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About Cisco Systems

Number of Employees: 63,000+

Headquarters: 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134-1706

Cisco Systems is an American company that designs, manufactures and sells consumer electronics, voice, networking and communication technology and associated services. The company went public in 1990 and was added to the Dow in 2009. It had an annual revenue of $40 billion in 2010. Originally founded by Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner in 1984, Cisco's name was derived from the city name San Francisco.

What to Expect When Interviewing

The majority of applicants that interview for a position with Cisco Systems report a positive interview experience. Potential employees can expect a fairly straightforward interview process consisting of a face-to-face and/or group panel interview, in which a skills test and a personality test are given. A standard interview question might include, "Tell me about a time when you faced a problem and how you solved it." Potential employees can apply online or in person, and phone interviews are sometimes conducted prior to the face-to-face interview. Applicants who are offered positions can expect to submit to a background check.

Recent Awards

  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2011
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, CNN, 2011
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
  • National Top 50 Green Companies (#8), Green Power Partnership, 2010
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010
  • Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
  • The Worlds Most Innovative Companies 2010, Fast Company, 2010