Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
5,655 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 565 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 499 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 338 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 76 reviews)

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  1.  

    AVP for Services

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the offshoring market. Was treated fairly from a compensation perspective. Believe the exec leadership has created a differentiated, offshoring model and does have a good strategy in place to drive near term growth.

    Cons

    Cognizant positions itself as a global IT company with its roots in the USA. In reality, it is just a better packaged Indian outsourcing / offshoring company that happens to be headquartered in the USA from a financial reporting and governance perspective. Most day-to-day / operations and service development decisions are driven from and made in India.

    As a "local" (aka non Indian), there is no employee loyalty. They will use you and lose you. Once India has pulled all the knowledge they can from you and believes they can do the work themselves, you will be discarded unless you are in a direct billing or sales role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Cognizant is to be truly a global company (Accenture-like), you will need to break the India strangle hold on the company. Hard to be truly global when execs in India are making calls w/o being in the local markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to start

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of Onsite oppurtunities if you join in the consulting side
    Good Solid growth oppurtunities
    Great peer team

    Cons

    Mostly BA work
    Less consulting assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More investment needed if the consulting side has to reach it full potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities
    Excellent onsite options
    Benefits are good enough, though they can be better

    Cons

    If not proactive, you may get stuck in a monotonous routine.
    Appraisals are very biased, favoring based on personal equations is rampant instead of considering performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Quality is going down

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    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
  6.  

    Cognizant Technology Solutions US Corp is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    1) Loads of good projs/clients
    2) Good opportunities

    Cons

    Too many employee 's gives it a sweat shop look

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learning

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flat hierarchy and very open culture

    Cons

    Less emphasis on technical deliverance even they do both consulting and implementations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place equal emphasis on technical strength as you continue to grow your consulting domain

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company to Start with...

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Job security is good.
    Offshore job is good...Lots of fun
    Company has got aggressive growth

    Cons

    Less salary for Onsite assignments
    Associate's career aspirations overridden by Project billing requirements
    Management will take any risky projects with unrealistic dead lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider employee's aspirations also rather than looking for Project billing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to build career

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    • 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

    great work culture, good pay and benefits,

    Cons

    bad work-life balance, overtime seems to a common norm, appraisal rating system is a black-hole

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Better work place to be

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very high visible company with good growth

    Cons

    low salaries and bad recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better salaries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The most unethical company & money hungry.

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    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

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