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How employees describe working at Cisco

depends on the role. It can go either very good or very bad. no middle ground. In case of it being very good, seamless process. Cannot negotiate salary, raise, promotions. Take it or leave it policy

Posted 4 days ago

Awesome innovative people care flexibility

Posted 16 days ago

average experience with not so great compensation

Posted 19 days ago

Lots of opportunity for growth but easy to get stretched too thin.

Review from Marketing Dept · Posted 20 days ago

Needs to come to the 21st century

Posted 23 days ago
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What it's like to work at Cisco

  • Cisco employees generally work 9.0 hrs a day
  • Employees at Cisco report the work pace is comfortably fast
  • On a typical day, employees at Cisco have 4+ meetings
  • 84% of Cisco employees look forward to interacting with their team every day
  • Cisco employees most often take 20-30 paid vacation and sick days each year
  • 84% of Cisco employees report they are happy with their work life balance
  • Cisco employees typically get valuable feedback on how to improve at work Once a month
  • 85% of Cisco employees call their work environment positive

Q&A With Cisco Employees

Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • Top Employee Response

    Hire a Chief Culture Person and make sure that they include remote initiatives.

  • The internal politics of hierarchy and cliques limit the ability for all employees to succeed. I would recommend bringing back performance reviews and creating open opportunities for constructive dialog as opposed to the current Team Space automated system.

  • I wish they would behave more like a startup. They talk a good game about it, but in reality it often doesn't work that way.

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  • Tilted toward work.

  • Depends on location. Outside of San Jose you have to push a little harder to make a work-life balance.

  • Excellent

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  • Top Employee Response

    Be honest. Show your thought process.

  • Be honest. If you dont know an answer, say that you arent fully sure about the answer and request to move on to the next question gracefully.

  • Be nice. Make sense. Don't drag things out.

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  • Worry free, positive optimistic. Broadly speaking, there is very low stress compared other cultures.

  • Very supportive.

  • Positive

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  • Open, friendly, supportive, demanding, fast, and top-down but changing

  • Open doors, provided there's no questioning

  • Depends on the group and whether or not you are remote or in the office. Huge remote culture so sometimes those folks can feel isolated depending on the group. If you are in office, it depends on which. Such a large acquisition company that people are sometimes naturally segmented. And being so large, you don't always feel connected to the company itself but more so your team.

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  • Fast, easy, friendly

  • Tough, multiple interviews, pretty long

  • I didn't interview as I was part of an acquisition team but having seen it on the other side, it seemed very clinical and cold.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • We have promotions?

  • merit, time in role, references and opportunity

  • I don't think at the Executive level but probably at the smaller levels.

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  • As long as there are no specific shift requirements, very flexible

  • Moderate, it depends on the needs of the customer. If you have to come in early and leave early for a project or vice versa, we typically do what needs to be done to keep the customers happy and maintain Cisco's brand while not burning our people out.

  • Very flexible location and schedule

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • They told me, A customer calls and asks you to describe to them and document how to staple together two pieces of paper, what would you do? This was right before they asked me how long did I think it would take to become a manager. Totally threw me off.

  • I was asked how I would align multiple teams working on multiple products around a common vision. Whoa!

  • If you have multiple teams with multiple product visions working on a single product formed after a merger, how would you align them around a single vision?

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • 30 minutes to an hour, typically.

  • A couple of hours

  • Mine was about 2 hours. Your mileage may very

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • My interview was intense and to the point with little wasted time. The interviews I give are the same, I want to know and see how a candidate does under pressure because while certs and degrees are great, you also need to be able to think on your feet. I think everyone else interviews pretty much the same way.

  • Quick and easy. Maybe too easy!

  • The interview was a pretty straightforward process. A portfolio review followed by a whiteboarding design challenge.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • Working on real problems that people face every day, and knowing I’ve made a difference in people’s lives: our users, and the people who rely on their work & our product.

  • Culture and people.

  • Dealing with customers, making a difference

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  • Very. My teammates have a commitment to excellence on top of their fast work pace

  • Challenged everyday with something new.

  • A lot by being given multiple assignments and same time to deal with those and focus on the outcome

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  • People people, in the design department. Or super-talented savants. Hard to tell sometimes

  • Type A personalities do not do well. People with drive who collaborate well will thrive.

  • Networking is king

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  • Yuppie. Open and hip like a startup

  • Open Workspace. Flexible office space.

  • Open space, people keep moving around

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  • It’s common to see nonwhite employees, but there is surprising uniformity among the minorities represented here.

  • Cisco is an extremely diverse company on all facets. Race, Age, Gender etc...

  • Quite compared to other companies

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  • Cloud is growing fast, Video is having challenges

  • Depends on the day. I would say that transparency and communication across all of the teams is lacking. There are also a lot of people who have been there a long time so they don't know anything about the current market.

  • Hardware business is struggling and software, services is growing the fastest

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  • Flexible with at least a month notice.

  • Pretty fair with notice. Sick days are not separate

  • Excellent. PTO can be used for sick or time off. Average about 6.1 hours per pay period, about 12 hours a month. You can NOT go over 280. You can also go -40 Negative if needed. The only other company I know that has a better plan is SaS.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • Maybe

  • A lot.

  • Yes but not in TAC/Support. Those are known as BIC positions and you have to have a health issue to be approved. Many PM positions are remote however. Cisco does have a remote policy that is pretty good. Remote for any form of support requires the approval of the manager, director and VP on an ongoing basis.

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  • ranges from denim and hoodies to slacks and button downs, depends on whether meeting with customers that day

  • Varies depending on role, location. Ranges from casual to business casual to business attire. For engineering, typically dress code is very casual. Sales and marketing business casual or smart business.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • Dogs in the workplace policy allows people to bring dogs to certain sites. Certain breeds restricted, must have a good demeanor.

  • Accepted in some offices.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • Top Employee Response

    Definitely background check. I don't think they drug test though. You go through multiple interview cycles generally.

  • background test only

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • dependant upon team and action needed to support

  • With a thorough fairness.

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Asked to all employees at Cisco

  • In many cases, technical ones

  • Questions regarding sub-netting for entry level engineers. Each Manager has their own style and things they look for, so this is difficult to answer.

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Asked to the Design Department at Cisco

  • The pay is competitive, but a good amount of your compensation is locked up in semi-annual bonuses that you aren't eligible for until after a year of service

  • Competitive. Part of your salary is locked up in the bonus

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