Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
5,678 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture, Visa processing is streamline compare to other Indian based company (in 571 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 503 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 344 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    When I left college i had a desire to work i mean program/write code but cognizant sucked life off me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Leave policies are good. HR and finance processes are good. Increments are average. Promotions and onsite opportunities are recherché for freshers. Office culture is just Ok and is predominantly influenced by your manager/supervisor.

    Cons

    I dont see any perks of working here at cognizant, except for a credit card with good limit and some time to time nugatory corporate offers from third parties(only if you are willing to call them perks). WorkForce/talent management is abysmally dismayed. Bad work-life balance sometimes you are workless next day overburdened with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth is precluded because of non-objective approach towards talent management. A good student from Computer Science background is made to sit ideally for as long as 9 months. While some one from Mechanical(without his consent) may be urged to do hardcore development. Thats extremely inequitable on your part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work culture exploited by managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate - Projects in Calcutta (India)
    Former Employee - Associate - Projects in Calcutta (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Even if you don't have enough skills you can survive by buttering your managers.
    2. You can easily avail Onsite opportunity if you keep good relationship with your manager.
    3. You don't need to work hard, just need to stay late at office, (9 PM or 10PM) and you can show that you are a hard worker and can avail cab service everyday.
    3. If you are manager here, no one can stop you from doing what you want. You can bring your family members or create a so called family (brother, sister etc) here.

    Cons

    1. Don't go against your manager or against a person who is favorite to your manager. Otherwise he/she will try best to ruin your career.
    2. Policies are for all employee is just for documentation. Managers breaks policy and no one(even HR) will not take any action against them. But you will be victim.
    3. If you have good work skills, this is not a place for you as you will not be awarded unless you butter up your manager.
    4. You will never hear that a manager is terminated because of HR issue whereas many employee gets terminated because of it. Hope this is a proof that you are secure if you are managers here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just making policies are not enough take a look if these are properly followed. Whatever you note down while exit interview take action against it or else every year good employees will leave you and you. Policy violations are everywhere and managers encourages it. For example manager will ask employee to share passwords. If he don't then they will not force him, but it will reflect in his year end rating and they have other explanations against it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Racial Discrimination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Better Onsite opportunity
    Salary is good

    Cons

    For Tamils Only,they will make your life difficult if you join a chennai based project and you are not tamil.
    No Sick leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low Salaries, No career Planning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst Trainee in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Program Analyst Trainee in Calcutta (India)

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

    Pros

    No pros as such I found.

    Cons

    Low salary
    Poor teamwork
    Unrelated profile offering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments

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

    Experience was not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Good tax benefits
    No swipe in out details checked

    Cons

    Lot of favouritism
    Big queue for promotions and favouritism/buttering wins the race
    No work life balance if in BFS
    Less salary
    Appraisal cycle is January to December but increment is given in july

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give promotions to those who deserves it
    Increase package

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for experience and worst for freshers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work. Apart from this every other thing is same as other organizations.

    Cons

    Some ridiculous rules by organization frustrates the employees.
    1. Only Associate will be considered for Visa nominations which is lottery.
    2. Promotions only during the promotion cycles which happens only once a year.
    3. HR's rule everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have seen many employees moving out since the last year. If you continue being the same you will many moving out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Join as Lateral and leave in 2- years

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

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

    Pros

    Its upto your negotiation skills man...

    If you are idly sambar.. you get some bonus points.

    Cons

    1. Don't join as fresher
    2. Don't mess with T- manager
    3. Don't entertain offshore calls from home.
    4. Don't work for more than 9 hours
    5. Don't stick to this for more than 2-3 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need any advice... You know what needs to be improved.. but you don't change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pure politics in Cognizant, Worst and Biased Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    There is no best reason to work.
    There is no proper recognition and value to the work done.

    Cons

    Worst management
    Biased management
    No Recognition to the work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very Hierarchical

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really Cant think of any

    Cons

    Very Hierarchical, bad on compensation and HR

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Not the best now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Well established,
    Lot of opportunities in various technologies

    Cons

    HR services are not good,
    Salaries vary with in organization over different BU`s.Dont ever take MANLOG vertical it is the least paying vertical and expectations are Mt everest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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