At Cisco, 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1287 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.25. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 70307 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

What They Do

We asked Cisco to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Our strategy is to solve our customers’ most important business challenges. We deliver intelligent networks and technology architectures built on integrated products, services, and software platforms.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: San Jose, California, 95134 US Sites: 148
Major Locations: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 27560; Richardson, Texas, 75082; Boxbourough, Massachusetts, 01719; Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30044 US Employees: 37,289
US Revenues: $29,070 million Worldwide Revenues: $49,330 million
Employees Worldwide: 72,094 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: CSCO Founded: 1984

With team members like this, it's hard not to have fun.

Perks and Programs

We asked Cisco to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Connected Recognition: A thank you means so much more when it comes from your peers. With over 236,000 global recognition moments in FY17, everyone is a part of the rewards process, not just our leaders. There’s no long, drawn-out process, so people get the thanks they deserve right away. No approval is required for recognition under $100, and employees can give rewards with higher value, up to $2,000, with a manager’s approval. Everyone can nominate someone they see embodying our culture to connect everything, innovate everywhere and benefit everyone. 87 percent of the employees have received an award!
  • LifeConnections Health and Fitness Center: Our largest US campus sites have Cisco LifeConnections Health and Fitness Centers where our people can stay healthy and recharge. The 24,000 square-foot facility in San Jose has medical offices, a pharmacy, vision center, dental center and fitness center all under one room. At our fitness center, employees can get everything from massage therapy and pilates to coaching and nutrition counseling. And because we’re Cisco, our employees like to geek out when they workout by creating their own workout experience with customized displays, personalized training programs and virtual outdoor training scenarios. Their training data and preferences are all stored in the cloud, so employees can access the info whenever and wherever they like.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Balancing all of life’s responsibilities and joys is personal to every individual. There’s no “one size fits all.” That’s why work-life balance at Cisco is at the discretion of each employee and their manager. We give our employees the tools and technologies to work anywhere, anytime. More than 70 percent of our employees use this benefit and work from both their home and office on a regular basis. For instance, the Network Virtual Office lets employees work from home—over a secured connection— with all the tools they have in the office. It’s like your office cube teleported to your living room.
  • Time2Give: We know employees want to make a difference in the world. Our Employees told us they wanted more time and flexibility to volunteer, and we gave it to them! Through Time2Give, each employee gets five days per year—fully paid—to volunteer for the cause(s) of their choice. In fiscal year 2017, Cisco employees volunteered 138,339 hours using Time2Give!
  • Birthday Day Off: At Cisco, we know that sometimes it’s the little things that make a world of difference in the lives of our employees. How about making your birthday your own personal holiday? All employees are able to take a day off, with pay, up to 10 calendar days before or after their birthday. All employees need to do is tell their manager what day they’ll be taking off. Some employees have celebrated by kayaking, going to the movies with family or relaxing by the beach.
  • Money Coach: Personal finances can be challenging, regardless of your life stage or income level. So Cisco gives you access to a personal Money Coach! You can work with a certified, unbiased My Secure Advantage Money Coach for up to 90 consecutive days each calendar year at no cost to you! Like a personal trainer, a Money Coach helps you get in great financial shape. Launched in Fall 2016, 1,000 employees have engaged with a coach and over 400 attended an informational meeting on how to get help from Money Coach.
  • Inclusion and Collaboration Communities: At Cisco, our culture of inclusion is fueled by a vibrant I&C Community—a platform for diverse groups to connect, explore their passions and talents, innovate, and excel. Over 25,000 of our people now participate across 43 countries through groups designed around a variety of unique objectives. Cisco’s Employee Resource Organizations (EROs)—like Conexion, Connected Black Professionals, PRIDE, VETS, and Connected Women—bring together members of diverse groups of employees to build relationships and to do amazing things within our company and across the world. Our Business Initiated Networks align by function— like Women in Cyber Security—to innovate and develop new capabilities. Virtual Groups help connect remote workers and I&C Ambassadors advocate for the culture of inclusion at Cisco.
  • Cisco's Disaster Response Team: Cisco is there when disaster strikes. With the ability to deploy within 72 hours, our Tactical Operations (TacOps) team quickly responds by establishing emergency communications for government agencies and humanitarian organizations so they can synchronize their relief efforts. The iconic Network Emergency Response Vehicle serves as the self-contained command and communications center in the field. TacOps has responded to over 39 disasters on six continents and connected more than 600,000 people during acute crises. Most recently, our TacOps team was deployed to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe and North Uganda, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and the Blue Cut Fire in California.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan: Cisco’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) is a fantastic opportunity for our employees to improve their financial wellbeing or simply show confidence in Cisco’s future. Employees can elect to contribute up to 10% of their pay to purchase Cisco stock. Purchases are made twice per year at 85% of the fair market value based on the stock price at the beginning of the 24-month offering period, or on the purchase date, whichever is lower. The ESPP program’s generous 24-month offering period is a differentiator compared to our peers. Over 67% of our U.S. employees participate in the ESPP program.
  • Talent Programs: Your career is important to Cisco. Both your current role and the roles you will take on in the future. Cisco provides a StandOut Assessment to reveal what energizes a person at work and guides them to play to their strengths everyday. My Development Space enables employees to understand and assess their skills, find personalized learning opportunities, and discover new projects and roles to support their growth and development. This tool greatly supports you while you navigate your career next steps in the short and long term as seen by the 80% utilization of employees.


