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Pasadena, CA
201 to 500 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Business Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Northrop Grumman, NEC (Japan), Safran
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Ming Hsieh
7 Ratings
  • "When a small/medium sized company meets a conglomerate"

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    Former Employee - Systems Solution Team Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Solution Team Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Cogent full-time (Less than a year)


    The people make this place a fun and exciting place to work. Being a part of a conglomerate means you have a lot of opportunities to do something different.


    There was so much time spent on managing the process, enforcing the process, and ensuring compliance to the rules that not much work is completed during normal business hours.

    There is too much focus on the numbers every quarter.

    Even though there are a lot of opportunities open, it's very difficult to transfer into a new role without having the old one still attached to you.

    Advice to Management

    As a division which is part of something vastly bigger, i understand it becomes a numbers game every quarter. However, the employees just need to be able to given an environment where they can work to their fullest potential without worrying about how t he numbers affect their jobs. To be honest, it should be managment's job to worrying about the numbers and come up with creative solutions to achieve them without passing this burden onto their employees; that's why they get the big bucks.

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    Salesperson Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cogent (New York, NY) in June 2010.


    It was a career fair. The hiring manager at Cogent attended. I was the first to interview with him. He reviewed my resume and asked me for examples of how I've succeeded, about the number of places where I've worked. He's referred me in to other places.

    Interview Questions

    • In another interview for a different job at a REIS company, the manager asked "What the downside would be to hire you."   1 Answer
    • If you ever had to lie to your boss or your husband, which would you choose? And don't say, "Neither."   1 Answer
    • Why have you worked at so many places?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    It's a hardware job and I was refining my focus to software sales, where I can make more money.

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Cogent Awards & Accolades

  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2008

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