Cisco Systems Software Engineer III Reviews

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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  1. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems

    "Good team, interesting work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-III in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good team, interesting work, good work life balance, less politics

    Cons

    Much older people. Less diversity.

    Cisco Systems2020-02-19
  2. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems

    "Best Work Life Balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer-III in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - beast work life balance - lots of benefits - competitive salary - flexible working hours - great WFH policy

    Cons

    - slow paced environment - some team does not have good project - not highly skilled pears

    Cisco Systems2020-01-12
  3. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems

    "Enjoy the work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III 

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, innovation, learning, awesome culture

    Cons

    No cons, I can say now

    Cisco Systems2020-01-10
  4. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems
    Helpful (1)

    "Very bad for the career growth."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-III in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Technology stack with my current team is good. Good leave policies like Emergency leave.

    Cons

    Worst politics by the managers, you will be given priority based on your mother tongue and religion. Quality of managers, team leads are very very bad. Even quality of some engineers is in pathetic condition. Overall making the environment very unsuitable for good engineers. Too many pupils for small modules, mostly many tech leads and managers. So working progress will be very very slow. sometimes no progress happens. Because of team's performance at the end you might get laid off. Even while lay offs managers will preference only for their people, so at the end poor engineers stay within Cisco and good engineers will be laid off.

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    Cisco Systems2019-11-18
  5. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems
    Helpful (1)

    "No recognition"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kanata, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good and supportive people

    Cons

    No work-life balance; Most managers expect you to work on weekends; Not being recognized if you don't show-off! Low salary in comparison with other companies in Ottawa; Hard to get promoted with hard work, but show off works totally fine; Most managers don't think and care about their employees and only think about their own growth

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    Cisco Systems2019-10-10
  6. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems
    Helpful (1)

    "Now a Median Company to Work for"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer-III in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work with after a couple of years of your start of career. Will have more development opportunities depending on your team and the work they contribute for the company. Has good work-life balance, it's flexible in this aspect. Good health insurance options and 401K match.

    Cons

    No clarity on bonus and promotions, will take few years for them and minimal hike in salary. Managers have absolute control of your career, HR is non-existent. Compensation is still below industry standards. Lots of Politics inside the teams, frustrating for employees as they don't get chance to work on where their interest lies. Lay-offs keep happening twice a year.

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    Cisco Systems2019-10-03
  7. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems

    "As intense as you want it to be"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, movement opportunities, learning opportunities, benefits, culture

    Cons

    Politics, large scale coordination, underpaid for top tier companies

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    Cisco Systems2019-05-28
  8. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems

    "Great place to start but growth depends on reporting Manager and BU"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer-III in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good resources available for the curious - Challenging environment and growth* opportunities - Transparency to technical information - Benefits (Car Lease, Healthcare Insurance, Medical check-ups etc) - Other department exposure - Good workplace environment - Work from home - Great food

    Cons

    At Company level - Big variation in salaries for same grade - No transparent appraisal/promotion process - No proper feedback loop from engineers to skip-level managers - HR department is a joke - Pay less than market median - Frequent Layoff/Workforce reduction, Engineers pay for the miscalculation of VPs and Directors - G8 and G10 are eligible for RSU component in their pay, but rarely get it. At Personal level - Career growth *entirely* depends on the manager you report to. - All concern/feedback stop with your reporting manager. No clear path for escalation - How we get raise in salary or job grade is opaque and often just the opinion of our manager - HR redirects all queries back to manager - Politics and growth is controlled/supported by directors/mangers - People within the team often gang-up and create silos to keep their product and job safe.

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    Cisco Systems2019-06-08
  9. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems
    Helpful (2)

    "Full time worked 2 years in S/w Developement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer-III in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary/Pay is good at hiring Good Work Culture Flexible timings Good PTO policy Best Campus & Infrastructure Health & Medical benefits good, best in industry Insurance policy also good Nice bonuses for top performers Transfer to other BU Nice Labs Good Facilities Career growth good No timesheet Work from home unlimited Good place to learn good ESPP plan Best office cafeteria in Bangalore

    Cons

    too many re-orgs too many seat change High attrition stability in job can be little risky too much BU dependent (some good , some bad) Hike is less , communication gap w.r.t. hike Hike every year may not be there; irregular hike and very less percentage No transparent Promotion policy Partiality, favoritism BU/Mgmnt may not be favourable Little BU politics No Fair treatment for Men, women get favors lack of project stability lack of new tech work no or very few stocks up to G-8 no hiring bonus

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    Cisco Systems2019-04-10
  10. Cisco Systems - Engineering - Software | Division of Cisco Systems
    Helpful (3)

    "Poor hike and promo cycles"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nothing much in pro! WFH is only thing, which is now being frowned upon

    Cons

    the india center doesnt do any good work. its all sustainance and crap work done after US team is done with minting money out of it

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    Cisco Systems2019-05-07
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