Cisco New Grad Compensation

New inquis9
Apr 4, 2018 50 Comments

I have worked 2 years in Cisco India. I am joining back Cisco in San Jose after my Masters. They are offering me Grade 6 at 117k base+ 6% bonus and 9k relocation. Should I ask them for Grade 8 with 135k, 12% bonus? Would that be fair to ask that?

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  • Cisco rXeU48
    Cisco does not negotiate new grad offers and is standard for everyone joining out of college. That applies to grade, base pay, bonus and relocation. If you've previously had work experience, that adds a little on top of the standard new grad offer. Less that 5k to your base. That's about it.
    Apr 4, 2018 4
    • Cisco MgXx00
      You're wrong
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco rXeU48
      Care to explain? I joined as a new grad and this is what I heard from the hr, and many people who joined with me got the same exact offers.
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco FEGc44
      Yeah please Explain. I came in through the university program and was told they do not negotiate salaries with university hired employees
      Apr 13, 2018
    • Cisco MgXx00
      I negotiated mine a year ago. Was a returning intern...
      Apr 13, 2018
  • Cisco Hwy101
    I had worked for 3 years in Cisco India.. joined as g4 and left as g6.. then came for masters here.. I knew a lot of people in Cisco SJ.. so was able to wrestle and get g8.. but initially they had offered g6 only but.. 135k for g8 seems insane.. that is starting g10 salary
    Apr 5, 2018 7
    • Cisco / Eng yohellow
      What's ur current salary?
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco Hwy101
      160k base.. yours if I may ask
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng yohellow
      I was hired in 2015 with 4yrs of experience + MS got initial GS8 with 118k salary.

      Currently earning 122k hardware engineer SJC
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco Hwy101
      Yohellow.. you should go to Nvidia.. herad they pay good for hardware folks
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng yohellow
      I shall try
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Cisco lEcG86
    Grade 4 is default for bachelors and 6 got masters.

    Cisco isn’t crazy about fresh grads because plenty of folks apply but if you go have a fang offer to compete do play!
    Apr 4, 2018 2
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      sw guy

      AppDynamics Eng

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      sw guymore
      If you have fang offer, join fang and forget Cisco.
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Cisco Cisco Bae
      Nope. They still do Grade 4 for people fresh out of college with Masters. It all depends on the Req, hiring manager, and business climate for whatever org you are joining.
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Cisco v3rv3
    I have a masters plus 5 years Nd I am at grade 8
    Apr 5, 2018 5
    • Cisco yUYw72
      You should be a Technical Leader (TL, Grade 11). All the TLs in my team have <5 years
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco v3rv3
      I am sorry what it TL?
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng sangui4
      Technical leader
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng yohellow
      I've 7yrs experience plus MS and im grade 8 with 120k salary :(
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco v3rv3
      Only a company switch will give you a significant jump in pay imo
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Cisco ayPH04
    Yes, ask for it. I doubt if they will go for it. But at the very least ask for higher base pay and may be some rsu's too. Don't settle for what they are giving u now
    Apr 4, 2018 2
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      sw guy

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      sw guymore
      AFAIK, Cisco does not give RSUs to new grads
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Cisco ayPH04
      Read my post down below...there is no standard rule when it comes to money. Everything is bendable :) majority don't get because they don't ask or are easily suppressed.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Cisco yUYw72
    Do you really want to work for Cisco ?
    Apr 5, 2018 0
  • SAP Hasso
    Just out of curiosity.. what’s the bachelors new grad offer look like?
    Apr 4, 2018 3
    • Cisco Cisco Bae
      Likely Grade 4 unless you have years of experience.
      Apr 5, 2018
    • SAP Hasso
      G4 salary is probably around 100k I’m assuming?
      Apr 5, 2018
    • Cisco Asdfghjk11
      Lol no
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Cisco Struggling
    They do negotitate, i was able to move them to 126k for grade 6 with no prior work ex and this is like 2years back
    Apr 7, 2018 2
    • New inquis9
      OP
      Ok. 126k as base? What was your bonus percentage? Have you heard of anyone getting stocks?
      Apr 8, 2018
    • Cisco Struggling
      Yes 126k was my base. Bonus percentage was low 5%. Did not receive stocks in joining offer but yeah received 1500 stocks in my last 2years.
      Apr 9, 2018
  • New inquis9
    OP
    Also, I was already working at Grade 6 in India. Does that even matter?
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • Cisco lEcG86
      It does matter. Unless you can negotiate with other offers you won’t get far. Meanwhile 135k isn’t a fresh grad 8 offer either. It’s middle of the band.
      Apr 4, 2018
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    • Cisco ElonMasala
      Cisco is notorious for pulling offers....
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Apple Elon Musk!
    Why not grade 7?
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • Cisco / Eng Dwight2
      They have 6 and then 8. There is no 7.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Cisco ElonMasala
    No
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • New inquis9
      OP
      What would be fair to ask then?
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon Tguw34
    9k to relocate from India to SJ?
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Cisco ayPH04
    There is no standard rule to anything no matter how many times they say it, especially when it comes to money. So, just ask
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Symantec SymcGsoLay
    Grade 8 is for PhD new grad. If you think your experience is equal to that, go for it.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Tguw34
    What equity does Cisco give? ESPP?
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • Cisco / Eng yohellow
      It. Depends... Bonus + RSUs +ESPP
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Amazon
    IjBd50

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    IjBd50more
    Also did you do your masters in CS?
    Apr 24, 2018 0
  • Cisco GPJL00
    Was this for SWE? In which orgs?
    Apr 20, 2018 0
  • Cisco yUYw72
    Masters + 2 years should definitely be grade 8. I don't know about the new scales, but 135k looks high as per the old scales. But then 117 looks high for grade 6 to me :)
    Apr 5, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng yohellow
    I have same salary with 7yrs of experience in grade 8 level...joined Cisco 3yrs ago.
    Apr 5, 2018 0