Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
6,271 Reviews
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6,271 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture, Visa processing is streamline compare to other Indian based company (in 586 reviews)

  • gt; pretty good work-life balance, but still this depends on the project you get (in 536 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 365 reviews)

  • No work -life balance, a training period of one year for freshers (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company to Start with...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Better work place to be

    • 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 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Good Place to work for Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

    Pros

    Work culture makes job fun

    Cons

    Compensation & benefits doesn't match the market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities in the company

    Cons

    Salary below par with respect to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve salary structure and employee retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    body shopping

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    None to mention specifically about

    Cons

    too much of body shopping and mutliple document activities

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work

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

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

    Pros

    good independence in managing the team

    Cons

    onsite and offshore coordination some time becomes a headach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to improve the salaries for all the assiciates as it is very less compared to US based companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good people, big clients, big projects, good benefits but slow growth

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

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

    Pros

    Safe place to work, process oriented, proper hierarchy model, good benefits - stock options, medical insurance, paid leaves, WFHs etc. People are good here and there is enough work for everybody.

    Cons

    Slow growth and increment, less salary than market rate. Politics at management level. Offshore team have less experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should judge people by there work instead of personal front. HR should provide correct information at the time of hiring - like location and salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company to work

    • 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

    Good Company to work without concerning salry

    Cons

    Good Company to work if you not care about salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    8 years as mainframe developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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