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3M Cogent Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. "When a small/medium sized company meets a conglomerate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Solution Team Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Solution Team Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M Cogent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. "Run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M Cogent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work itself was quite interesting. If you like to travel, that can be a positive.

    Cons

    Most everything else. Management is terrible. Everyone is overworked due to lack of staffing. Low morale. Inequitable pay. The company only cares about employees located in the main/corporate office. High turnover resulting in new, inexperienced employees. The company isn't interested in retaining talent; in fact, they lay off valuable employees while holding on to, and even promoting, the dead weight. And now, 3M is selling off the business after finally realizing they were sold a bill of goods??

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, it's too late for advice.


  3. "It was wonderful and good learning ground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M Cogent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, office culture,leadership, Employee-HR relationship, Perks

    Cons

    Benefits, Personal growth has to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Need good benefits


  4. Helpful (2)

    "no real change in engineering after 3M buyout"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M Cogent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    everyone has no clear defined job duties, good for youngster to get trained to be all arounded. highly recommended for this respect

    Cons

    years (decade) of rapid development, no clear design process or documentation, no formal regression verification, and customer specific delivery mentality against unrealistic deadline finally caught up in recent years

    3M buyout almost 2 yrs, no real impact in engineering direction

    Advice to Management

    need a total face lift in legacy product, like a new 2nd generation product etc


  5. "satisfying, can be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good hours, good work balance

    Cons

    Too many management levels, very slow for action

    Advice to Management

    Keep in sync with your teams.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Enough, it's fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1 the coworkers are nice
    2 job content is fun,( at least to me)
    3 a lot of chineses , i don't even have to speak english ( maybe it is a con )

    Cons

    1 salary is OK, but not as good as google
    2 long working hour
    3 no other cons, baba aba ba asffafa

    Advice to Management

    My director is a very very nice person , but sometimes he is strict to me on my task, which is good for my career:)


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offered good benefits, interesting work, and the managers cared about the work/life balance. They also offered social activities for staff morale-building.

    Cons

    The opportunities to advance were somewhat limited, in part, I think, because turnover is so low...new positions don't open up that often.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing; the respect you show staff and the work/life balance that you support is commendable.


  8. "Software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M Cogent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very friendly work environment, challenging job. You can learn a lot of coding skills.

    Cons

    promotion is seldom. Salary is not very satisfied


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, nothing positive comes to mind!

    Cons

    Everything, no work life balance, horrible benefits, low employee moral, no annual bonuses unless you were one of the few that joined years ago, dated systems, no plans in investing in proper resources which would help the company save $ rather than lose money.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and resources to your non sales employees. Over the years you've lost some great talent b/c upper management, that is CEO sees his employees as replaceable.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice work experiance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M Cogent part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Full visa sponsorship (H1, Green card) available at no cost
     COGENT is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and E-Verify employer.

    Cons

    Location is not good especially for a computer based company

    Advice to Management

    Need more efficiency


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