Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
5,513 Reviews
3.5
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Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 501 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 422 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life Balance & Onshore opportunities depends on the project you are into (in 291 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience was not good

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    • 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Join as Lateral and leave in 2- years

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    • 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 for 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
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    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
  6.  

    Very Hierarchical

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really Cant think of any

    Cons

    Very Hierarchical, bad on compensation and HR

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Cognizant Interactive is not a healthy place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Good place to start off your career. Even though my experience wasn't all that great, quite a few people were impressed by the name of the organization on my resume.
    2. Good deputation policies.
    3. Good training initiatives.

    Cons

    1. Was based at the extreme end of Pune. Would miss out on life while stuck in the dingy office bus.
    2. Arrogant seniors who would go to any extremes to reserve the good ratings for themselves.
    3. Meagre pay.
    4. Zero employee engagement.
    5. Groupism.
    6. Lack of serious work (spent close to 6 months on the bench).
    7. Undefined work offerings.
    8. Collaboration discouraged.
    9. Lack of respect for individual regardless of their performance. Even the better performers are made to feel like crap.
    10. The team is stuck in a rut. They have no new offerings for the market, limited skills, and loud mouths.
    12. The internal technology support in Cognizant is the worst I've seen. Getting a citrix connection takes a month here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The system is stinking of incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very unproffesional

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    THERE ARE NONE, I don't have anything nice to say

    Cons

    arrogance, professionalism, condescending. All he talks about is him self

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should hire someone that care about their client and doesn't think he's a film star at all times especially when it's time to take care of customwers

  10.  

    Indian body shop doing business in USA under the guise of being a large corporation.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    During a weak economy, you can at least say "it's a job".
    Salary is paid on time and benefits are average.
    If you are an Indian on a USA visa, this is an Indian firm and you might get along well with the Indian culture.
    Company has a lot of client sites so you will typically be able to stay busy.

    Cons

    - Indian firm is not easy for Americans to navigate through.
    - Company puts you on corporate bench the day you finish a client site, and lays you off 4 weeks after you go on bench. This corporate policy has no wiggle room in it.
    - There are metrics for how well your yearly evaluation goes. So no matter how well you do, only 10% of employees are allowed to be rated with "excellent". These ratings equate to your bonus, so many do not get a bonus.
    - Weak methodology - no internal methodology exists, and CTS rarely uses ASAP correctly (if at all).
    - Management changes their direction and the structure of the organization almost yearly due to very weak performance in USA. Clients usually unhappy, and not enough new logos sign on with CTS. As such, the VP and Director structure as well as the vertical responsibilities change yearly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consulting firm to come in and set up a highly performing corporate structure and create KPI's for each level of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Just a name and number.

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits at a very reasonable cost.

    Cons

    No administrative support. I was never able to get answers to simple HR or Help Desk questions.

    Doesn't Recommend

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