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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Tons of opportunity at an early stage"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognolink full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun company with great culture, management really works to maintain a collaborative and social environment
    - Lots of opportunities given at early stages of career with a ton of potential to grow
    - I got breakfast the CEO my first week starting here, unbelievable access to the management team! Super impressive and accessible.

    Cons

    - You have a lot of responsibility and a ton of tasks so it can feel slightly overwhelming
    - The fast-paced/target driven environment is not for everyone, it can get stressful

    Advice to Management

    Get the roofdeck ready and continue hiring!


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Made the right decision"

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    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognolink full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    results and efforts are recognized and rewarded, 0 politics

    Cons

    month to month targets can feel like a burden, dominated by recent college graduates

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognolink full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of responsibility from an early stage: within 3 months at the company you have direct client interactions and are tasked with building a book of business.
    -Great colleagues: young, motivated, energetic.
    -Good working environment: we are given a very high level of autonomy considering how early we are in our careers. I can't imagine another place where entry level employees receive so much freedom to accomplish their tasks.
    -Very fast progression: if you delivery on your work and are mature and professional, management takes notice.
    -Management: I have no idea who is writing the reviews below saying Management sucks??? The CEO, COO and Head of Americas are all super impressive and, more to the point, straightforward with the Research floor.

    Cons

    -The work itself can get repetitive pretty quickly. I'm sure that's why Management is working to promote this as a 2-year analyst program to jump start your career - they know there is a shelf-life.
    -Target-driven: it's a business that has growth targets, so you will have monthly targets. This doesn't bother me, but I can see how it's not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating!


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Strong company culture where hard work is rewarded"

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    Former Employee - Research
    Former Employee - Research
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cognolink full-time

    Pros

    The company gives opportunities to those that work for it and go the extra mile. Expect to work hard. If you want a 9 to 5 job, go elsewhere. You will be part of a dynamic and encouraging environment. Flat structure and management listens to ideas of anyone in the firm. Many social activities are organized and the company makes an effort to provide continuous learning opportunities. Cognolink is a company that takes its values and culture seriously and cares about its employees. The founders are inspiring. Many colleagues have become friends for life.

    As a researcher, you can learn a lot about industries, companies, the investment world and its processes, global trends, networking and communication if you are open to this and make the effort. These are transferrable skills for many types of jobs.

    Cons

    The downside of its growth is that the company risks becoming less flexible, more bureaucratic, more focused on the individual rather than the team and this way, losing its unique atmosphere of the early years.

    Advice to Management

    To preserve the unique Cognolink team spirit, focus on an aligned internal communication to ensure all employees, all teams and all offices feel as equal members of the Cognoteam.

    The competitiveness and research targets are part of the Cognolink culture. Remain transparent on how these are set so that the ever increasing targets don't start to discourage.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Great 1st job with a lot of exposure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cognolink full-time

    Pros

    Progression is based on merit, you learn new skills after every promotion, and the work environment is very fun. You also get to talk to and sometimes meet with hedge fund and PE investors and pick their brain on what information they need to make a sound investment and how they pick stocks or deals. Most office social events are planned and executed by analysts and associates, so naturally every social event aims to be better than the last. Oftentimes there are colleagues from other offices visiting NYC and vice-versa. You also get to know a large part of the international team through working with them on a regular basis. The work is very competitive and fast paced which makes it fun. The company has an entrepreneurial feel and the senior management team is accessible and helpful. I've always been able to get some of their time when I've needed any type of guidance.

    Cons

    If you get stuck in your progression the work can get repetitive
    For many this is their first job out of college and for some of them the transition to professional life is harder than for others, especially when surrounded by other young graduates
    The work can get stressful as you always have to juggle a lot of things at the same time


  6. Helpful (18)

    "Run By Sociopaths"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cognolink full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Peers are friendly, funny, and for the most part hard-working
    Depending on the team and role, compensation and work-life balance can be great

    Cons

    Compensation and work-life balance can be bad if you are on a bad team, or worse, Spotlight.

    It is unbelievable how poorly managed this company is. Senior management abide by stale company policies last seen in the McCarthy era, and with an equal degree of paranoia. Expect constant surveillance and questioning of everything you do, as senior management does not trust anyone, probably because of how untrustworthy they themselves are. They prioritize control and power over actual growth and profitability of the company, and promotions reflect this. They worship financiers because they are not intelligent enough to succeed in finance themselves. The fact is, this is a company that preys on young people who don't know better, and deserve better. AVOID.

    Advice to Management

    None - The Board should seriously consider firing these incompetents.


  7. Helpful (25)

    "Recent Grads Beware"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst/Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst/Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for developing skills useful if you're looking to move into the sales or staffing field afterwards. Very nice new office space and fun company events. The majority of people here are great to work with. Get the chance to gain a general understanding of a lot of industries that exist out there.

    Cons

    It's extremely unethical that the company is not transparent about the Analyst/Associate roles, leading recent grads to be misled that they're taking a step towards developing skills useful in their next finance/research/consulting job. This is strictly a recruiting role. Beneficial if you're looking to move into B2B or B2C sales or staffing afterwards but can actually be a major setback if you're looking to transition into actual consulting, investing or finance.

    Almost 100% of your day (and night) is spent recruiting, coldcalling, negotiating the lowest hourly rates and scheduling people on LinkedIn and Monster to speak with investors. Work-life balance is poor as you'll find yourself also chasing leads when you're home at night.

    Calls you set up with clients count as points and you need a certain number of points each month to get promoted and not fired. You don't even get to listen in on the calls, you just schedule them. You have no control over the clients you receive and if they're not looking at deals, you're done.

    The rapid turnover at this company is unlike anything I've ever seen. Team Leaders playing favorites is almost a given.

    Advice to Management

    Change the name of the role from "Research Analyst/Associate" to "Recruiting Analyst/Associate". Be honest about the role and recruit grads that like the job for what it actually is. If the shelf life of the role is only made to be 1 or very rarely 2 years, be upfront about it in the job description and interviews.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cognolink full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Fun young environment

    Cons

    1. Target Driven
    2. Feels college luck
    3. Management is delusional at times
    4. Low pay in the industry


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Cognolink writes it's own HR Reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Young work environment. The 20 something crowd is always a plus to be around, but that's about it.

    Cons

    The job is not as advertised. Research Assistant positon is akin to glorified call center soliciting information. There are unrealistic goals and metrics to be met in the NYC office. The business itself centers on business intelligence stemming from industry expert consultation, this itself can be seen as a glorified networking. Your role is to develop these networks, usually through solicitation. Take that as you will. No comment on managementm

    Advice to Management

    Stop writing your own glassdoor reviews, this is the opposite of transparency, transparency is what is expected on this website. When there are a slew of well written 4 star reviews written a bit after a negative review that should be enough to raise suspicion. If it's too good to be true then it probably is.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good People"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Start-Up type feel, smart people who have interesting backgrounds

    Cons

    Performance Driven, could be bad fit for people who can't work under pressure