Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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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. Misrepresented and disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work for Cognizant as they will rip you off - beware!

    Cons

    Misrepresented, Rip off, Disappointing - was told that I was going to be given a full time director position in a major city, and instead was given a contract in a location in the middle of nowhere. Management and partners are snobby and talk, text and blog behind your back.

    Advice to Management

    Tell candidates up front that they are interviewing for a contract and be truthful about the job description and location. Also, do not talk about

  2. sr.manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Day by day it is getting worse

    Cons

    Last ten years im working with the co... it has become worst... lot of politics.. no Work life balance. Its just for the sake of talking. Forcing us to do lot of injustice to the client these days.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure whether the management - indirectly asking the experience resources to go out. lot of pressure, there is no concentration one objective, asking us to do everything... without any target... only running on the target and there is no human value now in the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    Avoid - you are just a number

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Johns Creek, GA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Johns Creek, GA

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You quickly realize how good other companies are - any other company

    Cons

    Corporate doesn't care about employee turnover. The internal company web sites are a terrible. Communication is poor to nonexistent. Upper management knows about the problems but doesn't want to fix anything.

    Advice to Management

    How can you claim to be an IT services company if you can't handle your own web sites and IT infrastructure?

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  5. great if you are from offshore or need visa sponsored. horrible for US workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teaneck, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teaneck, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    one and only pro is certain departments offer flexible work hours, ie office times, working from home, etc.

    Cons

    too many to list. comcially low compensation compared to competitors. executive leadership has good direction, but follow through is non-existent. business has no ability to forecast. work/life balance is expected to be 95% work/ 5% life. if you are corporate, not on the business side, don't expect promotions to be based on merit- rather how long you've been with the company.

    Advice to Management

    pick some initiatives and stick through. try to enforce some policy. making organizational announcements but no consequences for those who don't abide, and no incentive to follow through are just empty words. and cause huge impacts on the corporate functions who are left to clean up the mess. promotions should be on merit and ability, not length of tenure.

  6. Programmer Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good Training, lot of friends

    Cons

    Internal Politics, biased rating, no work life balance

  7. Company sucks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Java in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company process fast and work hr not so good

    Cons

    Salary and people take interview can,t understand their English at all . mostly Guju and South Indian cheated way their thru now think bog shot

    Advice to Management

    shut down yr company

  8. Lied about the job title, duties, hours and exempt status

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits incl. health, dental, vision, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    If they can't fill a position in a reasonable amount of time, they lie about the duties, hours, and even title.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your line workers--they always know more than your management.

  9. Escrow analysts

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    Current Employee - Escrow Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Escrow Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Seem to get big contracts.

    Cons

    The management team are too unexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring inexperiencef inept managers.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Associate Director, Enterprise Applications Practice

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not a single good thing found compared to CSC, ORACLE, GE and Other US companies where I worked, led and managed the products and services.

    Cons

    1. Dominated by south indian tamils especially in the leadership role, do not let any other language person, caste person to enter.
    2. No creative thinking, Not a good place for one who has top 3 MBA graduate with secured 15 US patents and built 100+ million dollar revenue.
    3. Quality of the Leadership team and internal operational efficiency is simply way below the standard.
    4. Casteism, Language exists. Top Management and Senior do not have any leadership abilities, it is a cowardship.
    5. You will report to someone who is way below your capability, Cognizant looks at immediate placement to the client, not really focus on candidate's complete potential.

    Advice to Management

    DSouza : Please make surprise visit to field, watch out your own surrounding leadership team full of Tamil Brahmins and your own circle of Carnegie. Shame on you for not building diversity. Organization Culture is horrible. No creative thinking, Manipulation and some corruption prevail in your organization. Glad to provide the names of the people, please take legal disciplinary action with senior and top management.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    While working in India, visa initiation is the only advantage
    While working in USA, your dependent's (back in India)health insurance coverage is taken care

    Cons

    India: Low pay compared to other companies.
    It sounds like a crime to the managers if we ask for compensatory off for supporting over a weekend
    If you come to office at 9am and leave at 6pm, they feel you are not flexible and that you dont work.
    If you come to office at 11am and leave at 8pm, they feel that you are the most hardworking person in the project.
    There was a time when i spent around 20 additional days over the weekends continuously and i was not given a single day compensatory off as the compensatory off expires within 2 months and you are not given a chance to take it!!
    Some managers are extremely rude, while some are very helpful
    you are not given a chance to choose the path in which your career needs to move. If you say that you need to work in some other project, instead of planning to release you,the plan starts to give you a low rating during the appraisal

    US
    Dont ever work in this company if you are in US, your work life balance will get spoilt.
    Asking for a compensatory off for working on a weekend is a crime.
    Managers dont know how to talk respectfully or respect a technical resources ability. Managers make decisions even if they are technically wrong. They over promise and under deliver and if their wrong promises are not delivered, they put the technical resource at spot.

    Good rating is given to those who are pending promotion, though they dont work much. Even if you put hard work ,lose sleep etc... they give you a second bucket or third and justify the action by saying that you didnt support other project needs!!

    if you ask for a release, you will be given 4th bucket and then that will adversely impact your career.

    if you are due promotion , then they would give you first bucket, even if you dont work and justify it by saying that you helped them to create business!!
    Twice i have been a victim of this.
    Pay is atleast 15 percent less than industry standards.

    If your visa is expiring and due to that your license expires, they wont be bothered to initiate a premium filing, and they wont be concerned about the issues you need to face, without being able to drive.
    They would be happy for saving 1000 dollars.!

    You must be reachable on phone during off work hours, even if there is no emergency.
    7pm, 8pm, 10pm etc

    it is expected that you talk to the offshore team, at their morning hours (your 10:30pm) and explain them about the issues. This is needed even after you send a detailed email about the issues.

    They sell you to the clients for less money, pay you less and finally dont care about your well being.

    If they estimate the project wrongly and then allocate only one resource where 4 resources are needed, they will blame you and give a wrong rating to you, instead of taking blame for the wrong estimation.

    The technical resource is always at the wrong end if there is an issue in the project.Manager never ever takes the blame. Managers know only to escalate, they dont take ownership of any thing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect the privacy of your resources. We are not just resources, we are human beings who have family and whoever has maintained a good balance between personal and professional life only that person can work efficiently during office hours.
    I think we need to move away from being inefficient workaholics to efficient technical experts or efficient managers.

    Please learn to share the profits with your workers. Every single year, you would say that the market is down and then give low bonus or low hikes. If every year, you are not making profits then something is wrong, you need to change the way we do business.


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