In IT the management team is split fairly evenly. I don't think women are treated differently professionally. However many of the contractors and developers are male which creates a bit of a men's club feel socially.
Job Satisfaction Level
7 hours or fewer
I think your experience will depend largely on which department and even which team you are on.
Cisco is a technology company where men are in almost all of the higher positions. Woman enter the organization and quickly 'stall out' early in their careers. There are a few areas where woman are allowed to 'proceed upward' - finance and HR. Otherwise, little or no chance to move upward.
Although the company has female executive leaders and encourages women in leadership, Gen X females still seem to be passed over for manager roles regularly.
Most jobs within Cisco allow for flexible working hours and working remotely. However, you are also expected to be available at all hours.
Cisco has a wonderful philanthropic culture with many opportunities to give back to the community. They also offer many employee run groups which allow you to expand your professional development/personal branding and network.
This company relies *very* heavily on contractors, which means they can drop you at any time with no warning and haven't made any commitment to you as a long-term contributor to the company's success. Women I encountered who did have power were not nurturing at all to other women. Cisco operates as though it's still a startup and senior execs expect immediate results from quite complex projects. Initiatives therefore don't receive any real time or focus towards success before they are dropped for being ineffective.
Blatant sexual harassment, bullying and unprofessional behavior. HR's only response was to give a one-hour canned general HR training session to the collective team. The kind of training that is meant to be a legal obligation only. Managers largely looked the other way or took care of their own boys club. The HR director I spoke to explicitly said that cases reported typically turn into "he said, she said" and that there are "rules against recording conversations" that could be deemed as proof. There may be parts of the company where this kind of thing does not happen, but I didn't stick around to find out.
Job Satisfaction Level
More than 12 hours
If you don't care about having a workplace where you are treated with respect and dignity, you'll be fine