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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated February 20, 2019
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Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza
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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Company to work and good learning

    Cons

    Bench Policy should be improved


  2. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Biz Development Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Biz Development Manager in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Work Culture at Cognizant

    Cons

    Not much in Cognizant that I am currently seeing

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Multiple domains, Competitive environment

    Cons

    Late promotions, Some Bias, Immigration policy needs to improve

    Advice to Management

    Give more open opportunities to employees.


  4. "Good company overall"

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial and flat structure - used to a client first, high growth engine

    Cons

    Losing its charm with new additions, processes and increasingly unfriendly processes


  5. "Senior Product Specialist - Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will get a good exposure to multiple technologies and platforms. There will be a good on-the-job learning.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance and it takes a longer time for a lateral entry employee to go up the ladder.


  6. "Your experience varies with project"

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    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I felt needed, respected, and well compensated in my best project.

    Cons

    I felt undervalued in my worst project.

    Advice to Management

    Survey the satisfaction of your employees based on project, then use successful projects as template to improve unsuccessful ones.


  7. "Lead Architect Technology"

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    Current Employee - Lead Architect Technology in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Lead Architect Technology in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work Culture, People working in Cognizant and Atmosphere and Helping Nature of People in Cognizant.

    Cons

    Salary Structure & Huge Hierarchy to Climb the Career Graph

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Large company with awkward internal org structure and operational management"

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    Former Employee - Director, Project - Engagement Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Project - Engagement Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Fortune 200 company with a presence in many major and smaller corporations. Ability to transfer across industry vertical practices could theoretically allow an associate to get broad career experience

    Culture of empowerment - when assigned to an account or a project, you have a lot of latitude to run it as you see fit. The possible problem is that almost nothing is done in a standard way, nor are there resources from which you can glean inspiration for executional options

    Cons

    Implementation of C2020 org model with a split of the account team into two separate pieces - delivery and sales - has been miserable on the ground, with the two 'sides' sometimes competing for credit

    Lots of new US-based hires in the last two years, creating a cultural dichotomy and two tier compensation structure within the firm

    If you're on the bench for more than 5 weeks, you are released from the firm.

    Most assignments do not allow for fly in/fly out, which means you're expected to relocate. Visa holders can be forced to do this at a moment's notice, but others, not so much

    Advice to Management

    1) Create an easy to use database that allows employees to find a) key sales and/or delivery leads from other accounts; b) key practice leads for horizontal technologies; c) sample well-written Statements of Work

    2) standardize promotion criteria across verticals and horizontals so that when you staff a "Senior Manager", as an example, the soft and tech skills don't vary so widely, making it easier to consistently deliver quality results

    3) build in some buffer in the rate structures to allow for a) some management non-billable overhead (not everyone can be billable, especially given the ever increasing internal operational demands), b) limited fly in/fly out for project team members; and c) team events to help associates maintain some aspects of work/life balance and team morale

    4) many key internal systems - ESA, Cforecast, Winzone - were horrendously designed. Reference data in the three systems not in synch creating the necessity of wacky offline mapping spreadsheets. User interfaces miserable - clearly designed by and implemented by resources who have never had to enter in an actual opportunity, forecast or monitor actuals

    Formalize a process to allow senior delivery and client service leads the ability to rotate to other accounts or verticals. You are stifling and/or losing good, experienced talent by trapping people on a single account for 10+ years and not letting them seek other opportunities from within the firm


  9. "Excellent company with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and grow.Lots of training available on demand.
    Efficient immigration team
    Focus on team spirit.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical organization with too many levels

    Advice to Management

    Flatten hierarchy.


  10. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No work pressure and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    No value for long timers.