Cognizant Technology Solutions
3.5 of 5 4,417 reviews
www.cognizant.com Teaneck, NJ 5000+ Employees

Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.5 4,415 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza

Frank D'Souza

(3,207 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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No career growth

Associate - Projects (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsIf you negotiate well then can have good salary.

ConsManagement is bad, no thought process, no career growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the growth of employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Going the Infosys way

Associate Director (Current Employee)

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

ProsDynamic leadership, company has done well financially in spite of itself.

ConsToo much of internal politics based on regions (India) and old timers vs new. No career path, HR is namesake and incompetent. No one cares about employees and work-life balance is non-existent if you want to be in good books. Old timers hold the roost and difficult for any lateral to make any mark.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership more outward focused than on employees welfare - may work for short time but in the long run creating the same company that Infosys was 10 years back and then it went bust. Your asset is your people, if you don't care about them, you have nothing as your core-competency.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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"Extremely Gender Biased"

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsHas most US visibility of all of the Indian IT Companies

ConsExtreme Gender Bias against women. Sr Management is mostly comprised of Indian Males who embedded in Traditional Indian Culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify! Hire more Americans//Women into Management positions. This will help to transition from the traditional Indian male dominating culture and benefit the company over all.

CHANGE IS GOOD

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nasty and Worst Company in the IT Sector,anybody working in India or Abroad are exploited!!

Senior Associate (Former Employee)

I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

ProsNo Work Life Balance,Poor Compensation,Bad Employer-Employee relationship,Indecent Hr,Hr Executives talks in local Slum Language with employees with disregard and it happens very frequently,Manager appraises the work performance based on how far you can boot polish him,however the rating of performance can never questioned and its at the dictatorship of Managers,bad indecent Managers,Slum Language speaking HRs,exploiting employees and false advetersing propogandas,the worst company with HRs and Managers who are Rif Raffs and i can tell they are all from the lowest order of the society and totally un cultural.better avoid to join companies.

ConsNo Policies for middle level leads,too much hierarchial and expects boot polish to Managers,one of the worst companies in the Top Tier Companies,surprised how Cognizant comes under Top Tier,the Managers are shameless and worst guys of any order,they can never be of aany help to employees,they want guys to be saying yes for whatever they say!!the most worst company in the globe.Never take the Offer,if its from Cognizant,cheat employees on US payrolls paying low salaries and billing the employees for high rates,bill for Over time hours worked with clients,never share the overtime billed to employees,blood suckers.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not expect every consultant and employees to boot polish.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company, ok benefits but BAD Management

Project Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood company, ok benefits and ok vacation package.

ConsBAD Management, no quality managers. Your promotion is not related to your performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementCTS have very good benefits compare to other companies, but the Senior Managers to SVP are making the lower employees to leave the company. All the senior Managent is look for the revenue, not the individual Employee performance.
It's my personal advice as I worked for 8 years liked it and at the end left the company because of the reason I mentioned.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I would give it 0 stars if possible

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

ProsThe only pro is that you have a job.

ConsThey take complete advantage of their employees. Underpaid, overworked and horribly organized. The on-boarding process is the hardest thing you will ever do, thats how badly organized it is. There is no one who can give you any answers. They take advantage of employees from India and pay them an indian salary while working the US. They have messed up so many people's visas out of sheer laziness or calculated scheming. No space for growth because no one knows you. You are just a number to them. So many talented, hard-working people are being taken advantage of. It's such a shame. I would never recommend this place to anyone.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The company is only driven by profits and cares little for it's employees.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood growth company over the last 10 years

ConsSenior Leadership is only interested in stock performance as much of thier income is directly tied to RSU's and options. The company has many hidden issues including a significant dependence on H1 workers hired at low cost. A governent audit would severley cripple the company. Some of their Senior Leadership lacks integrity.

Advice to Senior ManagementPunish bad actors withn the company even if they are part of the Bangalore Boys club.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Growth opportunities at cogniznat

Associate (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

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

ProsThere are no pros which i foresee except for the senior manager and above levels who are happy with the pay they are getting

ConsLong work hours

In the disguise of giving bonuses over 100% their onsite pay is much lesser than its peers like Infosys. Infy will be paying around $72K for the same experience level guy while cognizant will be paying $60K

Hard to get promotions even after better performance

Lot of people across accounts before you to reach the next level as part of the promotion cycle

They will initiate green cards in EB2 and EB3 categories just to make the employees stuck once the I-140 gets approved within a span of 1.5 years. After that till you get your GC / EAD you should be working day and night like a slave for them with very less salaries. This is the reason behind initiating Green Card after completing one year of service at Onsite

No onsite opportunities for new joiners

Unrealistic business growth expectations by the senior management. For example if the growth expectation is 20% for this year and if its achieved then the next year it will be revised for another 23% on top of what they reached this fiscal year. This will be real hard to achieve for any company and in this disguise your Promotions will be delayed and the bonuses will be hit.

If promotions are delayed obviously more number of people will be reaching that stage aspiring for the next level and career growth is getting impacted.

Last but not least they will not be handing your I-140 even though its approved thereby they want to just extend the current H1B for another 3 years and make you work. But what many people working in cognizant don't know is that they can obtain the copy of their I-140 from USCIS and they can switch the company using that. But they need to apply for Labor and I-140 once again in the new company. But the good thing is that your priority date is set once the I-140 from cognizant is approved.

Folks!! - Decide yourself after reading the above review.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't put unrealistic goals year after year

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Tech Lead (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsGood Salary
Quick Interview and Offer

ConsNo career ,growth ,was looking for a Architect level position ,was offered a Senior Level position.Then they promised to file GC and backed out at the last moment

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is crap as usual as other Indian Mass Software Companies.They have no insight in what you want and will get one sided peers reviews .They only pitch in when some issue arises

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not so great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

ProsOnsite opportunity for developers working in India

ConsDesi standards and poor management. Employee comes as last preference

Advice to Senior ManagementNot a trust worthy company

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