Cisco preaches inclusion and diversity and stands by this. There are a number of women and diverse employees in leadership positions, and development for female employees and leaders is very highly encouraged. I do think that men are still paid more than women (generally speaking across all industries), but do not believe gender plays a part at Cisco when salary/bonuses/raises are determined. There is always room for more women in tech and am proud I work for a company that promotes this from within!
I've been a long-term employee. Of course, the old boys are still out there but at Cisco performance matters and can be a woman's advantage. Navigating around curmudgeons exists everywhere, even Cisco. Sure, I still come across the "Boys Only" meetings, but those guys seem like a dying breed. It seems more possible to rise above generalized prejudice at Cisco than most work places.
The company has a ways to go.
Cisco Empowers Women
If you work here, find a mentor and stick with it. Someone who will champion you, guide you and even protect you sometimes as change is the new norm.
There are some good benefits to working here...for me, the best benefit is being able to work from home. Otherwise, I'm been very disappointed in the career opportunities. It's clearly a man's company. There are a few token women in management but not many and certainly not in my department. If you come to work here, you better negotiate a good salary because salary increases are few even with outstanding ratings and accomplishments. In the company I worked for previously, I received regular promotions, salary increases and opportunities to grow. Since I've been at Cisco, those same promotions/opportunities have not materialized (and it's not from lack of trying). For example, I went over 4 years without a raise and with really good reviews. When I finally received a raise, it was a mere 3%. Nevertheless, my co-workers are nice and the work environment is pleasant. Bottom-line, if you're a lady who is a go-getter with big dreams, this may not be the place to be. You may find like me that you're not appreciated and there is no room at the top.
Pay is not competitive nor equal.
I've worked at Cisco off and on since the late 90's, both as a consultant and now, for the second time, as a full timer "blue badge." Cisco is extraordinarily diverse and has a fantastic culture for women. If considering a position at Cisco, I would get as many interviews as possible, with a variety of people and ask specific questions about the group. I have had a couple of bad managers and some rough situations, ironically the harassment was from a female manager. Look into employee groups and diversity and inclusion projects and activities - they are there but you do have to seek them on your own a bit.
I think it really depends on the immediate group and supervisor you have. Overall, women are treated fairly and equally although there is still a tad of the old boys club occasionally. For the most part it is a great environment.
As with any fast paced corporate job it is difficult to balance being a mother and a career woman. Cisco has a lot of benefits and perks that help working mothers however the demand on one's time and attention make it hard for moms, especially nursing/breast pumping moms. Cisco is implementing a new leave policy that allows for 4 additional weeks of paid family leave/child bonding.
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