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Great work environment and great people
Event Mgr/Product Trainer/Sales & Cust Support (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 28, 2017
Cisco has a great work environment. I learned a lot working there and fortunately, had several opportunities to move into different roles, so plenty of job growth there! The culture is upbeat and friendly. Lots of perks, with an awesome café, Starbucks on-site, gaming activities, gym, and other entertainment venues for the employees. The hardest part of the job was leaving when they dissolved my department and product. Unfortunately, they were on a hiring freeze at that time! Most everything was enjoyable while working there and I would rank it as a great place to work with a great environment with work/life balance!
Pros
Ability to advance, great training, good management. Lots of perks; childcare, on-site multi-cultural café, Starbucks on-site, gaming activities, gym, and other entertainment venues for the employees.
Cons
At the time I worked there they did not hire many contractors to full time employees
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Good plae to work
Software Test Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 28, 2017
Depends on the group you work in. Balanced work life and personal life. Office hours would be 9:30am to 5:30pm. You'll get to learn good technical skills.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
No job security
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Great company culture and work-life balance.
Program Manager/Project Coordinaor (Former Employee) –  Research Triangle Park, NCJune 27, 2017
Cisco is a great place to work for several reasons. The company offered great benefits of work-life balance, company culture and an encouraged its employees to embrace innovation.
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Stress at work environment- Management can do a better work
Sr. Business Analyst / Project Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 27, 2017
Cisco is growing from technology perspective and the work is good.
However, the management can do better on work ethics. People skills are lacking in mid level management and the focus is more on achieving tasks. As if it's not the people but the machines at work.
You can see faces of employees with high stress and rarely someone smiles. They are concerned about losing the job or getting reprimanded by manager over trivial matters.
Please concentrate on the people because the people make the workplace and profits. Numbers are important but people should take priority.
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Great flexibility, great benefits
Project Manager - CC-CS Operations (Current Employee) –  Rancho Cordova, CAJune 27, 2017
Cisco offers workers the ability to work from home which is outstanding. The health benefits package is second to none. Some divisions are unstable, however, with new management coming in and laying off tenured employees quarterly.
Pros
Great flexibility, great benefits
Cons
Difficult to advance career, unstable job security
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WebEx wasn't so great
Event Producer (Former Employee) –  Rochester, NYJune 27, 2017
Lots of mandatory overtime and late night work hours. Very little programming involved - under utilized skills. It's basically a technical support role.
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Excellent company to work for with good health benefits and above average salary.
SENIOR NETWORK ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TexasJune 26, 2017
Excellent company to work for with good health benefits and above average salary.

The best part is working with some of the bright people in the industry.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
Too many levels of management
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Good work/life balance. Not much else
Business Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 26, 2017
Good work/life balance. Not much else. Managers on some teams are fantastic, on others, you wonder how they have lasted there so long. Work experiences can differ greatly depending on what team you are in.
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Great Flexibility, but Boring
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCJune 26, 2017
There are a lot of people who work remotely for Cisco so there is a great deal of flexibility with hours. I really enjoy working remote and my direct manager is awesome. The company culture feels like an 'every man for himself' culture. There are a ton of contract workers (myself included) and the contract workers are traded around teams and laid off on regular intervals. The pace is slow like most large companies. You don't really feel the impact of your work to the bottom line, but that may be good for some people in that it's less pressure.

A lot of the employees at Cisco have been there for over a decade so people are pretty set in their ways and complacent with how things 'have always been done.'
Pros
Flexibility, Work life Balance
Cons
no benefits for contract workers, not exciting
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Great benefits and pay, emotional toll
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Research Triangle Park, NCJune 26, 2017
15+ year veteran, have seen the culture degrade. I would still recommend it as a company to work for, and if you're willing to make specific sacrifices, you will be rewarded.
I think it comes down to the individual, your drivers, where you're at in you personal life, and where you want to go with your career. I'm thankful for the quality of home life it's afforded me, but not the emotional toll it has taken.
And now that I'm later in career, I've even been told by mgmt lately that they were "looking for someone earlier in career." (yeah, I know, HR would be all over that one!).

Leadership focus is on metrics and speed of delivery. Quality relationships and team building are thrown out the window when the metrics aren't being met.

There's also no focus on career building. If I hear "you own your career" one more time....sigh. The quandary is, you get told that, then when you take ownership, you hear things like "this is where we see your career going." Which is ultimately a play to fill a gap that exists in that moment within a department's need.

In summary, great benefits, great pay, lots of opportunity for the right person, but a large sacrifice of one's self, both in time and emotionally.
Pros
Great benefits and salary, great opportunity for someone early in career and willing to invest the time.
Cons
Minimal job security, not for someone later in career, large sacrifice and toll on emotional well-being.
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Fun working at this place
Sr. DevOps Engineer (Current Employee) –  Research Triangle Park, NCJune 26, 2017
The company has wonderful environment and excellent management as well and good work place, the toughest part would be bugs at peak time and enjoyable part would be the superior employees being helpful
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Great benefits, peers are phenomenal, diverse opportunities
Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Denver, COJune 24, 2017
In my roles at Cisco, the work was very demanding and most were extremely demanding, making work-life balance difficult. The company and managers were flexible regarding working from home and the time of day worked so there was flexibility in that regard.
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a great company to work
Senior Software Testing Engineer/Project Lead (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 24, 2017
A leading hardware/software network company in the world. Good for me to get an experiences in this company. I left the company and join a startup company with my friends
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temp to perm
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 23, 2017
My contract at Cisco was meant for temp to perm but never flourished into a permanent position and my contract kept getting extended which made it a very undesirable situation.
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Great Place to work
I.T. Project Manager Consultant (Experis IT) (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 22, 2017
Must be self-starter and likes challenges to be successful.
there is always a chance of getting laid off but if you make a name for yourself, Cisco will be a great place to work for.

Consultants conversion will not be easy. typically can be 3-5 years in the making
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Excellent Place to Work
Software QA Engineer (Former Employee) –  Costa Mesa, CAJune 22, 2017
If you seek career growth, balanced life and excellent working culture, this is a place to be. The QA team is flawless. Endless opportunities for growth
Pros
Good Learning Environment
Cons
CAn't think of any
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good company in work force shrink mode due to acquisitions
Product Manager (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 22, 2017
work day was flexible and most folks were good colleagues

product and software portfolio are right up my alley

well kept work environment

occasional team building parties
Pros
early start option
Cons
reduction in force
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Cool tech, smart people, good balance
Solutions Architect (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 21, 2017
Great exposure to any technology you want to learn. Super smart people everywhere. Work hard and play hard, great balance of work and personal time. Big company but everyone willing to help anyone with anything, easy to find who and what you need to do your job.
Pros
work from home, or anywhere really
Cons
overlay teams are always subject to restructuring every year
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Hard charging organization
Director, National Sales Operation (Current Employee) –  Research Triangle Park, NCJune 21, 2017
Cisco is a hard charging organization strong in technical thought leadership but high stress and low level of work life balance. Not a family friendly organization.

Great people and some of the most talented sales and engineering talent in the world.
Pros
Engineering talent, breadth of products
Cons
Work life balance
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Highly Technical Environment
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Research Triangle Park, NCJune 21, 2017
Challenging environment supporting the best customers. Work place is clean and energetic. Work location is ideal in that housing is affordable and near by.
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