value your feedback in the Cons and Advice to Management sections and will share it with the appropriate leadership.
- 4.0Oct 4, 2021Services Sales ExecutiveCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsPhila, PA
Good pay and benefits, work life balance in sales is good.
Lot of dead weight with new positions but easy to hide and good work life balance.
- 4.0Jul 7, 2014Software Engineer IVCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSan Jose, CA
Opportunities are plenty if you have the drive to go get them. Excellent mentorship available for new grads. Good work life balance is encouraged and there is plenty of work for those who want to go above and beyond the call of duty.
As in any company this size, there isn't always direct visibility into where the organization or company is going. Org changes happen very often so there isn't always a clear course forward.
- 5.0Feb 16, 2015Consulting Systems EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
Lots of resources Industry giant great balance for a large company between innovation and stability great work life balance if you manage it right (will vary based on role and qtr of year) lots of hands on when you want it.
as with any large company its hard to know what resources/ppl you have available to you. comes with time. upward mobility is easier if you are willing to move into new roles vs staying in same role. you go to promotion...
- 3.0Feb 22, 2017IT Business Systems AnalystCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSan Jose, CA
Excellent benefits, flexible working from home using WebEx, and transitioning into a more competitive relevant company. It's also easy to find new opportunities and grow within the company. There are many folks, especially more middle-aged folks who've been with the company for multiple years and who maintain and excellent work/life balance.
Cisco is massive and there'll be lots of big corporate headaches with communication. You'll find dozens of teams working on similar things, but no centralized approach. This is getting better with reorgs and aligning to the industry, but still a big issue.2
- 4.0Jan 15, 2013ManagerFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsSan Jose, CA
Great benefits, competitive salaries. Fairly easy to move around within the company. Many competent and caring people on board.
Competing product lines and priorities. Way too many corporate initiatives to be effective. Work/life balance very difficult due to virtual global teams and complexity of stakeholders involved in almost any decision of consequence. Management increasingly disconnected from the technical community.
- 4.0Oct 10, 2010Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeSan Jose, CA
Cisco System is a great place to work because they make an attempt to balance work and life. I suspect it differs from division to division but I think they do a decent job. It is a stable company and a fine place to work for the long term. If you're in the right job, you get to tackle some really interesting problems. Before the recession, they had a plethora of training options both classroom and virtual. Due to the cut back, some of it had to be trimmed back, but they do encourage you to develop yourself.
Given the size of the company, you feel at times that your impact is minimal and you are just another cog. the size of the company has also increased bureaucratic and political complexity. making lateral moves is difficult. on the plus side, i think management realizes these problems and are taking steps to make changes.2
- 1.0Feb 3, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSan Jose, CA
Work with some very bright and great people.
Little work life balance and they don't stand behind their own 'zero tolerance' for harrassment policy. When you report something you get told to get over it and move on. I've heard this from at least 10 people at this point.7
- 5.0Oct 10, 2018Talent Acquisition ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsMiami, FL
Cisco has a great culture - we encourage our employees to be active in their communities and to volunteer, we have a strong team environment, and we are encouraged to innovate and take risks. We have great collaboration tools that allow many employees to work remotely and we do encourage work/life balance. I love my team, my peers and the future of Cisco as a leader in technology.
Learning to navigate your way around Cisco can be a challenge. It is a very big and complex organization, but your teammates will help you! There are pockets of bureaucracy and legacy behaviors that we could improve on. We need to integrate some of our tools and become more cutting edge.2
- 5.0Oct 9, 2015MBA Marketing InternFormer EmployeeResearch Triangle Park, NC
Everything was awesome. They put you on teams that you can succeed on and gave you all the available tools to come into the job and meet your demands. The work life balance is really great and you feel like a full time employee during your time there
Nothing was a con other than there were was no snack machine in the break room due to building renovations.