1. 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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  1. "Great Job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great Job! Could not have asked for a better experience!

    Cons

    None. It was an overall amazing experience

  2. Cisco Systems - Customer Experience | Division of Cisco Systems

    "Proactive company, always looking forward."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay, hard working people, incredible support team, great advancement opportunities for remote workers.

    Cons

    Long hours, especially for multinational focused positions, poor retirement benefits.

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