Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Cisco Systems Canada employees hold a meeting  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco Systems Canada Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :

  • Cisco Systems Canada recently expanded its family-friendly benefits, increasing maternity leave top-up payments (from 6 weeks to 13 weeks) as well as parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary ranging from 4 to 13 weeks depending)
  • Cisco Systems Canada offers a full suite of financial rewards, from profit-sharing to signing bonuses, and provides corporate discounts on a variety of products such as automobiles, home internet and mobile phones, software, and even solar technology for home use
  • Cisco Systems Canada invests in ongoing employee education with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $7,500), subsidies for professional accreditation, and a number of in-house and online training programs
Cisco Systems Canada employees collaborating  

Employer Background

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1984
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Cisco Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,741
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Full-time employees worldwide 71,554
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 31%
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 37 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in WaterPark Place (the city's first LEED Core and Shell Platinum office building, recognized as one of North America's "smartest" buildings) the head office is now home to the company's new Internet of Everything (IOE) Innovation facility, and is only steps from the city's waterfront, offering panoramic views of the city, Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands, the workplace features public art displays in the lobby, convenient access to the city's waterfront trail system as well as the underground PATH walkway system (leading to an incredible array of shops and services), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, board games, table tennis, lounge features vary from floor to floor and also include a variety of diverse spaces for collaboration, from private rooms to open areas with white and smart boards
Snacks available granola bars, assortment of candy
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, yoga, kickboxing, pilates), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, personal trainers are also available
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Harbour Square Park, Toronto Island, daycare, restaurants, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, Toronto Ferry Terminal

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name a number of employee affinity groups
Recent social events holiday parties at offices across the country, charitable fundraisers throughout the year such as "Bowl for Kids Sake" in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, food bank volunteer days and a unique "Girls Powertech" event to promote technology careers to young women
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Team Space online platform that allows managers and employees to review weekly priorities and provide instant feedback

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on a variety of products such as automobiles, home office supplies, home internet and mobile phones, software, and even solar technology for the home

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $250 each year
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $10,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 13 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 13 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs various mentoring programs to suit the diverse needs of employees

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,103 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 72 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported UNICEF, Connected North (Taking IT Global), NPower, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ottawa Food Bank, Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Cisco's charitable focus includes education, healthcare, critical human needs, and economic empowerment. The company supports an employee-led "Civic Council", a cross-functional team of employees who direct volunteer work and charitable giving across Canada. The council ultimately determines which philanthropic initiatives the company will support.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco Systems Canada Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Through Cisco Systems Canada's year-long Sales Associate Program, university graduates gain hands-on education and training as they enter sales roles within the company
  • Cisco Systems Canada created an Early Career Network, a global employee resource group to empower and motivate employees early in their career -- the network hosts events for university and college students throughout the year, such as hackathons and networking events, and organizes executive-level brown bag sessions to allow employees to converse with senior leadership virtually or in-person
  • The company also offers an international Early-in-Career exchange, pairing participants with others for a 1-week exchange to a Cisco host country
Cisco Systems Canada employees collaborating  

Highlights

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,727
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 10 different mentoring programs for employees' diverse needs, including reverse mentoring for senior leaders

The Career Directory

Cisco Systems Canada Co. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cisco Systems Canada interns

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Parent company Cisco Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Cisco Systems Canada created the Sales Associate Program to help university graduates enter sales roles at the company.
Typical new grad positions Software Engineer, Associate Sales Representative, Associate Systems Engineer
Starting salary $70K to $75K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

Recruits at these schools


Search all jobs from Cisco Systems Canada Co. Live search powered by Eluta.ca