Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
6,026 Reviews
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6,026 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work culture, Visa processing is streamline compare to other Indian based company (in 586 reviews)

  • gt; pretty good work-life balance, but still this depends on the project you get (in 536 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 365 reviews)

  • No work -life balance, a training period of one year for freshers (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    Career Progression depends on your Manager and Business Unit

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and excellent Medical insurance plans for North American employees.

    Cons

    Poor Appraisal systems and work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    no comments

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    Former Employee - Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    personal growth job security

    Cons

    perks work life balance ratings are bad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Experience in Cognizant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Executive management has very good vision and takes the company in right direction

    Cons

    Work and life balance - have to work for long hours, especially if you have an offshore team at India
    Performance Management Process - Your performance doesn't reflect your ratings, bonus and compensation.
    Environment not conducive to share new ideas or suggest out of the box solution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Manager Projects in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager Projects in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good technologies to work
    good client base

    Cons

    Need work life balance more and salary hike and promotion assement needs improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fortune 500 Growing Financially

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning opportunity is there... All assignments require an interview, so you will be up to date with industry requirements.

    Cons

    Career Growth is tough! You need to package your achievement and make a lot of noise to get noticed for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate professionally, not personally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Low salary & no work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sponsorship of Green Cards, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Compensation, work-life balance, unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review time-off policy. 2 weeks per year is too low. Especially when employees are expected to put in regular unpaid overtime that is often billed to the customer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No career growth, not good compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work culture and cross training
    Good academy and trainings

    Cons

    No career growth for associate level employees
    Management and employee communication doesn't happen well
    Very poor compensation compared to competitors, May be the competitors share more profit with their employees and that's why they are in a lower rank financially than cognizant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employee growth too along with busy acquiring businesses. The company has grown handsomely , but we employees are stuck in our career path. Managers stop blaming HR and HR stop blaming managers after promotion cycle, am fed up with the dramas. we need some career progression, don't penalize our growth for the growth of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The overall experience was good, but being a large service based company many people do get lost

    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity
    Global Presence
    Different verticals to choose
    Plenty of technology domains

    Cons

    Sluggish Performance Review
    No real Talent Managers, Just Namesake
    Frequent Project Rotations generally go against an Individuals Aspiration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on employee's ambitions as well

  10.  

    AVP for Services

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the offshoring market. Was treated fairly from a compensation perspective. Believe the exec leadership has created a differentiated, offshoring model and does have a good strategy in place to drive near term growth.

    Cons

    Cognizant positions itself as a global IT company with its roots in the USA. In reality, it is just a better packaged Indian outsourcing / offshoring company that happens to be headquartered in the USA from a financial reporting and governance perspective. Most day-to-day / operations and service development decisions are driven from and made in India.

    As a "local" (aka non Indian), there is no employee loyalty. They will use you and lose you. Once India has pulled all the knowledge they can from you and believes they can do the work themselves, you will be discarded unless you are in a direct billing or sales role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Cognizant is to be truly a global company (Accenture-like), you will need to break the India strangle hold on the company. Hard to be truly global when execs in India are making calls w/o being in the local markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities
    Excellent onsite options
    Benefits are good enough, though they can be better

    Cons

    If not proactive, you may get stuck in a monotonous routine.
    Appraisals are very biased, favoring based on personal equations is rampant instead of considering performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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