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Cognex Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very dynamic company
    -Strong culture
    -Lean and efficient

    Cons

    Feels like sometime the company moves too fast without full vetted the strategy


  2. "The company has changed over the last 8 years for the better and future growth looks very good."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent company, the people are dedicated to doing good work and there are monthly corporate social events. Small group outings are paid for and encouraged to go 4 or more times a year. Most of the new hires are 25 years old and tech savy.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to progress on a clear career path and many wind up in a rut.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are good people and sometimes it seems like management discounts the communication because the company is doing so well.


  3. "Their motto is "Work hard, play hard...minus the play hard""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well - $135-250K depending on bonuses. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment. Most of the company is quite arrogant.


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  5. "Professional environment, good food, nice people."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA
    Former Contractor - CMS Web Administrator in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cognex as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Though this was only a short contract the environment was professional and the people were friendly.
    The cafeteria food was also pretty good.

    Cons

    For some reason my hiring manager was bothered by the Christian web site I had on my resume.

    Advice to Management

    Don't discriminate against Christians.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Fine until I find something better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is lots to be done and you can own as many things as you want if you ask for them.

    Cons

    Culture is stifling, people are so over-loaded that no real work with meaningful progress can get done, work life balance is a joke.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cutthroat corporate culture with arrogant middle management."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is very cool. The algorithms developed by Cognex are world class. Some very smart engineering talent works in Natick. Also, the sales force is extremely motivated, so it is a great place to learn how to effectively sell a technology product.

    Company is global, so there are many opportunities to work/travel internationally.

    Cons

    The Cognex culture in Natick is far more corporate (back-stabbing) than you are initially led to believe. The turnover rate, especially in the sales force, is higher than at any other company I've worked for in the past 5 years. In two years, I have seen over 5 people in HR come and go, including an HR Director.

    The game room, the cultural events, etc. are all tools used to help people forget how underpaid they are relative to the market.

    Also, the cost of living in MA is such that the below-average pay makes it very difficult to work at Cognex and maintain a comfortable quality of life.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you need to compensate your developing talent, or else they will take their skills elsewhere. People who have the ability to gain employment elsewhere will eventually leave if they don't feel respected by management. You can gain more through positive motivation rather than threatening people's jobs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you don't stay too long-was better 5 years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, fun co-workers, casual environment. Promotes a "work hard, play hard" corporate culture. Tends to have low employee turnover.

    Cons

    Employee contribute health care plans, management doesn't believe in pay raises, the longer you work here the less they value you, not a lot of development/promotion options. Once you top out start looking.

    Advice to Management

    Most of us work for money not only for fun. Share some of that cash you have with your employees. Management could communicate more with the rank and file. Stop trying to do everything with minimal headcount.


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Market leader in field so get lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Less administrative organizations needs many manual work


  10. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working environment and solid team

    Cons

    no cons at this moment


  11. "Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good welfare and benefits for the employees.

    Cons

    No work and life balance lifestyle due to numerous night conference calls every week.

    Advice to Management

    Treasure your employees contribution to the company.



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