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Cognex Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Looks can be deceiving

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Finance and Accounting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

    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    Outdated processes make working here hard.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 ManagementAdvice

    Update processes and embrace new ideas.

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

    Great company, interesting product

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good leadership, good core values,

    Cons

    none so far, did not find any worth mentioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11. 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.

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