Cognex Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    It sucks, management changes too fast and has no long term thinking.

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture
    OK pay
    Good place for engineers
    New CEO
    Frisbee at lunch

    Cons

    Poorly defined role for product marketing managers
    Senior leadership is very short-term focused
    Do not treat employees with respect
    Niche area, you will be stuck in this industry
    Poor bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you need a job, you can get one here.

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    Former Employee - Cognoid in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Cognoid in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers. Parties and socials. Halloween celebration. Listening to Doctor Bob pontificate, if only for the laughs of disbelief.

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement. Raises are tiny to non-existant. Bonuses are microscopic. Stock options are a nice perk but not lucrative unless you've been there for 15+ years. Employees are seen as interchangeable and easily replaceable spare parts. HR is a hopeless mess and defers to management without fail. Company considers parties, movie nights and other perks as part of employee "total compensation."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the economy improves, Cognoids are voting with their feet. You say you don't care, but there's been a revolving door in certain areas of the company recently. It will be hard to hang on to good people--even good engineers--unless you start paying better wages and giving cost-of-living raises as a start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Professional environment, good food, nice people.

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    Former Employee - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Though this was only a short contract the environment was professional and the people were friendly.
    The cafeteria food was also pretty good.

    Cons

    For some reason my hiring manager was bothered by the Christian web site I had on my resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discriminate against Christians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fine until I find something better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex

    Pros

    There is lots to be done and you can own as many things as you want if you ask for them.

    Cons

    Culture is stifling, people are so over-loaded that no real work with meaningful progress can get done, work life balance is a joke.

  7.  

    Cutthroat corporate culture with arrogant middle management.

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    The technology is very cool. The algorithms developed by Cognex are world class. Some very smart engineering talent works in Natick. Also, the sales force is extremely motivated, so it is a great place to learn how to effectively sell a technology product.

    Company is global, so there are many opportunities to work/travel internationally.

    Cons

    The Cognex culture in Natick is far more corporate (back-stabbing) than you are initially led to believe. The turnover rate, especially in the sales force, is higher than at any other company I've worked for in the past 5 years. In two years, I have seen over 5 people in HR come and go, including an HR Director.

    The game room, the cultural events, etc. are all tools used to help people forget how underpaid they are relative to the market.

    Also, the cost of living in MA is such that the below-average pay makes it very difficult to work at Cognex and maintain a comfortable quality of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that you need to compensate your developing talent, or else they will take their skills elsewhere. People who have the ability to gain employment elsewhere will eventually leave if they don't feel respected by management. You can gain more through positive motivation rather than threatening people's jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Quick working temple, shall moving fast

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    leading company in machine vision industry
    excellent brand in machine vision products

    Cons

    territory decides achievement rate, means commission high or low is very in destiny.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't stay too long-was better 5 years ago

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, fun co-workers, casual environment. Promotes a "work hard, play hard" corporate culture. Tends to have low employee turnover.

    Cons

    Employee contribute health care plans, management doesn't believe in pay raises, the longer you work here the less they value you, not a lot of development/promotion options. Once you top out start looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of us work for money not only for fun. Share some of that cash you have with your employees. Management could communicate more with the rank and file. Stop trying to do everything with minimal headcount.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Cognex is Gone. Not so sure about the new one.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cognex

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good people to work with
    Exciting tech
    Recognition awards when you are lucky to be chosen
    Very profitable

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management
    Local management hit and miss
    No real clear vision of where the company wants to go
    Too much rivalry between groups that hampers cohesiveness and communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to find a way to communicate with it's staff at all locations. Cognex is a growing company with multiple locations that all have a significant role to play but they treat anyone who is not at the HQ like the whipping boy.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer at Cognex

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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