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Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
1999
Company - Public (CCOI)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Level 3 Communications, Verizon, XO Communications
Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five Internet backbone networks in the world. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport and colocation ... Read more

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Chicago, IL
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cogent Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Work starts at 8:30am
    - Convenient location; right in the loop next to the bridge
    - Quota doesn't go up an extra thousand each month

    Cons

    - None of the departments communicate with each other. I left this job because my manager hindered me from pursuing any of the businesses I was trying to sell to. It's sales. When you prohibit your sales team to sell to several businesses, most of which make more money than all of us in that office combined, who are you really selling to? It's ironic because during training in the first month, we have orientation twice and each time we are told to sell to every single business there is possible. Start up companies were included in this list. My boss thought I was an idiot for trying to sell to start ups and then told me to find something I was "passionate" about and try selling there. I found lawyers and doctors to try selling to, and then he said "try again, those people won't budge worth your time". Then I tried contractors and architects, he still said no. When I finally quit, I told the training manager why, and I told her it was because everything I learned from her during training was thrown out the window when I was in the office and it made no sense why. She finally admitted that "it's been an ongoing problem that our two departments don't communicate well with each other. Thank you for giving me your honest opinion and good luck."

    Advice to Management

    Throw out the whole "do as I say not as I do" philosophy and learn to communicate across departments throughout your company. Learn to be consistent with what we're being taught instead of what you think "feels right" about a certain company we prospect.

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Cogent Communications Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Cogent Communications in January 2017.

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    2. Go in for in person interview
    3. Either come in for a 2nd interview, offered a position, or politely told you are not a fit for the company.

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Company Updates

  • Cogent rings the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell in honor of its 10th Anniversary of being listed on NASDAQ

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Cogent Communications Awards & Accolades

  • Best in Class Data Value, Atlantic ACM, 2012
  • Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD (Challenge Tier), Vertical Systems Group, 2012

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