Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
4,912 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    cisco - bangalore development center - technical role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Bangalore

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - work from home policy is liberal
    - dev and test generally are on same payscales as per grade
    - from tech lead/manager level upward the pay and bonus are pretty good
    - reasonable work hrs except in certain crunch times
    - well developed process to roll out products, does not depend on 'napoleons' to get things done
    - good childcare center is onsite albeit one needs to reserve seat 24 months in advance, special cabs are provided to parents who want to bring the kids in cabs
    - vast array of food choices at reasonable price
    - good bus/cab service at nominal charge and two timings to every part of the city

    Cons

    - payscale for junior grades not that good
    - variable nature of work, some times good or bad depending on project or business unit
    - tendency of san jose to monopolize all the best work and opportunities even in relation to other sites in the US
    - too many mid level managers probably
    - due to long tail of support for legacy products lot of time goes in that, as opposed to fresh cleansheet work
    - a tendency to shift product support from site to site without enough skill building
    - hard to get promotions and raises in general
    - HR is invisible behind a web tool, the manager is doing HR role mostly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - distribute work more around the dev sites rather than let san jose eat all the fresh meat . they mess up as much as anyone else. avoiding looking at san jose as the 'gods'
    - be more generous with pay for juniors to retain the best candidates
    - make it worth it for senior tech people by improving overall profile of work in india

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great company, cutting edge technology, great benefits. Very talented colleagues.
    Facilities and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes, growth can seem slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TAC Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - TAC Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    I started working at Cisco TAC in Bangalore when it was just being set up. The benefits were amazing! Work from home, weekend/holiday pay, shift allowance, free cab service to and from home, energetic and young workplace, completely informal.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, stack ranking, not easy to advance, and MOST OF ALL, a lot of people seem to treat TAC as a temp job while they hunt for other jobs. Well, it was my first job out of college, so it may be that other jobs are also like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go easy on coercing employees into shifts, make it clear that holiday/weekend work is optional. REMOVE stack ranking, it is such BS!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exposure to cutting edge innovation this is awesome , work-life balance and awesome culture. Really learnt and enjoyed the time I spent in Cisco - strongly recommend

    Cons

    Layoff demotivates employee this is a bad place, Quality of recent recruits have degraded which is not good, Recent innovation culture has degraded which is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoff demotivates employee, leadership needs to be more encouraging to innovation

  6.  

    I have been working at Cisco full-time for more than 7 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    1. good work life balance
    2. good pay
    3. extra curicular activities
    4. Some products are really good

    Cons

    Difficult to get recognized and it depends on your manager completely. Frequent layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management vision is great but it is not flowing to lower management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    God company for mid to late career years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    - Work-life balance
    - skilled co workers

    Cons

    Compensation is not as per market standard.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good gym

    Cons

    slow growth. No free food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good culture and Great Network Engineering

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - ASIC Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    work-balance life. Great culture. Good person around to work. good flexibility to work.

    Cons

    No clear communication from senior management. All the time Layoff business model. Every year Layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have good vision to future project. make low cost products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome but dangerous risky company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Leader  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Bangalore

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gives lot of benefits and takes care of employees to level best

    Cons

    uncertainity, layoffs frequently, lackadaisical management,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good work-life balance, but not that exciting work or pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    The campus in Bangalore is amazing. Many perks offered depending upon the manager.

    Cons

    Work is not that exciting. Training includes CCNP and CCNA certification which is cool , but after that it is mostly 'bug scrub' , which means we have to sort of comments upon the bugs and report it to customers. Pay is not that good compared to other parallel jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the base pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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