Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
5,348 Reviews

3.5
5,348 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 501 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 422 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life Balance & Onshore opportunities depends on the project you are into (in 291 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

    Employee friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    As with every organization, this also has hurdles because of specific managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    8 years as mainframe developer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Wheeling, IL

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

    Pros

    Vision, Business values, Customer satisfaction and retention

    Cons

    Salary, lack of proper hierarchy pyramid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Among the best within the large IT Outsourcing firms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Focus on developing consulting expertise

    Cons

    large size, risk aversion and lack of investment in associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consulting is now the key differentiation among large IT firms, and I have consistently seen a hesitation on part of the senior mgmt to invest in developing the consulting skills of the in house BAs. I think a long term outlook on ROI on consulting investment needs to be encouraged rather than a short term return based investment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work culture and good Team to work

    Cons

    Salary fitment is not right and no growth after some time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary should be revised as per industry

    Recommends
  6.  

    Overall, a great company to work for but has its share of problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good growth opportunities and overall a great place to work. It takes some time to get used to the culture but most people who make it beyond a year will usually stick around for the long haul.

    Cons

    As with any growing organization, managing a company of this size is getting more and more bureaucratic. Also, management needs to address the growth pangs of associates more creatively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice job, but watch out going forward - others have been here and we know where they are now!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work enviornment, great opportunities, not so great $$$ for sub-management employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Cognizant has provided a challenging work environment. I have been very satistifed with the compentency of our management. There are definitely opportunities for professional & career growth

    Cons

    I haven't been very satistified with my salary thus far. You really need to make management before you start seeing a good salary and respectable bonuses. Most people at below-management levels in our office received bonuses in the neighborhood of 300-500 last year, which is a hard pill to swallow when managers are making 7,000 - 12,000 bonuses.
    While there are definitely opportunities for growth, it seems that a LOT of people get stuck at the Senior Associate level. After that, the people that I know who are above that level seem to experience steady career growth and professional development. You really need to make sure you are doing something to stand out to get beyond the SA level, or you will get stuck & frustrated. I guess that is the whole "manage up or manage out" philosophy, but I do know a lot of talented people that are struggling to break through to the next level - it is very competative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love to have a more transparent pay structure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awsome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    great opportunities and htey aggressively move you to stretch you

    Cons

    they work really hard and expect you to put in long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing firm to start your career with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate - Projects  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Skillful immigration staff
    Internal infrastructure is good (read immigration, help desk, support staff etc)
    Stellar career growth for out performers
    Exhaustive clientele

    Cons

    Compensation
    Benefits- Paid leaves
    Trade off between personal life and career growth
    Appraisal metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to come up with better appraisal metrics, not all achievements are quantitative.
    Performance evaluation needs to be 2 way street; supervisors need to be assessed on 360 feedback from direct reports.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Another Indian IT Services company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Business Consulting  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Business Consulting in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Low on diversity - 90% employees are Indians, very delivery oriented approach, performance management is not merit based at many occasions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase diversity, encourage employees at all levels to be a part of growth strategy,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong management, good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay and promotion cycle needs revision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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