Cogent Communications

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A mid-sized company, that is nimble to changing to market needs.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at Cogent Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The company is large enough for stability, but small enough that employees at any level can affect change. The company is technology focused. I always had a sense of excitement of the network we built and supported and at the point in my career I worked for Cogent, it was my dream job.

Cons

Focus on the bottom dollar can sometimes result in losing sight of the human element of employees. At times, employees can be spread at a bit thin.

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Churn and burn sales team model

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    Former Employee - RAM I in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - RAM I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Cogent Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    better than being on employment
    bridge job you essentially have 9 months to find a long term job
    2 free trips to DC for sales training and also sales kickoff

    Cons

    Completely out of touch with the Silicon Valley Culture
    Classic churn and burn sales job - with the excpetion of one person the entire sales team turned over in 9 months that I worked there
    Base and OTE is way too low for a tech sales position in the Silicon Valley
    sales office was a converted auto repair shop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unorthodox business model creates a bad reputation with your competitors and adding that to the bad reputation your organization has as a place to be employed (advise everyone in sales to stay away from Cogent) may one day come back to bite you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    NOT for Experienced Sales Professionals

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    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Culver City, CA

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Good first sales job for someone out of college
    * Free Soda
    * 6 months to ramp up
    * Two free trips to D.C. for training
    * Annual Kick Off trip for sales team; to places like Las Vegas, Miami
    * 8:30 to 5:30 - no pressure to work longer hours

    Cons

    * Not for Experienced Sales Professionals - do not get fooled, if you have any type of sales skills pass on this job,
    * Micro Management City - it doesn't get worse than this.
    * Most managers are sub-par when it comes to closing skills and telecom knowledge.
    * The sales team is messing around on youtube 50% of the time
    * Most of the deals come in from inbound leads or telecom connections, hard work does not pay off as much as it should.
    * Stuck at a desk 40 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the base pay to start at 50k for major cities were cost of living cost more, this will allow you to hire better quality employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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