Cisco Systems Overview

Founded 1984

Type Public

Headquarters San Jose, California

Size Large Corporation

Industry Manufacturing

Not a lot of people think ‘former offender’ when they hear the word ‘professional’. But some are, and that’s why we asked: Does Cisco hire felons?

Cisco is a technology company known for its networking hardware and software. If you are computer savvy and have a college degree, this article will help you get a job at Cisco with a felony. We’re going to answer the following questions, and more:

  • Have they hired felons in the past?
  • Does Cisco hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Cisco do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

Relaunch Pad directly contacts companies to ask them if they hire former felons. Why do we do this? Because we know it’s tough finding work out there, especially with a record. How do we know? We’ve been there. Our team is comprised of ex-offenders and people who’ve worked closely with them for a number of years.

Now let’s learn more about how to get hired at Cisco with a felony.

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Does Cisco hire felons?

Official company policy for hiring felons

Regrettably, we’ve been unable to contact Cisco to ask them about their hiring policies for felons. However, we did see this posted on their entry-level jobs section:

“Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case-by-case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.”

We really like hearing that, but let’s see how it stands up with their industry reputation.

Has Cisco hired felons in the past?

Our sources can neither confirm nor deny if Cisco has hired felons in the past. There just isn’t enough information to make a conclusion.

Does Cisco hire people with misdemeanors?

We don’t know at this time if they’ll hire people with misdemeanors.


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What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired at Cisco?

Is Cisco on the Ban the Box list?

All of Us or None started the Ban the Box list in 2004. Each company on this list has agreed to remove the checkbox from their application asking if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge was initiated during the Obama Administration and encourages employers to hire based on your talents and skills and not discriminate based on your arrest or conviction records.

Unfortunately, Cisco doesn’t participate in these programs. The good news is that they don’t ask if you’ve been convicted of any crimes on their application.

Does Cisco have special programs for hiring felons?

They don’t have any special programs at this time.

What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of hiring felons

Since we haven’t made contact with the company, we’d have to give your odds of getting hired at Cisco with a felony as uncertain. There isn’t any information providing an answer either way and they aren’t on the Ban the Box list. While they say they’ll consider cases individually, we couldn’t find any evidence that they’ve hired felons before.

How to get hired at Cisco with a felony

What are some entry-level jobs?

Cisco isn’t very entry-level in the job department. They require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree for most jobs. However, they offer internships for those who are in their last year of school and majoring in a computers-related degree like computer engineering or IT.

Check out all their postings here and see what your qualifications can get you!

How to get hired at Cisco with a felony

You’ll want to start by submitting a resume that really stands out.

This is what Cisco recommends on their Frequently Asked Questions page:

“Make sure your resume is up to date and tailored to the role you’re applying for. Feel proud and showcase your skills and past accomplishments. Also, be sure to optimize your resume with keywords. Our recruiters can use them to match your resume with available opportunities.”

But what do they mean about keywords? They’re going through applications looking for specific words like routing, switching, datacenter networking, virtualization, mobility and wireless to make sure the right background is there. So what they’re asking for is someone who knows the ins and outs of computer programming.

Relaunch Pad has designed a guide to help felons talk up their skills on their resume, so make good use of it!

Cisco also has some advice to help you make it through the interview process:

“This process helps us get to know you, and for you to learn about our people, culture, and business. We’ll evaluate your skills and experience against our current business needs. We’ll ask you about your academic and work experience, and you can ask questions, too. Be prepared to tell about your achievements and the value you could bring to Cisco.”

This is the time to also be upfront and honest about your past. Give them the details and tell them how you’ve changed for the better. Then let them know what you’ve done to make these changes. Are you volunteering or doing community service? Maybe you’re taking some self-help classes or going back to school? Whatever it is, be sure to talk it up.

Does Cisco do background checks?

Oh, yes. Cisco uses E-Verify and advanced reporting for its background check that goes back seven years. They also say:

“The Service Agreement sets out the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) restrictions, obligations and requirements on both Advanced Reporting and on you, the end user, of the background reports. The Service agreement also provides us with the information on you that will allow us to determine if we can legally provide you service. Background screening reports from third parties are governed by federal and state laws and, despite the name, the FCRA applies even if you are not requesting a financial credit report on an individual.”

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Just like Cisco, some states don’t consider anything more than seven years old. If you’re conviction is six years or less, we recommend waiting until the required time has passed before you apply:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

The eight states on this list aren’t concerned with any not guilty verdicts:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, be aware if you live in one of these states. They’ll see your entire record, including the not guilty cases:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

On, Cisco has a 4.1 out of 5 star rating. With 81% of employees saying they’d recommend the company to a friend and 92% approving of the CEO, it’s not surprising that most of the reviews are good. They boast of flexible schedules, but admit the biggest disadvantage is the organizational politics.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Cisco hire felons? We can’t honestly answer that at this time. However, certain felonies might hurt your chances. Since you’ll be working with computers, any white-collar crimes such as theft, embezzlement, fraud, cybercrime, copyright infringement or money laundering could pose a problem.

Does Cisco drug test?

We aren’t sure if Cisco will drug test. It’s our advice to prepare as if they do!

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