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Cogo Labs Reviews

Updated May 28, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company for recent graduates"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Feels like a tech start up, but not unreasonable hours. Lots of effort put into keeping employees happy (perks), and generally great people. Mostly young - even in high ranking positions, so lots of room for growth. Also, plenty of interaction/familiarity with higher-ups, and generally people from all different roles within the company. Because of the small/start of environment, you experience a lot of different roles and can move around within the company to match your interests.

    Cons

    Spent 5 minutes thinking and...can't come up with anything concrete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing people and their right to a life outside of work! Thanks

    Cogo Labs Response

    Sep 5, 2017 – VP, Talent & Culture

    Thanks so much for the feedback. Recently there was an engineering talk where Geech described one of our goals as not just creating sustainable systems, but sustainable work habits. I think that's... More


  2. "Smartest group of people I've ever worked with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time

    Pros

    Cogo places a tremendous amount of effort into recruiting intelligent, driven, and friendly young professionals. I cannot say I have ever worked in a better culture with more analytical people than I have at Cogo. Would very much recommend friends to apply here if they are passionate about working with big data.

    Cons

    I cannot name a single one

  3. "Lonely place to work, business model not made clear"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time

    Pros

    The perks are excellent. The pay is standard. The people are genuinely smart and talented.

    Cons

    I feel isolated and lonely at work every day. I'm not in any social groups and I've been unable to make friends at the company despite several genuine attempts. I've never experienced this at any other company; I'm a pretty friendly person who's never had a problem with this before.

    Next, I feel that whenever I offer criticism to the company (I do my very best to keep it constructive), I get immediately and aggressively shut down. It's good that the people at Cogo fiercely defend each other, however it feels as though I'm not allowed to even think of raising any issues I may find. This encompasses both technical and non-technical issues.

    Finally, as others have stated, Cogo Labs is completely focused on email marketing and nothing else. I was brought in under the assumption that the company specialized in creating companies and I would have resources available, including mentors, in things like business and engineering.

    This is not the case. The vast, vast majority of people (+95% if I had to ballpark) at the company work on email marketing or tools related to furthering the success of our email marketing. I spend most of my time working on vertical products and it's extremely discouraging that I only have ever been recognized for the improvements I made to email. If I were to leave the company today, development on my products would cease, and nobody would care or notice.

    To that end, I feel lied to about the incubators' purpose and function. Cogo Labs is not an incubator; it is an email marketing company. There is nothing on our website that suggests this and now, after learning how the company actually operates, I feel deceived. I would not have taken the job had I known this. I'd love it if it was actually an incubator; I'm a very entrepreneurial person who loves making things, but I've received zero support and nobody cares about what I do. I can't help but wonder if this is why turnover is so high.

    The level of concern for products in incubation is the number one thing that management should change. Nobody on my board could name a single thing that I've done in the past year except for the occasional email improvement. There is so much potential there because the people at Cogo genuinely are really smart, competitive, motivated people, and I think that we could do great things if we were given the chance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave people out in the cold. Not everybody at Cogo is as easily approachable as you think they are.

    Be more open to criticism of your process.

    Don't advertise your company as an incubator. It is an email marketing company unless you change your business focus.

    Cogo Labs Response

    May 10, 2018 – Senior HR Business Partner

    Thank you for calling this to our attention. We genuinely care about everyone that works here and I'm personally saddened to hear about your experience thus far at Cogo. We try hard to make sure... More


  4. "Great place to learn and grow with excellent people"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You'll work with a very high proportion of smart and driven people, and the company is small enough that you can get to know everyone withing 6 months if you try.
    - Work life balance is as good as you can hope for from a place that is trying to create new companies (which is hard, and takes a lot of work from everyone involved).
    - The CEO, chairman, and board are extremely knowledgeable about starting businesses. If you have a real interest in this, you should try to get to know them (which is very possible based on how flat the org is).
    - While my circumstances aligned nicely for this, I was able to start managing within two years of being hired- very atypical for most early career jobs.
    - It's a fun place, which is great if you care about more than putting in your 9-5 and going home.
    - New employee/ manager training has been more of a priority.

