Cognex Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
28 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.2
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Cognex President, CEO and Director Robert Willett
Robert Willett
12 Ratings

28 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company, interesting product

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and bonuses, very interesting products that make life of engineers and developers very challenging, good values, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low range, but that is compensate by bonuses, awards and benefits


  2. Helpful (2)

    Work Hard, Work Harder!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enticing culture which attempts to strike a healthy balance between Work Hard and Play Hard.

    Cons

    Play Hard cultural events are a nice feature, but not worth substandard pay levels, severely limited resources and unrealistic work performance expectations. HR function is a complete joke at this company (unprofessional and incompetent with no independent thinking or influence).

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the contribution of rank and file employees is substantially greater than occasional cultural events.


  3. The company has changed over the last 8 years for the better and future growth looks very good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent company, the people are dedicated to doing good work and there are monthly corporate social events. Small group outings are paid for and encouraged to go 4 or more times a year. Most of the new hires are 25 years old and tech savy.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to progress on a clear career path and many wind up in a rut.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are good people and sometimes it seems like management discounts the communication because the company is doing so well.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    Looks can be deceiving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Product could provide real benefit to most end users if used properly. Customization of product routinely presented new challenges. Reasonably nice office space and location.

    Cons

    Upper level management out of touch with employees. Draconian work environment. Older employees blocked any real change. Not invented here mentality prevented use of new technologies. Mid-level management took credit for subordinates ideas. Offered many perks but discouraged employees from actually taking advantage of them. Group of older employees played favorites. Dollars over people at all times. Inadequate sales process and management of customers resulted in massive losses due to incorrect orders and over specification.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change. Listen to the employees who deal with the issues on a first hand basis. Manage by consensus not by decree.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Software Engineer at Cognex

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Things like movie night, $5000 trip after being there for 10 years and higher amounts for 15, 20 and 25 years, Halloween celebration with huge prizes for best costume just to name a few.

    Cons

    Company is in a big growth mode so with that come the challenges of keeping the smaller startup feel. Currently don't have a work from home option which could make it difficult to attract the younger generation.


  7. Finance and Accounting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Great perks outside of actual job.

    Cons

    Outdated processes make working here hard. Managers are arrogant, rude and most have worked at cognex for a very long time. Human resources is a joke, so if you have an actual problem, prepare to deal with it on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Update processes and embrace new ideas.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    A lot of company paid activities, such as play day, outing, etc. - almost too much. The company is financially in a very good shape, which means less lay-offs when the economy gets shaky.

    Cons

    You lose about 4 days of your PTO because of forced "shutdown". Salaries are lower than similar companies - mine is almost 20% lower, according to Glassdoor.


  9. Their motto is "Work hard, play hard...minus the play hard"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well - $135-250K depending on bonuses. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment. Most of the company is quite arrogant.


  10. great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    great opportunities, good culture, upper management has a good vision

    Cons

    fast growing - so some things are understaffed


  11. Its a good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good leadership, good core values,

    Cons

    none so far, did not find any worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work



Showing 28 of 29 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.