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Pros
  • Decent base salary and very high commissions (in 10 reviews)

  • Free soda and coffee to fatten you up for the slaughter on a monthly basis (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low investment in employees leads to extremely high turnover (in 11 reviews)

  • Micro managed call center environment (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Bankruptcy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Real Estate & Construction in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Director Real Estate & Construction in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cogent Communications (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bankruptcy. Learned all lot about having exit plans.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy Chapter 11. M&A due diligence lacking

    Advice to Management

    Never take your eye off the company


  2. "National Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a great environment. Managers are very helpfull. Teams are great to work with and we help each other sell when needed

    Cons

    There are really no Cons. The work environment is great


  3. "cool place"

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager I in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager I in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company definitely invest in its employees, which is about 75% sales force.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any.


  4. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very simple product, great environment to be successful if you're willing to put in the work.

    Cons

    This is not an easy job and not for the faint of heart. Those that are willing to work are handsomely rewarded.


  5. "Regional Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cogent Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay and great entry level position. Even if you're bad you have job security for the first 6 months to a year.

    Cons

    The only really Con would be that it is a hard job. If you're not willing to come in and work hard you will not succeed at Cogent.


  6. "Things have changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thing have changed under the new leadership of Ernie Ortega and in the West, Brad Boddicker.

    Cons

    Changing organization with growing pains


  7. "Cogent Communications"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very great job if you dedicated to sales and hard working. It is a great opportunity out of college and you can make a lot of money.

    Cons

    If you are not hard working and looking for an easy job.. this is not for you. Also be prepared to know you will be cold calling every day.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is pretty solid they run a very good opperation.


  8. "Pleasantly Surprised"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training program, seasoned team leading the operation.

    A clear shift with the companies ethics, middle and upper management is really going the distance to improve daily operations. New breed of "Sales" managers is really the work horse at Cogent.

    This is a sales environment; the term "work hard, play hard" is what you live by. The perks and compensation are great, and professionalism is encouraged.

    Cons

    Still phasing out the "out boys" sales network, just a matter of time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with good opportunities to cash in."

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good commission structure and competitive, yet fun, environment to work in.

    Cons

    Felt at times as if I was fighting for sales internally as opposed to against the competition based upon the structure. For example, one could have completed the sale for ABC Company, but lose the commission if someone else was already working this company under a different DBA or rendition of said company name [A.B.C. Co.] within the CRM database.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work with awesome compensation if you are motivated, not for the lazy."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogent Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Thorough training and upward mobility. Cogent Communications really invests a lot of time and money into the representatives training and development. The role turned out to be exactly what was described/promised so no surprises which is a nice change compared to some other firms in the area. Contests, spiffs and awards are top notch.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, not for slackers or those who want to blame their failures on everything and everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on high energy recruits who understand what it takes to be successful in sales and skip the whiners.


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