Award: Fortune’s Best Companies: No. 6
Global headquarter: San Jose, California, US
About the company
Cisco Systems was pioneered by a wife-and-husband team, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner in 1984, who were both working as computer operations personnel in Stanford University during the time.
Their very first product developed was a router. The name Cisco was taken from the origin town of the company, San Francisco.
Cisco Systems is today a multinational corporation with a long string of award winning products including switches, remote access, ATM network, IP telephony, office routers and many more. Cisco represents five major brand names, which are Cisco, Linksys, Scientific Atlanta, IronPort and WebEx.
Apart from its native country United States, Cisco has worldwide operation covering various continents and countries including United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan, UAE, Uruguay, Algeria, Belgium, Austria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Greece and many others.
Cisco offers both technical and non-technical job opportunities in their operation. The jobs available include internship, entry level, professional and top management.
Apart from offering candidates jobs, Cisco also offered technical driven certifications that allow engineers and IT professionals to master certain specific areas of its technology and add values, employability and marketability. Some of them are the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), CCIP, CCIE and so on.
At the peak of its growth, Cisco became one of the fastest growing companies in the world, and went public listing within a short span of 6 years. At the turn of the 21st century, Cisco was named as the most valuable company in the world, with an impressive $500 billion value in market capitalization.