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Cognos Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  1. "Great environment when it was Cognos, an Ottawa based company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a positive environment/culture. Very smart people with great ideas that were heard. People were committed to provide tools for sales & services to make and keep the customer happy. The training and services team always helped each other- sharing knowledge, best practices, tips & tricks at any hour of the day. Ron Zambonini was the most passionate and engaging CEO.

    Cons

    A bubble burst when Ron stepped down as CEO in '04.
    I think the prod dev had a big miss with the web dev of analysis studio, very weak against PowerPlay.
    Was a boys club and not everyone was allowed in.

    Advice to Management

    They hired or promoted many people to managers, who didn't have mgmt experience, the right skill set, or the right fit to our culture, which led to people moving to other dept. or leaving the company.


  2. "Cognos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training available to advance knowledge and career. Flexible hours and schedule. Lots of good people work there. Friendly Hr Group.

    Cons

    Distant management. Constant re-orgs. Stress. Lack of communications between different groups. Some mangers setup kingdoms. Some line managers are out of their league.

    Advice to Management

    More communications between groups.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Neutral"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I like BI, and have fun at what I do. I have worked for lots of other companies in the past including Oracle, SAP , Peoplesoft., and Business Objects.

    Cons

    It is disorganized, and stuff is duplicated. I am not going to bash the company or say it is great, it is just ok and what you make out of it. Some people are happy and others are miserbable i would say that i am in the middle of that.

    Advice to Management

    Not crazy about them. They sold the company to IBM. I dont know why they had to sell the company, I think that we will eventually get lost in the shuffle or mired under the unbrella like lotus notes.


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  5. "Technical Sales specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cognos full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance, great technology on the Cognos Business Analytics product set

    Cons

    IBM is not fast enough at innovating and making modernization releases to keep up with the Tableau's Qlik's of the world/

    Advice to Management

    invest in the platform


  6. "Best people, best job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    talented and smart colleagues, great product

    Cons

    sold business to IBM ,..


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Cognos: A "star perfomer" culture where you can be highly rewarded, but watch your back."

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    Former Employee - Director Level Sales Position
    Former Employee - Director Level Sales Position
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay scale was excellent, meaning the base compensation and bonus opportunity was at the high end for my seniority level and job grade. There was a high level of professional independence and people were treated like adults in terms of their schedule and time management. This means that senior level sales and services managers were allowed to make their own schedules and decide how much time to spend on the road with clients or in the office. Cognos is flexible about spending time in one's home office, versus the company office (obviously, you are expected to be available and responsive via phone and email). Results are all that matter. Cognos is also very good about making goals clear and reporting results rapidly. Performance bonuses for sales and services managers with revenue quotas are based on monthly data and are paid monthly. Reports that allow one to accurately track one's own performance and measure it against others are made available. Monthly financial review meetings are held to review departmental performance against goals. The quality of the information about financial results is very good.

    Cons

    While everything in my "best reasons" answer is true, there is a downside to the short term-focused, pure numbers culture. People know that they are only as good as their last quarter's numbers. Everyone is out for themselves including the senior managers. It's a bit like major league baseball, without the teamwork. If your numbers are not going to help your manager "win", if you are the weakest link, you are not going to last long. Cognos, in my experience, does not foster mentoring relationships or loyalty between managers and their team. The culture encourages employees to avoid blame by blaming issues on someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Take the longer view and emphasize long term client relationships and client success in the goals and compensation plans, in addition to short term revenue. Take a more positive and team-oriented attitude toward issue resolution. Give managers incentives to help everyone on the team be successful, rather than simply incentives to eliminate people who are perceived as underperforming as quickly as possible.


  8. "Application Developer and Package Solution Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant OpenPages/BI Applications Developer in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Package Solution Consultant OpenPages/BI Applications Developer in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Its good to work with the technology , building reports and dashboard creating models is a lot of fun

    Cons

    It sometimes becomes a bit boring


  9. "Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Workplace is nice to work in

    Cons

    Cold ethics environment in the office


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Trainer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Trainer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company genuinely cares for it's employees and provides an exciting place to work and develop your skills. The product sets are great and are rated in the magic quadrants of all the analysts reports.

    Cons

    Now part of IBM so that makes it part of a very large company that is fairly inflexible and not as nice place to work.


  11. "Great employer!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - excellent colleagues, world class products which are market leading in many areas. Great development opportunities if you are up for it and interesting clients and projects.

    Cons

    - long working hours as one would expect. Great reliance on on-the-job training without any real room or opportunity to attend courses since expected to invoice. As working with any software vendor, focus on just one toolset but this is not significant to just Cognos



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