Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Teaneck, NJ

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing growth - solid core values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Watching Cognizant senior leadership tear up the market place. From a distant "fifth place" to posing an actual threat to competitors such as Infosys within 5 -6 years since I've joined. Amazing achievement. And they are constantly surprising me with rewards - raises - ways to ensure I feel I'm a part of the win.

    Cons

    Way too heavy administratively, especially offshore. Certain pockets of the business have suffered from poor senior leadership. But unlike other companies I've worked for, the focus remains on the bottom line. Even the most politically connected seem to get a certain amount of time to prove their skills to make the business profitable, or else. Quite refreshing!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on! Clearly doing something right!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Listen Closely as this may be your last chance to run!

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

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

    Pros

    They will show you in the interview process their profitability and how awesome the company is. Free lunch on Fridays, etc... Review Cons for the truth!

    Cons

    The cons are these : If you are one of the many people who have migrated to the US for work from other countries it is a good fit for you because you are very use to the relentless pace. However, if you are originally from the US its a hard pill to swallow. There are more than 30,000 employees if you are looking for a SUPPORT STAFF ROLE, Human Resources, Benefits, anything like that BE CAREFUL. The work is NON STOP, you will work hours you have never even thought of working before. Note that they don't care if you work 14 hours, if you are behind you will be reprimanded. A lot of people come in and burn out in the first 6 months.. Its not uncommon, oh and the company doesn't care about that either. Its the Cognizant way they say.. You have 30,000 people and have a Benefits department with 5 people in it? Doesn't make logical sense but that's what happens. The Human resources department is slightly larger but they are managing not only the US but oversees too so they are all swamped and burned out as well. They don't really give bonuses to people below Manager level ( THE HARD WORKERS) so don't have that expectation.. Ohhhh and there's that cold feeling there.. If you are a workaholic or are running from something in your life and just need to BURY yourself in work this is the place for you.. If you want to have a man, a woman, a wife, a husband, and see your children KEEP LOOKING!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have auditors reassess the need for your departments. Your employees are killing themselves basically and beyond getting the accolades you seem to care less... Perhaps your company who is making ALOT of money should invest in expanding the support groups, putting positive people in leadership positions and allowing your staff to enjoy their lives. The Cognizant way can lead to burn out or worst one of those crazy instances where an employee gets irate..

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Employer Review - Cognizant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Client Partner in Teaneck, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager/Client Partner in Teaneck, NJ

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

    Pros

    Decent health Insurance Plan in US
    Decent employee benefits
    Global company
    If you are a Jr. programmer and want to learn technology; join this company. If you are Sr. level person with capability and talent - refrain from joining Cognizant because of the cons mentioned below.

    Cons

    - Extremely Hierarchical
    - Extremely regional treatment (unofficial off course) and favoritism for South Indian People - growth potential exists for mainly South Indian people. This is not a region centric statement but the reality.
    - Dominated by (at BU / SBU level and below) few handful of Indian (South Indian mainly) people in every Industry sector who can't demonstrate their leadership strength down the line
    - No work life balance
    - very few good leaders present excluding C level people
    - Average compensation structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great Place to Work if you Need Some Time to Learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Teaneck, NJ
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Teaneck, NJ

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

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of meeting the CEO once. He seems very inviting and down to earth. I think the company is new (especially in the USA) so it will take some time for the company to 'Americanize'. There are a lot of oppourtunites and the company is expanding very fast.

    Cons

    the Culture depends on the client you work for. Cognizant does not have its own corporate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it would be really beneficial for Cognizant let workers move from client to client. It would allow them to work with my different people and learn a lot. It is very hard for new hires to move around within the company. once you are at a Senior Analyst level, moving to a management role is very difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Explorative pyramid scheme!

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

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was very happy after the exit interview.

    Cons

    Bad pay, people are treated like rows on a spreadsheet. Bait and switch hiring practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring B and C level talent. "Tier One Period"? LMFAO! More like Tier One Periodically!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad Company for Salary hikes but benefits are ok

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

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

    Pros

    * Benefits are ok, like Green card, Medical Insurance is good
    * Initial salary is good overall you wouldn't get hike
    * Good programmer
    *Training academy is good but paid training outside is given to need by basis

    Cons

    They have a really workaholic environment.
    Late hours of Onsite/ffshore work
    LNo appreciation of Hard work
    No Career Advancement of opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMPROVE and THINK On

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place if you want work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    I moved from a Big 4 to CBC. Wonderful and innovative firm, fair work/life balance and can be well rewarding if you perform

    Cons

    Slow at times, not as competent as a Big 4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the practice of mentorship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Without Integrity

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

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

    Pros

    Breadth of service offerings
    Compensation
    Brand recognition

    Cons

    Mislead clients
    No work/life balance
    Leadership unethical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to basics. Focus on integrity. Quit expecting your associates to be dishonest with clients and each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Overall, a very positive place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work location
    Training opportunities are extensive
    the Company encourages employees to provide innovative ideas to solve problems.

    Cons

    No visibility to senior leadership in the business unit.
    Organizational structure is not clearly apparent.
    Male dominated culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    IT Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good company to progress in your career

    Cons

    educate middle management on employee management and balance compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth - promotions based on performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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