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Cognex Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "It sucks, management changes too fast and has no long term thinking."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture
    OK pay
    Good place for engineers
    New CEO
    Frisbee at lunch

    Cons

    Poorly defined role for product marketing managers
    Senior leadership is very short-term focused
    Do not treat employees with respect
    Niche area, you will be stuck in this industry
    Poor bonus


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Finance and Accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognex full-time

    Pros

    Great perks outside of actual job.

    Cons

    Outdated processes make working here hard. Managers are arrogant, rude and most have worked at cognex for a very long time. Human resources is a joke, so if you have an actual problem, prepare to deal with it on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Update processes and embrace new ideas.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work Hard, Work Harder!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enticing culture which attempts to strike a healthy balance between Work Hard and Play Hard.

    Cons

    Play Hard cultural events are a nice feature, but not worth substandard pay levels, severely limited resources and unrealistic work performance expectations. HR function is a complete joke at this company (unprofessional and incompetent with no independent thinking or influence).

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the contribution of rank and file employees is substantially greater than occasional cultural events.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Full Time"

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

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

    Pros

    Some really good people. Especially in Finance. CEO very smart, approachable and keeps the company going.

    Cons

    Chairman is eccentric to say the least, and makes inappropriate comments about/to females. The HR department is the worst and getting worse everyday.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "SE"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Asia, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Asia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing really but if you are a politician, you will have an easy working life there. If you dont have any passion, you can survive there!

    Cons

    Too much political and conservative, work all day long much, not like the US based. Weak HR. No one keeps a local labor law

    Advice to Management

    Plse be fair enough!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Customer service representative"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cork (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willing, ready and open to salary negotiations.
    Able to work a little in every segment.
    Parking, restroom, not shift work.

    Cons

    Was initially hired for one region.
    2 weeks later I was told to do 3 additional regions, without being told by my direct supervisor neither director who initially hired me.
    Hence, was covering 75% of the administrative back office of the entire EU alone, worked very long hours without any extra pay, once I left management hired 3 people to replace me.
    Location not ideal if don't have a car, total employees on site 55 at the most.
    As a result, after the 1st month I was ready to run away from it, absolute abusive and a real place of exploitation, to be avoided at all costs !!!

    Advice to Management

    What management !!!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Everyman for themself"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Healthcare, Pension, good products and development of products.

    Cons

    You'll be stabbed in the back by all you colleagues and managers. Everyone is looking after themselves, you are on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some and stop just being a yes man to your seniors.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If you need a job, you can get one here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Cognoid in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Cognoid in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers. Parties and socials. Halloween celebration. Listening to Doctor Bob pontificate, if only for the laughs of disbelief.

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement. Raises are tiny to non-existant. Bonuses are microscopic. Stock options are a nice perk but not lucrative unless you've been there for 15+ years. Employees are seen as interchangeable and easily replaceable spare parts. HR is a hopeless mess and defers to management without fail. Company considers parties, movie nights and other perks as part of employee "total compensation."

    Advice to Management

    As the economy improves, Cognoids are voting with their feet. You say you don't care, but there's been a revolving door in certain areas of the company recently. It will be hard to hang on to good people--even good engineers--unless you start paying better wages and giving cost-of-living raises as a start.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Looks can be deceiving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product could provide real benefit to most end users if used properly. Customization of product routinely presented new challenges. Reasonably nice office space and location.

    Cons

    Upper level management out of touch with employees. Draconian work environment. Older employees blocked any real change. Not invented here mentality prevented use of new technologies. Mid-level management took credit for subordinates ideas. Offered many perks but discouraged employees from actually taking advantage of them. Group of older employees played favorites. Dollars over people at all times. Inadequate sales process and management of customers resulted in massive losses due to incorrect orders and over specification.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change. Listen to the employees who deal with the issues on a first hand basis. Manage by consensus not by decree.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "The Microsoft of Machine Vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    financially strong company (wrt market cap and cash), compelling products with good Ease of Use (VisionPro, Insight, Checker, DataMan, SmartView), company culture (Work Hard Play Hard), strong IP position (PatMax)

    Cons

    not at all a high-tech company, simple products (SmartCams, ID Readers), obscene margins (product sales, service outsourced to ASPs), weird financial reports (mad CEO self presentations), internal communication (ignorance, arrogance, stupidity)

    Advice to Management

    improve internal communication, increase headcount to take market opportunities, use of a global ERP system, promote real excellence and innovation


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