Cognex Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. A look into the inside.

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    Current Employee - Software in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software in Portland, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall cognex is a great company to work for. Very laid back work environment for the most part as long as you get your work done. There is a lot of freedom to be creative and work out your own solutions to problems. Managers always listen to suggestions and are open to your ideas.

    Cons

    Too far out of town. But that is only in relation to where I live so...

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between the different groups in the building.


  2. Great opportunities to excel at a highly successful comany!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, smart leadership, willing to do the right thing! I have worked at a few companies and Cognex stands out as one of the best. Great culture and place to grow! People stay at Cognex for a reason, one of the best companies in Massachusetts.

    Cons

    More interactions with our colleagues in Europe and Asia!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your new talent and middle managers, groom them for the next step. There are new employees and managers that bring new perspectives from other successful companies!


  3. Product Marketing

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best products in industry, very high knowledge level, great culture, very international

    Cons

    Demanding, cafeteria food, matrix organization


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    Senior Repair Technician

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    Former Employee - Senior Repair Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Repair Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on new product. Being apart of the work to bring it to the public. Working with very intelligent people. The team atmosphere. Their commitment to quality. I enjoyed working on RMA's and fixing them. Determining what caused a unit to fail. I enjoyed being a part of the team to better and more versatile units.

    Cons

    Getting parts sometimes for old units. The slow season between starting a new product and having finished getting the last new one up and running.

    Advice to Management

    Stream line the getting parts for the older units. Keep up the courses in team work. They much improve are abilities to function as a team.


  6. Its a good company to work for

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    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


  7. great company to work for

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    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company, interesting product

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    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


  9. The place to work in Hungary

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company pays extreme attention to details about how you feel about your everyday life. Excellent location of the office in the heart of the city. Plenty of places to go to grab lunch. Great equipment, always high-end hardware (DELL), office furniture is from Blue, highest quality you can wish for. Great people, cool atmosphere, MOC (Ministry Of Culture) to make sure the social life amongst "Cognoids" is always busy.

    Cons

    No real cons, maybe personal preferences for some, but I couldn't mention anything.

    Advice to Management

    Management in Hungary should be more like management in the main US office.


  10. Cognex is a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart management. Puts company and employee needs ahead of personal needs. Rewards and incentives for top performers.

    Cons

    Management is smart and knowledgeable but doesn't always listen to younger engineers or others hired from the outside that might have good ideas too.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the company. Take some risks to diversify. You have great knowledge that can be applied to new markets.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Work hard, play hard.

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    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Specialist in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Specialist in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cognex demands a lot of their employees, and they will tell you this at the first interview. However if you enjoy working with intelligent, hard working people you won't mind the long hours. They also go out of their way to make sure employees feel appreciated with parties, recognition awards, bonuses.

    Cons

    Dr. Bob (the founder) doesn't always want to hear opinions that differ from his own.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to show employee appreciation, provide flexibility for family life so people do not have to choose one or the other.



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