100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 5% of salary91% Company-paid health coverage for employees
83% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 85% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $10,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
With flexible work environments, you can work with your favorite paw-workers


36 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment 36 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
10 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (70% use it)
  • Telecommute option (70% use it)
  • Job sharing (7% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Full onsite cafes, onsite fitness, onsite pharmacy, onsite physicians, a variety of fitness classes, booster fuel (gas filling at your parking stall while you work), bookmobile (mobile library), scoop ride pool, iCars (on demand intra-campus shuttle), car wash, oil change, events catering, summer party on the patios, mass transit shuttle service, personal package shipping, grab n go fresh food kiosks in breakrooms, healthy snack vending, free: popcorn, Starbucks coffee, and tea, dogs to work, free ride home, dry cleaning, office supply cabinet, subsidized public transportation, EV charging stations, childcare facilities, nap pods, massage chairs, smart parking, fresh juice bars, smart day lockers, game centers)


100 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 100 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
63 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take65 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit65 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
65 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

40 hours Paid time off to volunteer $355,000,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
"Global Manager, Energy and Sustainability; Director, Supply Chain Sustainability; Services Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Manager; Global Environmental Sustainbility Lead" Leads environmental impact team Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit
27 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language; Employees reentering the workforce
  • 175 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

We think of all our employees as Superhero's


Our monthly Cisco Beat's are a great way for employees to show their Cisco love

How to Get Hired

We asked Cisco for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our edge comes from our people: bold, proactive, self-starters, with a let’s-make-it-happen mentality.  We look for people who ask, “Why” and “What could be?”. Individuals who communicate simply, who build strong relationships, and who create a lasting impact from day one. We’re on the lookout for people who create and harness the power of teams. Who are just as focused on their own success as their team’s success. Who bring diversity of thought and character to teams. We want the team builders. The risk takers. The authentic leaders who shine in our “Be You With Us” atmosphere and proudly say, “I can be my weird authentic self around here.” Who are the people that fit? The ones that read this and thought, “This. Is. Me.”.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Be proactive. Stand out. Show us how you shine. Don’t just submit an application—connect with us. Find out who we are and what we’re all about. We want to know you—and you to know us—so tell us what matters most to you at work, at home, and beyond. Here’s a hint about what matters to us: We Connect Everything—people, process, data and things – to change the world for the better We Innovate Everywhere—to create fresh ideas and possibilities. We take bold risks to shape the future and learn from failure We Benefit Everyone—making a meaningful difference for our people, our customers and the world around us. Engage with us beyond the application and before the interview process begins. Curiosity and courage pay off here. Go ahead, put your best foot forward. We can’t wait to meet you.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We’re always on the lookout for authentic people who bring their best self to work every day, and bring out the best in everyone around them. We need people that think strategically and approach problems creatively. We focus relentlessly on matching the right solution to the most complex problem. With our new focus on The Network Intuitive—which learns, adapts and responds like never before—our need for software specialists is growing. We also need sales people who look beyond the sale to help our customer’s solve their toughest business challenges. If you can build, partner, sell, or communicate—and you geek out on technology—we just may have the dream job for you.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To kick-start your recruiting process, visit Cisco’s career page. We love creative, bold, authentic people that take thoughtful risks. Show us who you are by contacting our recruiters. If you’re still in school or a recent grad, talk to your university’s career center to learn about our intern, MBA, and early-in-career programs. Get inspired by our culture and our employee by reading the Life at Cisco blog. Then, go social. Follow #WeAreCisco on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—and see Cisco through the eyes of our employees. The #WeAreCisco tribe is like one big, techie family that likes building things to change the world. And having fun along the way. Sound good? Get in touch with us today.

hiring Outlook

5,616 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 3% Job Growth
55 Average applicants per opening 345,909 Total job applicants
13% New hires by employee referrals 45% Openings filled by current employees
606 Recent graduates hired 10% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
18% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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