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Cisco named Australia’s best workplace by Great Place to Work

By Jack Campbell | |5 minute read
Cisco named Australia’s best workplace by Great Place to Work

Cisco has been voted the best workplace in Australia in the over 1,000 employees category by Great Place to Work for the third year in a row.

Great Place to Work uses assessments of an organisation’s culture to produce its best workplaces list.

Cisco employees praised the company, with a Cisco statement saying:


96 per cent of employees say people care about each other there.

96 per cent of employees are proud to tell others they work there.

93 per cent of employees say Cisco is a great place to work.

91 per cent of employees say management shows a sincere interest in them as a person, not just an employee.

Cisco provides 10 days off for Time2Give leave, so people can support their chosen causes. A ‘flexible workplace culture’, wellbeing and collaboration were also key aspects cited for keeping employees happy.

Cisco Australia & New Zealand vice president, Ben Dawson, is very proud of his company’s achievement. He said: “Congratulations to the whole Cisco Australia team on this amazing recognition as the number one best place to work. The last three years have thrown up enormous challenges, showing us that high-quality talent, resilience and a strong culture transcend any external adversity”.

“At Cisco, we have continued with our strategy of focusing on the needs of our employees – with their safety, health, financial stability, and mental wellbeing as our priority. Throughout the year, we have navigated the uncertainty through transparent communications, continued flexibility with our hybrid work culture and strived to be truly inclusive. This is a proud moment for the entire Cisco Australia & New Zealand team,” he said.

Surveys were conducted at Cisco for employee feedback, with some notable comments being:

“The leaders in Cisco helped me find my voice. They demonstrated every voice matters, even if you are not an expert. In Cisco, I feel valued. In Cisco, I bring my whole self to work. In Cisco, I am challenged. In Cisco, I am seen. Cisco is not perfect, but neither am I.” Ciara Fayle, employee.

“Cisco genuinely cares for my wellbeing and gives me the technology and the tools I need to work flexibly and autonomously from anywhere, anytime.” Seema Hyne, employee.

“Cisco Australia is a great place to work for many reasons: our people have the trust and flexibility to integrate their work and personal lives in ways that empower them to be their best.” James Comer, head of people and communities, Cisco Australia & New Zealand.

When the results were released, Great Place to Work ASEAN and ANZ managing director, Evelyn Kwek, noted that companies should be going above and beyond what is required in order to create a thriving workplace.

“The Great Place to Work philosophy and methodology is one based on building a high-trust workplace culture that can be a great workplace for all. This means that companies should go beyond perks and the benefits when thinking of building a strong employer brand. It is about building quality relationships and employees having a consistently positive workplace experience,” said Ms Kwek.

 The full list of rankings in the large organisation category from Great Place to Work can be found here.


Employee engagement

Employee engagement is the level of commitment people have to the company, how enthusiastic they are about their work, and how much free time they devote to it.

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell

Jack is the editor at HR Leader.