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Very difficult and no work life balance. Seemed very difficult to please management. Should have given an iv so we wouldn’t need to eat Couldn’t work from home. 12 to 16 hours a day total burnout.Asked for a day off when a friend was in town got no for an answer No time off more then a couple years
Most people start out as contact employees and layoffs are frequent. Contract employees are the first to go. In fact, they hire mostly contract employees and find ways to keep them as contract employees longer than is normally allowed, knowing that another layoff is coming and that they’ll be the first on the chopping block. People are expected to stay as contract employees for at least a year but I’ve know people who were contact for more than three years.
Hard to become a FTE, not much onboarding.
Worked on an interesting application that taught me many different skills. Developers and management were also very supportive and the company seemed to be a fulfilling place to work at.
Good compensation, Great team, Great leadership
For their early history, Cisco made the best network gear, hands down. But then they tried to shoehorn this "Linux" thing into their routers and all heII broke loose. Now there's three or four different platforms, all with similar and different flaws. On top of that they try to buy tech companies with the expectation of rolling that "new tech" into their products but unless they just slap a "Cisco" label on it, very little tech seems to be so earth-shattering that the warring engineering teams can ever consolidate and make great gear once again.The engineers are mind-blowing smart and the folks you work with day to day are the best you'll probably chance to meet. The projects you work on are usually very exciting if you're a problem solver.Touchy-feely HR now requires diversity training for one of the most internally diverse companies in existence. Go figure. Gives to all the "causes du jour" so take that as a warning/guarantee. Great benefits for making sure your work life balance is met.
Benefits, work/life balance
Yearly layoffs take a toll
Very good employee resources and benefits. Oversized middle and lower management impede productivity and growth.
Very good employee resources and benefits. Best technology to work both remotely and at work. Too many middle and lower-level managers competing for their own careers without any regard for their teams. Reward and growth are based on sycophancy, performance has` no value.
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Unfortunately, Cisco is experiencing the downward slide that most large companies eventually face if they do not remain relevant in the technology sector. While our HR leadership is focused on meditation and feel-good ideas, the rest of our company wonders when we will get back to the business of making money. We are impacting huge numbers in our workforce and the folks who are left are expected to pick of the pieces and carry on like nothing happened. Touchy-feely personas won't help when your workload increase 2x or 3x. It's time to switch out the exec leadership and get Cisco moving in the right direction. The CFO and head of Engineering could already see the decline and parted before the ugliness was obvious.
Great benefits. People at Cisco are fantastic--helpful, smart, driven.
Workload is unbearable. Deficiency in leadership and coaching. People have become another commodity
I spent 17 years at Cisco as a mid-level manager as well as individual contributor SME. Good: crazy smart people with passion; very cool tech and applications. Solid compensation. I was able to work remotely 3 days a week for 5 years and fully remote for 6 more. San Jose centric focus broke that streak.Bad: became a political organization and lost its way on strategy. Seems to be recovering a bit, but Cisco really never seemed to come all the way back after the Dot-Com Crash. San Jose centric for a global company.
I worked in Supply Chain:Respect for diversity - as an international supply chain, we have team members from all over the world. The company highly respects this diversity. Things like "Black Lives Matter" are respected and discussed in company-wide meetings. There is also a wide range of employee ages and life circumstances.Work/life balance - we would sometimes have early or late meetings due to the nature of the job. But it is okay to take off during the day if needed. There is also a "Time to Give" program for volunteer work.Benefits - typical large company with excellent health care, PTO time, and for certain campuses, on-site medical, dental and vision services.
Can be a lot of work, tight deadlines
Cisco does not innovate like Google or Amazon. Cisco's answer to innovation is buy up smaller companies and hope they hit the next big thing. Cisco missed the cloud revolution because they did not invest in it and there are not any small companies that can afford to spend the money on cloud like Amazon and Google did.
Work from home
Too many reorgs and management is clueless about which employees are good and which are deadwood.
Work life balance is good but growth opportunities are very limited - esp if u are not in SJC. Frequent management changes and direction changes cause stress and yearly LR can impact anyone.
Cisco is very intentional about the culture they are creating throughout all levels of leadership. It’s a very inclusive working environment. There’s also a lot of flexibility and work/life balance. The benefits are very good. They care about investing in their employees to grow talent from within. Rotating to different roles within the organization is also heavily promoted. Almost all of the managers are great people leaders.
Benefits, flexibility, growth
Work is easy and steady, but advancement is slow or none existent due to the ladder effect, or teams being not easily interchanged due to not wanting to train new hires and only get people that know the work for subpar compensation. Also the use of contract workers instead of just hiring them is upsetting, as it will have the tendency to make it so you never are really a cisco employee just a contractor that can be replaced.
Stay away from CX!!! Poor leadership to the top. Lots of great people in Cisco but you have to find them. At least yearly RIFs, work/life balance is tough to maintain. It all boils down to who you work for. But CX is still a mess almost 2 years after they blew up the whole thing and started over.