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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Cognizant is not the best company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Join Cognizant only if you are joining in a very senior post (above Manager/Sr. manager).

    Cons

    Only revenue and short term oriented management. No job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the middle management (like APMs) who sucks, and replace them with more talented guys.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Pay, No Promotions, Time to Walkout!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only best reason is they offer Green Card Processing for employees working in the US, which other companies in the same category don't offer.

    Cons

    1. Very low compensation package.
    2. You never get recognized for the work you do.
    3. It is extremely tough to get promoted and get motivated to work in this organization.
    4. Initially you will be offered good pay to attract in to the organization; and from thereon the pay package and grade continues until boiling point is reached.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are the building blocks for this organization and if they are not duly recognized the company should be ready to see the downfall.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Prison"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    US Green Card processing. The only reason attrition rate is less in the US for Cognizant is because most employees are on an L1 VISA.

    Cons

    Inherent 'am the boss' attitude of managers. Absolutely no reception to innovation from junior employees. Very poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give a decent compensation for your employees and treat them with respect.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in India and want to get out of there, this place is good.

    Cons

    Everything else is terrible - people are recruited with no proper screening and quality of employees sucks. Almost everyone has a sense of entitlement, esp. people coming from no name enginnering colleges and getting placed because these companies hire indiscriminately. They cannot string together complete sentences in english without making grammatical mistakes. The only people with more than 10 yrs work ex that are left here are people who cannot make it elsewhere. this is one of the companies where people stop coding and move on to excel sheets as soon as they become a team lead. Pathetic - no talent at middle levels.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring indiscriminately - throw out people who are not doing well. don't pretend that you are an american company if you will not do lay offs.

    And raise the onsite salaries at U.S for L1 B holders - we are not slaves.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Average company with not so great pay !!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience in onsite offshore model.

    Cons

    Lowest pay in Industry as compared to companies at same level.

    Advice to Management

    Need to put a fairer system in place when it comes to employee recognition and performance review. Also need to look at ways to retain best talent.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "was told a great place to work, but found out otherwise"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unless you want to move from one place to another with company expenses, it would be a great company to work with.

    Cons

    too much of politics in higher management and will have a direct effect on the team working under them.

    Advice to Management

    please look after the employees, who work for you. Your attrition rate is going to go uncontrolable, if you stop listening to what they got to say.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stay away from Cognizant - its not the place to be!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are out of work, cant find anything else and need a job..

    Cons

    This is primarily a testing shop. Most companies see Cognizant as experienced testers regardless of your experience or background. The executives try to sell other services for Cognizant but are rarely successful due to the company's perception.
    Most employees in US are managers and above. Testers are frequently brought in from India

    Advice to Management

    Sell more quality work, not just testing services. Hire people who can help you sell quality work here in US

  8. Helpful (6)

    "mediocre company - Not for professional growth"

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    Former Employee - APM in Teaneck, NJ
    Former Employee - APM in Teaneck, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good paymasters compare with other Indian firms operate business in US

    Cons

    I consider this company as a stop gap , but never be the company for professional growth. You come across ruthless BDM's, some time morons who can not value to technical expertise of the consultants, but ready to lick the shoes of the clients. But feel there would be more professional way of dealing clients. One point we should mention about is that dirty politics and incompetent operations team who do not even take rational decisions on deployment of resources on assignments. There will be lot to mention but in nutshell its just not the right company for career.

    Advice to Management

    Choose the right people for right jobs


  9. Helpful (2)

    "good place for benniers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing to say.just few like lot of oniste opportunites, manager and above doesn't have any work just come and enjoy

    Cons

    worst peoplemanagement, lot of politics, junl appraisal process, only relatives and friends gets promotions others has to suffer, yous hould be very close to your manager like his dog

    Advice to Management

    change the appraisal process, top managment are not worth they should be trained or only eligible peple should be selectd.


  10. Helpful (26)

    "A perfect company to stay away from!"

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    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For young and inexperienced professionals it's a great chance to see the US. CTS got the low-value staff augmentation game nailed!

    Cons

    I am a non-Indian, US-based consulting executive with an Ivy League advanced degree and over 17 years of professional experience. CTS lured me with empty promises of consulting excellence from a Big-4 competitor over 3 years ago.
    There is no way to be promoted unless you are a yes-man on the leash tied to an account manager. I am currently on a layoff list because I refuse to relocated on a whim of inexperienced, short-sighted and self-serving account managers and insist on travelling to client engagements. CTS will not pay expenses for employee travel and will not bill clients for expenses since expense amounts impact their PERCEIVED profitability!
    This is a joke of a company. If you are an experienced professional - stay away from CTS!!!

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to advice of those in your company who have been around the block a few times and know how to build and run a successful consultancy... or stop pretending that you are one!


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