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Cognex Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Growing company, great culture, great people" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Culture, benefits, people, play hard" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "no career path with in the organization" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Leading company in machine vision and a fun place to work"

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

    I worked at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Quality company with innovative products, market leader in machine vision technology. Likely company and the intellectual property will keep increasing in importance as AI vision starts to become prevalent.

    Cons

    Poor recycling program and break areas could have more than just coffee. Conference rooms could have better technology & features for more streamlined meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Work a little more on personnel development, training and providing advancement opportunities for staff. Business unit cross collaboration could be improved to find more overall company efficiency.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work in computer vision. Successful company. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Company missed opportunities to promote from within for top positions.

  3. "Great Company - Best in Industry"

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

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

    Pros

    Best products in machine vision; growing company

    Cons

    Constant stretch to hit monthly quotas and satisfy shareholder expectations.


  4. "It was a fun, active work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Lots of employee outtings and activities.

    Cons

    Compensation is pretty low, especially as a contractor.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Market Leader in Vision but Watch Out."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great company culture with huge celebration for Halloween
    -Decent benefits with decent compensation
    -Everybody knows Cognex in the industry- Products sell themselves

    Cons

    -Be prepared to work and get things done fast. This company moves faster than anyone else.
    - Lots of travel in Marketing- can become a burden if you are not use to it.
    -They have a habit of letting people go for whatever reason they conceive- always watch your back.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Information Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Once upon a time, the culture was great! In the last few years they have hired a number of managers that have not continued and built upon that culture, so morale has gone down considerably and they are now having difficulty keeping IT personnel. They have great potential to turn things around and make them great again. There are a ton of very smart, motivated individuals that work there.

    Cons

    As spelled out above, the culture has taken a significant downturn.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Just get out of the way and let the culture you once had return.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr manager IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognex full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, great culture, great people.

    Cons

    A bit too fast paced, small company mentality is waning.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people who work hard for you!

  8. "Marketing specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Good events
    Nice out of office culture

    Cons

    Not really organized
    Not define working plan
    Not really good paid
    Not clear career path
    There is not much room for independent management


  9. "inside sales"

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    Current Employee - ISE Inside Sales Engineer in China, NY
    Current Employee - ISE Inside Sales Engineer in China, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    good welfare & a smart company with advanced tech

    Cons

    stressful on sales target, tough


  10. "Sales engineer"

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    Current Employee - Sensor Sales Engineer in Meridian, MI
    Current Employee - Sensor Sales Engineer in Meridian, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products. Excellent support, strong band recognition which makes getting appointments easy. Always pushing the sales team for new business.

    Cons

    Fluid management. software is buggy at times. Trouble shooting at customer site. Sharing commission with other engineers isn't black and white

    Advice to Management

    None


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