Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
5,327 Reviews

3.5
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Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 501 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 422 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life Balance & Onshore opportunities depends on the project you are into (in 291 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Current Employee - Principal ERP Consultant  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal ERP Consultant in Bridgewater, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good name in the market, good initial paymaster but now it is going to go down soon

    Cons

    No promotions till resignation issue comes up, no well designed internal website for employees, no well established internal processes, no work life balance, 60+ hours work week with 40 hrs paycheck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management has forgotten Cognizant core brand and values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Projects  in  Bayside, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Projects in Bayside, NY

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company is too good and policies are very good

    Cons

    Unprofessional managers and limited technical skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right technical skills to the manager and right managers to manage the right technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Incompetent Sr Managers ruining the firm

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    Former Employee - BD Focal  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - BD Focal in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    apple to apple comparison with other IT firms, nothing novel

    Cons

    I worked with a Sr Mgr from ASG Consulting (Which was a farce) which is one of the horizontals at US. He/She was totally obtuse and appraised his reports in the most ad-hoc of manners possible. Couldnt believe there were Managerial resources at bench (with little value add work) for more than an entire year but walk away with the best ratings and bonuses..was highly political in all dealings..The manager dint have a clue of what his roles were and was extremely insecure for the whole time I worked with him

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and people

    Cons

    Cant get out of their own way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Associate @ CTS

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Nothing
    you will be salary -ontime ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Cons

    Do not join CTS expecting promotions within for 5 or 6 years
    You MUST say Good morning &good evening to your manager.
    Managers believes they are THE GODs( i am not talking about one person, 99% people likethat).
    You must praise all the managers.

    Looking for Green Card, please forget with CTS( please last forums- like trackit.com).
    Getting an H1 extension is a big thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor policy

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good clientele specially on data management side

    Cons

    Poor benefits - bad 401k (starts contributing after an year), health insurance plans are super expensive (paying 250% more than what i used to pay for the same Plan 90) as compared to other services & IT consulting co. I joined the company 1.5 month back & I was requested to join 10 days before i got the actual relocation thing started using their corporate movers. All this as they had committed on a specific date to client. Now they don't want to approve my 10 days of expenses. I have asked this multiple times but they don't have anything on paper for relocation specific guidelines. The support staff is so horrible and no matter how hard you try, they would not respond before a few reminder mails. These are small things but this shows how much they care of their employees.
    Another thing i found out about their GC cases, none of the labor filed in last 1.8 years had been approved (most of it is in either pending state or rejected). So far, I have met at least 3 guys who were asked to leave the country and they later came back after a year.
    For everyone who is planning to make a move, please make sure you negotiate everything and take it in writing specially the relocation part other policies (specially insurance plans)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be transparent about some of your policies to new hires. Please be ethical & don't promise anything at the time of hiring if you can't fulfill it in the name of "out of company policy"....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not worth to join these days.. Golden days are history now!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nothing really... as I mentioned in Title 'Golden days are history now'. If you are pllaning to join, please avoid..

    Cons

    Not good appriasal system, No timely promotions, Extreme delay in salary hike, Employee is always gets last preference... created too much overhead by lateral hiring on overwhelming salary... No Sr Management wants attrition to happen.. so creating very unfriendly practices...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You win!! People started searching new jobs... Congratulations...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to work with

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    Former Employee - SOA Contractor  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - SOA Contractor in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    got a little bit of experience

    Cons

    Pathetic managers - bad desi mentality ... worst experience of my life, 4 managers were asking me the status of the work and one manager was requesting me not to communicate the actual status to the other manager.

    One Architect came from New Jersey , calling him self SOA Architect but he dont know the basics and I was ashamed of my self working with him in the project. One manager who was working all the time remote was a good technical person but with 0 people skills, I lead the whole project and won a new contract for the Cognizant for the same client, and once they have put 4 more resources, they cut me from the project. Shame on this company management. I hate to work for this company again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do professional management.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont join if you growth and green card

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly HR policies
    Large number of projects. No issue in getting work.

    Cons

    False promises by management.
    False promises by HR about GC processing.
    Employee harassment.
    No scope of growth if you are not a tamil guy.
    Compensation is least in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep a check on the low level management and the kind of practices which are being followed to appease the client. This wont take this company any far.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful. Just terribly plain Awful!

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    Current Employee - Very Senior  in  Helena, MT
    Current Employee - Very Senior in Helena, MT

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

    Pros

    None! None! None! None! None!

    Cons

    All! Worst Company ever in North America! If you're not from Chennai, you have no chance for advancement unless you already came in as a VP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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