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Cognex Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer at Cognex

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Things like movie night, $5000 trip after being there for 10 years and higher amounts for 15, 20 and 25 years, Halloween celebration with huge prizes for best costume just to name a few.

    Cons

    Company is in a big growth mode so with that come the challenges of keeping the smaller startup feel. Currently don't have a work from home option which could make it difficult to attract the younger generation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    A lot of company paid activities, such as play day, outing, etc. - almost too much. The company is financially in a very good shape, which means less lay-offs when the economy gets shaky.

    Cons

    You lose about 4 days of your PTO because of forced "shutdown". Salaries are lower than similar companies - mine is almost 20% lower, according to Glassdoor.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for Cognex for over 5 years. Certainly a company with a prominent and unique work environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    This is where I cut my teeth as a manager, which I much preferred to writing code, although I still contributed at the architecture level.

    Cons

    Forced shut down and either no pay or use vacation hours for a specific week in the summer, decided by the Executive Team.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard, play hard.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Specialist in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Specialist in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex

    Pros

    Cognex demands a lot of their employees, and they will tell you this at the first interview. However if you enjoy working with intelligent, hard working people you won't mind the long hours. They also go out of their way to make sure employees feel appreciated with parties, recognition awards, bonuses.

    Cons

    Dr. Bob (the founder) doesn't always want to hear opinions that differ from his own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show employee appreciation, provide flexibility for family life so people do not have to choose one or the other.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cognex is a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Cognex

    Pros

    Smart management. Puts company and employee needs ahead of personal needs. Rewards and incentives for top performers.

    Cons

    Management is smart and knowledgeable but doesn't always listen to younger engineers or others hired from the outside that might have good ideas too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow the company. Take some risks to diversify. You have great knowledge that can be applied to new markets.

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  7.  

    Working with a team of highly skilled colleagues, trying to build the best machine vision systems available.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    * international teams
    * great company culture
    * inspiring results

    Cons

    * in engineering teams, success stories should be shared more often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better progress on how the employee is performing throughout the year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Its all about the culture & people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture, people, technology.
    If you can get in young and stay; great opportunities
    internship & co-ops

    Cons

    reviews & pay increases. clicks. It matters where you attended school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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