Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
5,662 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 565 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 499 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 338 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 76 reviews)

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  1.  

    Highly Political environment at senior leadership, extremely sales focussed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager-Projects in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager-Projects in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow if you can find your tribe in the company. Strong sales focused company.

    Cons

    Delivery capabilities are not up to industry standard. Management believes that they can hustle the employees and get the work done. Lacks resource quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    AS400 Technical Lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AS400 Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - AS400 Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with different project teams

    Cons

    Team meetings consumes most of my time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractor, not hoping for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Indian service firm in lines with Accenture. Lot of new recruitment and projects under Retail

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Projects in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Projects in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay -Decent pay comapred to market standard
    Work options - flexible work options available based on projects
    Opportunities,Growth - lot of new client and opportunities. Good marketing team.
    Roles

    Cons

    HR organization is not very organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good for beginners.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You will get a chance to work with different clients/projects so you can learn. Good for beginners and for those who are willing to put extra effort/time.

    Cons

    Expect you to work over time when there is more work. Not so professional. You need to scream for better ratings and promotion if you deserve. Hard to get promotions if you are not sticking to same Account

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One's ratings/promotion is depending on one person who is his manager. what if that person is not professional and with no work ethics?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Manager Projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of travel opportunities provided you are with the right project. There really lot of nice people to work with. No work life balance.

    Cons

    Performance review process is still in stone age and not centered around individuals career growth. Moving across various domains eg retail to hospitality, is not so easy. Even if you manage to do that, you have to start fresh all over again,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Manager - Projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work with good clients. Option to go abroad. Option to apply for US green card. Good relocation reimbursement.

    Cons

    While moving from one project to other, your previous history gets lost and you don't get good rating and hampers your performance appraisal. Same salary when person returns back from spending long time abroad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a people manager, who remains with a person as supervisor for long time and doesn't change, this is specially in verticals. Also give good salary when person return back after long time spending abroad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    average employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -challenging work in most cases
    -files green card

    Cons

    -most projects have very stringent deadlines due to the nature of contracts Cognizant has with the client. as a result,the team suffers.
    -once joined the company, promotion, growth etc is very slow and lot of politics
    -very loosely managed , with reporting manager having very little knowledge about what people under him are doing. Again this impacts negatively during appraisal and promotion cycles.
    -not all that great salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involved in what people reporting to you do.
    define a better career, goal and growth path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good for resume, profile.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Job Security - Many clients & locations
    Benefits - Health, Vision, 401k, Dental, ESPP

    Cons

    If you have off-shore co-ordination, forget evenings with family.
    If you are joining with getting Green Card, then NO NO NO
    If you think you will get good increment in salary next 2 years, forget that
    Salary is very minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should revise salary standards, immigration process.

    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Mixed bag of good exposure to interesting work assignments and insufficient compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Large Company, Diverse functional opportunities

    Cons

    Slow career growth opportunity, low salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Experience is good for 1 or 2 years not for long term settlement

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

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

    Pros

    Job safety that's all nothing much other than this.

    Cons

    1.Too much politics with Indians around
    2.Pay discrepancies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in more good culture and values and please work on your payslips divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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