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Cognex Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Growing company, great culture, great people" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Work hard, play hard is the mantra" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Cognex"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, intelligent individuals who care about their success and yours. Big company with the small company feel.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, somethings can be delayed. However, it is mostly external.


  2. "Good company with interesting tech and unique culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The vision automation industry is an exciting and expanding industry. Cognex is going to have continued success in this area. Also the workplace culture is unlike any other which includes workday outings and company "holidays".

    Cons

    Departments often understaffed causing work backlog.

  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Culture Encourage environment
    High tech development

    Cons

    At least None until this point

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, decent pay/benefits. Friendly people. Play hard environment.

    Cons

    No work life balance. No training whatsoever.


  5. "Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Pay for performance

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a struggle


  6. "software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company culture and work enviroment

    Cons

    there is no cons at this point


  7. "pm intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing work amazing people

    Cons

    none none none none none

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cognex is chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New cafeteria , a lot of extra activities.

    Cons

    Source control and build systems are chaotic causing undue stress. For my position, developers mostly work in silos. Teamwork is not in the companies list of core qualities, Management does not follow through on tasks they are assigned to. Example of this is a situation where a contractor was there for over 5 weeks and when I left still did not have access to the source system. This after repeated requests asking management to fix it.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Employees and coworkers are great, company culture outside of finance department is great.

    Cons

    Poor management. If you come to work in finance - be ware. The management is not involved with the day to day and only care about the big picture. If a problem escalates, they look to the employee to blame. This is not a place or environment you want to come to work long term. The department has lost 5 employees in a span of 3 months because they can no longer take the treatment from management. There have been so many complaints to the HR department and nothing changes - so I do not see this getting any better in the near future. Would not recommend coming to finance.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be completely gutted in finance or the attitudes towards employees need to change. The main component of management they are missing is building and guiding employees in the right direction. Management is constantly blaming lower levels for mistakes, rather than making them a learning experience - AKA what good management does. The way management acts is embarrassing on a corporate scale and is a direct reflection of how it feels to work within the department and that can be defined as a miserable place to work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Speed is all that matters"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tigard, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cognex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great people, kind and welcoming.

    Cons

    Manager is a reptile with no talent for management and no background in psychology or business. He is "very protective of their corporate culture" and makes the hiring decisions, and surprise, the office is 99% white dudes! Once heard them brag about having fired someone who worked on the Hubble Space telescope because they were "too slow." Prepare to be micromanaged by an online schedule that you can't alter and gaslit throughout your employment. Was encouraged to come in and work unpaid hours in order to keep up with an aggressive schedule. This was an internship-level position, and no real training occurred. Company culture is cutthroat-- watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Train site managers in sensitivity and motivation, improve the diversity of the office, take a hard look at where the company's priorities are. I could never recommend this place to a friend.


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