Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
6,323 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.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Projects in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Projects in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Excellent career opportunity and was great to work. Some of my best friends are from here.

    Cons

    Navigating the leadership is sometimes a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Open culture employer with focus on innovation. Talent identified and alternate career growth offered. Overall good exp

    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Work has its peaks & trough but in general work life balance is not a huge challenge. Open culture supports multi-dimensional growth. Employees are valued and aspirations of good performers are met.

    Cons

    Poor pay master. Associates internally promoted often get lesser pay from a junior level associate who is a lateral hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation of associates internally promoted needs to be made competitive and per market standards.

  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    secure, friendly, good relocation policy

    Cons

    Onshore-offshore module in all projects, HR is reactive instead of proactive,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appraisal should be conducted in more constructive, especially who are working at Client location. Talent manager should have a discussion with associate atleast once in a year for 360 Degree feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Look closely before you leap into this corporation. Look into the newspaper reports on associates in the US.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Teaneck, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Teaneck, NJ

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Continues to grow, salaries are OK, benefits are OK, flexibility is there to work remotely.

    Cons

    This company is predominantly Indian, though based in the US. It is possible/probable that at some point, though you are located in the US, your manager will be "off shore" (which equals India). Keep in mind that there are still cultural differences, holiday differences, time differences, etc. You will work very hard, very long hours with little acknowledgement. It is also highly probable/possible that at some point a portion of your job, or your entire job, will be sent "off shore". More than half of the company's work force is in India (approx. 90,000) and any opportunity to off shore is taken. Reviews are done on a curve so that not all associates who exceed expectations will get that score. Only 10-20% of all associates can get that, with the curve the company insists on. Since your bonus and promotion are based on this, it makes promotion very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to your associates while they are within the company and during the exit interview process. There is valuable information into what is being said and may help you to avoid future litigation.

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

    Weird

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    So many opportunities, especially if you want to work internationally. This company is huge.

    Cons

    I came out of the North America Campus Hire program, which is Cognizant's campus recruiting for US universities. My main advice to other campus recruits would be to initially try to find a strong mentor within your account. Everyone in my account is quite busy, so it can be hard to get the career guidance and training that you need.

    That being said, if you can find a way to understand the organization and find your place in it, there's a lot of rewarding work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal employee systems - they are glitchy and slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sr Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior MDM Consultant in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior MDM Consultant in Edison, NJ

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    The salary paid is very low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay proper salary to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    the workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Teaneck, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Teaneck, NJ

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

    Pros

    great place to work, interesting projects, lots of freedom to innovate, good support, great teams, good benefits programs, fun environment, lots of social programs where one can contribute

    Cons

    Rewards and recognition programs could be better; lot of competition for promotions perhaps due to the growth of the company resulting in a lot of people at same grade

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really focus on creating better rewards and recognition programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company. However, don't expect much money!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good for those who is on Visa (H1/L1). They file GC too.
    Benefits are also good. Pay half of your medical (no its not free!)

    Cons

    Consider your actual half salary going to Cognizant. e.g. If they charge 100 to client, you will get 50.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain good people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great employer in IT space

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Open culture, ESPP benefits, open to location requests

    Cons

    Slow career growth, middle level management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Gives independence & loves initiative.
    Advancement is not bound by years of toiling but quality of work.
    Good paymaster, work life balance.

    Cons

    Little unstructured. Personall connections matter a lot if you need to get anything done; profesionally or personally.
    Difficult to change projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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