Cisco Systems
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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.5 4,227 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The work life balance is better compare to many of the start-ups"
    in 467 reviews
  • "It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire"
    in 266 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance if you are an individual contributor"
    in 147 reviews
  • "The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity"
    in 139 reviews
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Great Place to work and update networking knowledge

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Salary
Flexible work hour
Nice working environment

ConsToo much into process
Too big to get recognized for promotion
At times Hike might be issue

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of employee not only in hiring but while working as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was full of learning and loads of fun.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Bonus
Good recognition, awards and promotions in the beginning, later it gets difficult unless you really stand out.

ConsCompensation should be improved and perks too

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great run

Vice President/General Manager (Former Employee)
Bangalore

I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

ProsGreat franchise. With cash flywheel

Cons... Running out of steam

Advice to Senior ManagementNew team

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Network Consulting Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work culture
Good pay
Technology is everywhere

ConsRelocation option is close to null even after long association

Advice to Senior ManagementIf employee is good enough try to retain him by helping him achieve his dream

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was Great

Senior Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork Life integration is really great

Consa healthy challenge is always needed.

Advice to Senior Managementrecognize the right talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good work life balance

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work life balance
Good facilities

ConsWork is not challenging enough
Performers are not appreciated/rewarded
Lot of internal politics for promotions and hikes. Reason is small budgets and relative gradings

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain people with good talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good but could be better

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsWork Life Balance is OK.

ConsNot enough Training and Travel budget, need to self teach (OJT)

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many meetings, salary and bonus are not easy to come by as there is not enough trickled down as most of it already picked before it flows down.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good but could be better

Software Engineer IV (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGood working environment and facilities

Consappraisals and hikes are not proper

Advice to Senior Managementappraisals and hikes should be looked at

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

ProsGood company to work with.

ConsNone as such. Long vision to be market leader across.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent

Software Engineer VIII (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Talented people
- Good life - work balance
- Good campus

Cons- Compensation mainly depends on budget not on your performance.
- Running behind other companies when comes to compensation.
- Many people from higher management are leaving company causing change in leadership hierarchy which is affecting employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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