Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
6,271 Reviews
3.5
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 for short term, not meant for long term

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

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    In USA - Cognizant offers a very good multicultural office environment, with good benefits for medical, dental, vision, 401k etc for employees. Has very good employee internal training programs to mentor employees and help them perform well on the job. Has a very good brand name and is trusted by its numerous clients in the quality of its deliverables. The quality of work offered to most of its employees is good - it does depend on which project you are in though. Various international opportunities exist for employees.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work at all if you consider compensation. The home grown employees of Cognizant (who start career with them and stay for long term) would see a drastic difference in the salary that they get (will be paid very less) after 5 years of service as compared to others in the market. For home grown employees, while the quality of work offered is great, and various international opportunities exist, but the compensation that they get will be very poor and not competitive at all as compared to market. Very less to No growth opportunities after 5 years of service in the middle level of this organization. Very less vacation days for US employees. Employees rewards and recognition program is very very poor and biased most of the times. This is a place where you Work hard but get no reward in your pocket for any of your extra effort or out of box thinking that you do. Talent Management is worst in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees rewards and recognition program for home grown employees (who start career with them and stay for long term) is very very poor and biased most of the times. Very poor rewarding system for employees between 5 years to 12 years of service in this company. This is a place where you Work hard but get no reward in your pocket for any of your extra effort or out of box thinking that you do. Talent Management is worst in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worth it for initial years of career

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

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Good opportunities for fast track growth at junior levels

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities after getting into mid level management, below par salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the profits with employees, define leadership track and make it a reward for mid level management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Associate Operation Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Management Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Management Associate in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good training on cutting edge technologies, great benefits

    Cons

    Leadership team is not up to the mark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lot of intermittent layers which makes you frustrated at work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture for beginners really

    Cons

    Poor pay and shift. ..horrible hr

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talent you already have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Once you get through the hiring process, the company offers great opportunity.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with partnering companies and expand your network.

    Cons

    Very old school mentality and hiring process can take some time. Administrative process needs to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation could improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Need to increase salaries

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

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Work Culture is good in certain teams.

    Cons

    The compensation paid to its employees is lower than market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the Salary on average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good one

    • 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

    Career growth. Onsite opportunity are more

    Cons

    Nothing to tell. Very less comp

  10.  

    Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Pros

    Better salary then their peers( now dont think like wayy different)- Green card option- Bonus component- Work/life balance( depends on which project are you into)

    Cons

    1) Sr. Managers and directors think that they own employees. Sometime cross the professional line and that can be distracting.
    2) Too much focus on implementation. ( maybe because thats the bread and butter), but if you are hiring MBA's into your Technology arm please dont ask to do day to PM work.
    3) Green card is a pro.. but now they have changed the rules and they will keep you on bait for as long as they can so that you hang around. This maybe direct result of people misusing this process to get their GC's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please improve your base component of the salary- let middle managers know especially the Directors and Account managers that they need to understand that they don't own employees and it cannot be " my way or no way" attitude. Maybe train them or groom them to work with Millennial?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Life Changing

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

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

    Pros

    Better working Environment, Better Flexibility

    Cons

    Slow career progress and promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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