Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
5,874 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture, Visa processing is streamline compare to other Indian based company (in 574 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 509 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 349 reviews)

  • No work -life balance, a training period of one year for freshers (in 78 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. This is one of the worst companies to work with. The only reason employees stick with this company is because they file greencard.

    Cons

    People suck. No one helps you, you are on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up

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

    The most unethical company & money hungry.

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company is growing, managers are having good time...

    Cons

    They hire people from US (mostly Indians who are 1-2 years near visa expiry) with all sort of verbal promises about green card.
    They initiate the PERM process when the time for visa expiry is less than a year. For the PERM process they will post the advertisement incorrectly so that PERM application gets audited. In the past three years they are near to 95% audit on all PERM applications.

    They do all this to send associates to India at 1/4 the package they give in US. This way they don't have to spend money for direct hiring in India and they get the creamy layer for a very low price.

    This is not the end, when they move people to India they won't pay the full lease breakage. The max is two months rent. They don't pay for relocating household items. Above all, the managers will screw your life if you raise your voice.

    Very honest advice don't join this company in US
    If you have green card or US citizen things could be different otherwise be ready to shell out money and don't expect any support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about people who work and makes money for you to achieve your revenue target. If they are gone, this company will not grow.

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

    Stagnant

    • 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

    There is good experience to be had with some clients.

    Cons

    Lack of promotions, insulting salary increases for promotions, no career path defined, no recognition for employees going above and beyond. Poor environment to work in. Poor leadership communication within the North American division and the company in general. Poor HR communication regarding the many changes in policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about its employees.

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They provide a standard benefits package, more or less. They offer matching contributions (to an extent) on retirement. They have a corporate rewards package which is probably similar to most other companies. That's about all the good I can say for this company.

    Cons

    This company places you at a firm and basically forgets all about you. Very low salaries. No appreciation for hard work or excellence. If they place you in a higher-level position, with more job responsibility and higher prominence/importance, they still refuse to even consider a salary adjustment. This company bills more than twice what they are paying me. To even be considered for advancement, you have to comply with their incomprehensible "Cognizant Career Architecture" program; every single coworker I know has struggled just to figure out what they are supposed to do. For some reason, my own CCA requires two outside certifications, which I'd have to pay for out of pocket (and be reimbursed), and which I don't have time for due to my overloaded work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, if you are going to require external training and certification, you need to provide the time off from the regular client to take it. And you need to pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Potential as a growing company, delivery challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company secures good accounts that have growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Delivery through the offshore model is hit and miss, largely dependent on the quality of their onsite consultants and the maturity level of the offshore team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to overextend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lousy and ridiculous company

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has some varied international clients across geographies and freshers can get good international exposure. One can learn provided if he is in good project else it is more of doing mundane and useless things. You can do lots of training and can always look forward to move from one project to another team. If you have a distinguished career I wont recommend any one to join.

    Cons

    Though they paint it to be an international company, but their procedures and overall working style is typical Indian body shop company and you would feel that there is no professionalism in any approach. So if you can manage to work in such environment this company would be heaven for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over it, life is not only about billing to the clients

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

    Extremely low salaries compared to industry standards, no work life balance, no rewards and recognition criteria

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very less pros of working, few leadership folks are pretty focused on the careers of individuals

    Cons

    Totally Indianized culture
    No consulting business
    Very low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance, salary revisions, rewards and recognition programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No work life balance

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relocation policies are the best

    Cons

    1. Very bad management. Donot listen to you unless you put down your papers.
    2. No work life balance.
    3. No promotion or growth opportunities if you are a lateral and at onsite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Quality is going down

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Lot of politics.
    No respect to individuals with great potential.
    Extremely long hours or work.
    Poor salary compared to the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the best talent has already left. Please retain the the talent. There is a lot of nepotism in the teams. There are some excellent resources that have not been recognized as they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Moderate, not so exciting

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong client relationship makes job stable, long term. Processes green card.

    Cons

    Not so attractive salary package. High medical copay, only 10 days vacation per year. Managers are unhappy when employees want to use vacation time. Appraisal system totally subjective depends solely on the discretion of the manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit pay structure. Also revisit the appraisal structure - involve HR persons to conduct appraisals, not PMs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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