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Updated January 30, 2017
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  1. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    great if based in India not if your a local hire

    Cons

    Communicate that the heart is US but in reality they are Indian. Win work at any cost and focused on margin. Management have no idea and most have been over promoted.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Has become a low cost, low quality body shop and very little else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    There are very few Pros to working for Cognizant beyond the fact that the salary gets paid on time every month.

    If you want to progress in your career do not join this company. They literally could not care less about the careers, health and welfare of their staff. Senior managers treat more junior staff like serfs, to be shipped on to the next client site with no interest in their own ambitions or goals.

    Cons

    The list of cons is very large
    -The organisation has absolutely no interest in staff career progression. It is solely about whether you are billing or not
    -Line management is non existent. I have had more career chats and coaching from my client in the last 18 months
    -Staff have no influence on where their next assignment is. I was pressurized at one point to take a role as a BA having just lead the tech work stream for a multi million £ banking regulatory programme
    -Not a meritocracy. Promotion is based on time served and whether you are in favour offshore or not
    -It is one of the least diverse organisations I have ever worked for, senior women and other minorities are not visible at all. Most mid to high level management jobs taken by middle aged Indian men
    -Account management when on site is terrible. Account managers generate invoices, literally nothing else
    -Back office systems are chaotic with huge amounts of data duplication and constant demands for the same information
    -Tidal waves of utterly inane emails from support functions that have no relevance at all to front line staff
    -Benefits are terrible with only (not great) pension and death in service worth having. There is no leave purchase scheme at all.

    Advice to Management

    -realise that your staff have ambitions and goals and that they will leave if you don't help people acheive them
    -You need to understand the cultural differences between India and other geographies
    -Get a grip on internal processes and systems
    -Invest in some decent quality account managers
    -Improve the diversity of the organisations
    -Make the organisation more meriocratic


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A body shop for low-grade consulting engagements"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was absolutely nothing positive about the company. Staff turnover was like the revolving door at a large department store. Many good people whom I spoke to felt unappreciated and underpaid and therefore left shortly after they had joined the company. This is not the sort of employer whom one could develop a strong career with or obtain job satisfaction from.

    Cons

    Hugely bureaucratic and inflexible culture riddled with internal politics and in-fights between teams and departments. Strong performance isn't recognised or rewarded and employees are taken good care of on an overall level. Culture of the workforce may be diverse in certain locations but glass ceiling was so blatant that management wasn't bothered the slightest to hide it. Although it has a large global presence, it is still run very much as an Indian company that focuses more on delivering low-cost service than good quality. Massively asymmetrical remuneration structure in the workforce where meritocracy was underrated and entrepreneurialism was virtually non-existent. The company was nothing but an enlarged body shop for cheap and low-grade consulting service based on traditional system integrator capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    You need to realise the fact that people are at the centre of your business. In order to attract and retain talent, you must fundamentally change the company culture and the way in which the company is governed and managed. From what I saw, your company has made every single classic key managerial and operational errors in business school case studies.


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  5. "zero stars. Worst company to work for. Bunch of UNPROFeSSIONALs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - AB Initio Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - AB Initio Developer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I will never work for them. No achievement prospects unfortunately I am very dissatisfied with the company and ppl who work there.

    Cons

    Unprofessional only care about quantity or quality.
    Please think very carefully for working for them all you will get is this is our way or highway.

    Advice to Management

    In Rome do as Roma's do NOT INDIA


  6. "Worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Everything depends on your luck in case of fresher.

    Cons

    Worst work culture.. Don't join as a fresher

    Advice to Management

    Please don't play with fresher


  7. "my feedback of CTS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience across the different verticals, training, etc. Ive been with the company for over 5 years and it has lost everything i found was amazing. Its just another organization to me.

    Cons

    very ego'ish, mainly run from offshore.. so cultural challenge. The managers i came across especially from offshore use the "bully by management" technique. Communication is very poor from top to bottom. Its intensely political and i feel you have to work harder at the politics to be noticed and appreciated vs the quality of work you perform.

    Advice to Management

    the senior management team really need to appreciate their 2nd levels and communicate and minimise the political play - because you will lose good people.


  8. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roche, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roche, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the place.socially active where a lot of people come together and talk about a lot of things yes it is good

    Cons

    Luckily there Are not a lot of down sides excepts there are more men than there are ladies be real

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work I love you guys I never want to stop working here ever in my entire life yess


  9. Helpful (3)

    "One of the worst experiences of my working career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is very hard to write up, but the only pro I can think of was to leave the company as soon as possible.

    Cons

    Extremely arrogant management. Pay is poor whilst the company profits from the slave labour rates given. No scope for career progression. Poor exit interviews where your supposed line manager turns up for the first time. Poor work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    You need to work on making the business a success. Not profitability. Also you need to send senior and middle management for more training ad the level of their knowledge is, to be polite, pathetic


  10. "Graduate Selection Process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly and well organised selection day. Great to chat to senior management and consultants

    Cons

    No feedback following selection day which happened in January (and other candidates also attending that day have not heard either).

    Advice to Management

    Update grad SD candidates with their results post SD (good or bad)


  11. "not as good as it should be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    no rules. flexible to client requirements. can do attitude. fast growth

    Cons

    no rules. no HR worthy of name. bell curve rating. fast growth leaving backoffice functions lacking. indian bias no strategy. no communications. you are on your own. face fit culture. uk expense policy shocking no delivery capability - support organisation. 24/7 365 indian culture

    Advice to Management

    communicate downwards. give leadership



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