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Cognex Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
8 Reviews
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    The company has changed over the last 8 years for the better and future growth looks very good.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Cognex

    Pros

    Decent company, the people are dedicated to doing good work and there are monthly corporate social events. Small group outings are paid for and encouraged to go 4 or more times a year. Most of the new hires are 25 years old and tech savy.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to progress on a clear career path and many wind up in a rut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are good people and sometimes it seems like management discounts the communication because the company is doing so well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Their motto is "Work hard, play hard...minus the play hard"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well - $135-250K depending on bonuses. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment. Most of the company is quite arrogant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professional environment, good food, nice people.

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    Former Contractor - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA
    Former Contractor - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Though this was only a short contract the environment was professional and the people were friendly.
    The cafeteria food was also pretty good.

    Cons

    For some reason my hiring manager was bothered by the Christian web site I had on my resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discriminate against Christians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fine until I find something better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex

    Pros

    There is lots to be done and you can own as many things as you want if you ask for them.

    Cons

    Culture is stifling, people are so over-loaded that no real work with meaningful progress can get done, work life balance is a joke.

  6.  

    Cutthroat corporate culture with arrogant middle management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology is very cool. The algorithms developed by Cognex are world class. Some very smart engineering talent works in Natick. Also, the sales force is extremely motivated, so it is a great place to learn how to effectively sell a technology product.

    Company is global, so there are many opportunities to work/travel internationally.

    Cons

    The Cognex culture in Natick is far more corporate (back-stabbing) than you are initially led to believe. The turnover rate, especially in the sales force, is higher than at any other company I've worked for in the past 5 years. In two years, I have seen over 5 people in HR come and go, including an HR Director.

    The game room, the cultural events, etc. are all tools used to help people forget how underpaid they are relative to the market.

    Also, the cost of living in MA is such that the below-average pay makes it very difficult to work at Cognex and maintain a comfortable quality of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that you need to compensate your developing talent, or else they will take their skills elsewhere. People who have the ability to gain employment elsewhere will eventually leave if they don't feel respected by management. You can gain more through positive motivation rather than threatening people's jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't stay too long-was better 5 years ago

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, fun co-workers, casual environment. Promotes a "work hard, play hard" corporate culture. Tends to have low employee turnover.

    Cons

    Employee contribute health care plans, management doesn't believe in pay raises, the longer you work here the less they value you, not a lot of development/promotion options. Once you top out start looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of us work for money not only for fun. Share some of that cash you have with your employees. Management could communicate more with the rank and file. Stop trying to do everything with minimal headcount.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Quick working temple, shall moving fast

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

    I worked at Cognex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    leading company in machine vision industry
    excellent brand in machine vision products

    Cons

    territory decides achievement rate, means commission high or low is very in destiny.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Cognex is Gone. Not so sure about the new one.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cognex

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work with
    Exciting tech
    Recognition awards when you are lucky to be chosen
    Very profitable

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management
    Local management hit and miss
    No real clear vision of where the company wants to go
    Too much rivalry between groups that hampers cohesiveness and communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to find a way to communicate with it's staff at all locations. Cognex is a growing company with multiple locations that all have a significant role to play but they treat anyone who is not at the HQ like the whipping boy.

    No opinion of CEO

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