Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
10 Reviews
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Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza
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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.  

    Worst company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Nothing really worth mentioning about.

    Cons

    Works company to work for. If you are not an Indian expecting to get a Visa to live in US it's not the company for you. Environment and management gives more opportunities to Indians. Projects only in cheap IT outsourcing. Cognizant is being able to fool the market with its revenue growth, but in fact the growth is just because it outsources more and more work to Indians (cheapest labor possible).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Waukegan, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance .

    Cons

    Good ambience to work more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It all depends on your manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Projects in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Projects in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers, nice place to work & grow professionally

    Cons

    Politics during promotions like all other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Employee friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    As with every organization, this also has hurdles because of specific managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    8 years as mainframe developer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Wheeling, IL

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

    Pros

    Vision, Business values, Customer satisfaction and retention

    Cons

    Salary, lack of proper hierarchy pyramid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Among the best within the large IT Outsourcing firms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Focus on developing consulting expertise

    Cons

    large size, risk aversion and lack of investment in associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consulting is now the key differentiation among large IT firms, and I have consistently seen a hesitation on part of the senior mgmt to invest in developing the consulting skills of the in house BAs. I think a long term outlook on ROI on consulting investment needs to be encouraged rather than a short term return based investment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Program Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work culture and good Team to work

    Cons

    Salary fitment is not right and no growth after some time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary should be revised as per industry

    Recommends
  9.  

    Overall, a great company to work for but has its share of problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good growth opportunities and overall a great place to work. It takes some time to get used to the culture but most people who make it beyond a year will usually stick around for the long haul.

    Cons

    As with any growing organization, managing a company of this size is getting more and more bureaucratic. Also, management needs to address the growth pangs of associates more creatively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice job, but watch out going forward - others have been here and we know where they are now!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work enviornment, great opportunities, not so great $$$ for sub-management employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Cognizant has provided a challenging work environment. I have been very satistifed with the compentency of our management. There are definitely opportunities for professional & career growth

    Cons

    I haven't been very satistified with my salary thus far. You really need to make management before you start seeing a good salary and respectable bonuses. Most people at below-management levels in our office received bonuses in the neighborhood of 300-500 last year, which is a hard pill to swallow when managers are making 7,000 - 12,000 bonuses.
    While there are definitely opportunities for growth, it seems that a LOT of people get stuck at the Senior Associate level. After that, the people that I know who are above that level seem to experience steady career growth and professional development. You really need to make sure you are doing something to stand out to get beyond the SA level, or you will get stuck & frustrated. I guess that is the whole "manage up or manage out" philosophy, but I do know a lot of talented people that are struggling to break through to the next level - it is very competative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love to have a more transparent pay structure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awsome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    great opportunities and htey aggressively move you to stretch you

    Cons

    they work really hard and expect you to put in long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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