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Flexible Working Arrangements
Equal Pay Initiatives
Paid Parental Leave
Return to Work Policy
Leadership Development Programs
Raise Numbers of Women in Leadership
Internal Women's Networking Groups
Cisco ranked #2 on Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity and Best Worplaces for Parents lists for 2019 and we are extremely proud to be named among the top 10 best workplaces for diversity in the U.S.! We began tracking our diversity in 1998. Our progress is a testament to the commitment of our CEO Chuck Robbins and executive leadership team to a diverse, inclusive and conscious culture, and to the work our People & Communities organization does each and every day to move the needle faster and farther.
Employees often say one of the best parts of working at Cisco is the ability to have a life outside of work, but also to bring that part of themselves to work and be their authentic self.
Being a Mom is the most important job you can have and these moms also work at Cisco. Hear from them on what makes Cisco a great place for moms (and how Cisco kids are also included!)
Women can often times feel isolated and alone in the male dominated tech industry. But at Cisco, female employees have found a way to connect and empower each other. They formed a group in 1997, called Connected Women. The vision for Cisco’s Connected Women has been to attract, develop, retain, and celebrate women at Cisco.
What started with 200 Cisco employees in San Jose has now grown to more than 4,000 members globally who participate in mentoring, speaker’s series, networking events, and community give-backs in nearly 40 countries.
Cisco’s global initiative, Girls Power Tech (GPT), is a special learning opportunity for girls and young women to connect with Cisco mentors at offices around the world. Every year, we open our doors to young women all over the world and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM through hands-on exposure to the latest technology and engagement with industry professionals. Cisco employees worldwide spend the day with girls age 13 to 18, encouraging them to consider education and career paths in STEM.
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I grew up with five older brothers so I thought tech was a job that I could do, that I could “fit in” to the male-dominated field, but a mentee of mine told me that Cisco didn’t want me to “fit in”, they wanted me to stand out, not in spite of being a woman, but because of it. My perspective matters and Cisco needs it! I love our people here at Cisco so much that I recruited my best friend and now we work 50 feet from each other.
One of the key benefit of working at Cisco which I have enjoyed is the flexibility to work anytime and anywhere thanks to our incredible technology and culture. Although many companies boast this perk, I imagine that very few implement this policy as genuinely as Cisco. Even as a graduate I am encouraged to work my schedule around personal well-being and family interests – meaning I’ve been able to spend time working remotely when needed and don’t need to stress when I have a doctor’s appointment booked during a work day.
It’s the people and the opportunity to follow my passion and take risks. That includes participating in Cisco’s Innovate Everywhere Challenge. Her team’s proposal – a text analytics engine that can analyze any type of unstructured data to facilitate decision making – was chosen as a semi-finalist this year. We wouldn’t expect any less from Sabina who believes in the power of role models and champions, something she’s pleased to say she finds in abundance at Cisco.
There are so many people here who really care, and who want you to become the best version of whoever you decide to be. It’s an empowering feeling, and one I am glad to have found and be a part of.
True to Cisco’s dynamic company culture, we love learning about each other – what makes us different, and what makes us alike – and how we can take our past experiences and bring them with us to innovate in the future.
Through sports and work I found that the strongest team is a diverse team that plays with heart. I’ve hired the best without compromises and my leadership team is over half female in a male dominated industry.