Cisco was a nice place to work however management seemed to be not very organized. My manager at the time did not have any experience AT ALL in the finance department. Which was difficult as a new comer to Cisco.
Graphic Designer (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – May 17, 2016
I have enjoyed my time working at Cisco. I have met a lot of great people who have been supportive and helpful during my time there. You usually have the ability to work from home. If you are a red badge employee you will have a difficult time advancing while there.
Working from home is the best
Bad benefits and hard to advance in certain departments
Productive and fun workplace with a ping pong and pool table.
NOC Engineer (Current Employee) – Round Rock, TX – May 17, 2016
Great place to get your career moving in the right direction. Great training and growth opportunities within the company. They will help to get you were you want to go.
Management is laid back but very attentive. Co-workers are awesome due to a strategic hiring process. No hard part of this job. Most enjoyable part of the job is the learning capabilities and the growth opportunity.
free lunches couple times a week, starbucks coffee, pool table, ping pong table, shower, atmosphere
Mostly focus on the work. Some work life balance, but very dependent on who you work for.
Sr. Technical Architect (Current Employee) – San Jose, CA – May 15, 2016
Typical day at work mostly focused on finishing tasks at hand. Always pressed for time due to hurried Agile cycles. Depending on the team you work with, the co-workers can be great to be with or sort of you get by with. Hardest part of the job is convincing the management that you are worth keeping on, so your job does not get outsourced. Enjoyable part of the work is focusing on the work and seeing that it is being completed and being used.
Rack and Stack Technician (Former Employee) – Lawrenceville, GA – May 13, 2016
• Install / decommission switches and servers in the data center, and troubleshoot any device in the data center that requires physical connectivity. • Install and support temp sensing monitors, power strips, server cabs, wireless access points, and IP Phones, while troubleshooting network issues. • Rack and stack work, closet work, putting together server racks, and patch panels.
Extremely comfortable work environment at high paced, front-line technology company.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Boxborough, MA – May 12, 2016
Surprisingly laid back company with high demands on final products. Daily I was managing software licensing for major service providers across the eastern seaboard, as well as designing and creating new servers/licensing across the country. Organization was of the highest priority, and I was glad to find the company and management open to new methods of streamlining organization process and improving efficiency. My co-workers were accomplished at their jobs and welcoming to new ideas and concepts, while also maintaining what had worked in the past. The hardest part of my job was releasing a license to a client, strictly because of stress on legal matters relating to a perfect product. That was also the most enjoyable part of the job, by providing an incredibly profitable service for both the client and the company.
Great benefits and a comfortable work environment
Cross-department functionality relied slightly on who you knew as individuals.
Very similar to working at EMC. Can easily get burned out. Your contribution and impact to the overall company is minimal but held to very high standards.
ability to learn a lot, meet and work with a lot of smart people, the pay is very good, training
Not a lot of autonomy and very regimated, a lot of internal politics, a lot of pressure, you could be looking over your shoulder a lot, such a big company it is inevitable that there will be people you do not get along with.
Project Manager, to Network Consulting Engineer (Former Employee) – Rogers, AR – May 6, 2016
In my first years at Cisco I was in a sales office and though the work was long and hard, it was fun and fulfilling. My first opportunity for full time employment came with the newly formed at the time service division where I was assigned to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Was-Mart as a customer was very anti Cisco culture and wanted us to live in and adopt their oppressive culture. During my tenure there Wal-Mart became the Fortune Once company and man did the management base get an ego boost from that. They had an internal mantra of; "Ask for Mars, you just might get the moon." They were a very difficult customer to satisfy and had a requirement of our team that we choose Cisco or Wal-Mart loyalties. If Cisco, see you later. The compensation was good and I learned a ton but there was no work life balance.
Good pay and other benefits such as stock options and great bonuses.
Being assigned to Wal-Mart took most of the fun of working for Cisco away.