    Cons

    Manager training for mid-level people could still use work, though this is a difficult problem due to the small company size.
    Besides that I have no serious cons for Cogo that you wouldn't find at most other small tech companies. My main reason for leaving involved changing industries from the internet/tech sector for new career goals, so I had almost no Cogo-specific problems when I left.

    Many of the complaints about Cogo from older reviews have been worked on extensively in the during the "growing pains" phase of the company. It's very different to run a 100 person company than it is to run a 40-50 person company, and Cogo jumped that size gap in under a year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind how to balance hiring mostly new college grads vs. time lost to repeat work/ knowledge rediscovery.


  5. "New grads and analytical thinkers"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Data Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Data Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    strong ties to startup and tech culture, meaning you get to take ownership of cool projects and learn from your peers, but with a more reasonable work/life balance and stability in place from the years of experience across teams. there's a large emphasis on analysts making decisions, setting goals, and building the necessary tools, so you don't have to be a computer science whiz to make it here. a lot of recent graduates and the company emphasizes building career paths for young entrepreneurs. it's really cool how transparent the culture is, and there are a lot of opportunities to interface with the executive staff. the on boarding process is becoming a lot more straightforward with cogoversity trainings, and you can generally find folks to help you if you're ever stuck.

    Cons

    diversity, but that seems to be an issue across tech (there are monthly women's dinners but wish there were also resources for LGBTQ and POC communities)


  6. "Launch your career at Cogo"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible learning opportunity: learn to program, learn digital advertising
    - Grow and launch your career into technology quickly
    - No technical background needed
    - Manage others early on; lots of responsibility

    Cons

    - Duplication of work across teams
    - Should focus more on product development instead of marketing
    - Large equity stakes in companies launched from incubator


  7. "Putting in a good word"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    More than anything else, a defining factor of Cogo so far has been the quality of people. Cogo makes a point of hiring decent people (in addition to competent ones) and everyone is therefore fun, supportive, and friendly.
    Employees are treated quite well and the work is interesting and dynamic.

    Cons

    Onboarding is something Cogo is continuing to work on and when I went through it, it was a bit overwhelming at times and lacking direction at others.
    Cogo could also be a bit more upfront about their business model which is more advertising focused than is initially apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, keep up the good work!

  8. "Learn from great people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Results driven atmosphere. Very transparent - company wide meetings are once a month. Everyone is hungry to learn/share/improve/help others. Lots of great tools and data to harness. Regular exposure to, and interaction with, senior management. They've created a culture that accepts trial and error as a means to achieve larger, longer term goals. Cogo Fun is frequent. Within a year at Cogo, you could be managing a team and a PnL.

    Cons

    There is an assumption that you know how do execute certain tasks unless you raise your hand and ask. No one here will patronize you, but you could be left behind unless you inquire. Don't be shy, your colleagues will help.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize on-boarding. Keep up the transparency and highlighting the big picture. This is a great place for early career professions to not only hone their technical/analytic skills, but also develop as leaders.

    Cogo Labs Response

    Sep 5, 2017 – VP, Talent & Culture

    Thank you so much for your review. We completely overhauled our on-boarding program at the beginning of the summer and are continually making updates to it in order to figure out how to give new... More


  9. "Got to be part of a strong team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to be part of a strong team, got to work on a variety of fun, creative projects, although not all of them took off or went very far. Was also lucky to have a manager who actually worked to understand what I wanted in my career, and tried to help me reach my goals. EVen though ultimately my career took me elsewhere.

    Cons

    The type of projects Cogo is building are very early stage. Most of the work does not require deep data science skills. And for that reason there wasn't a lot of mentorship in data science.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on product creation, revenue is important but don't get so distracted by marketing that you lose sight of the opportunity to build cool things. Also please keep investing in the culture, make sure Cogo is always a positive environment for the employees.

    Cogo Labs Response

    Sep 5, 2017 – VP, Talent & Culture

    Really appreciate this feedback, thank you. I think it's true that if you're interested in deep data science research, the people doing that work tend to be at the verticals more than on the core... More


  10. "great for data analysts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cogo Labs full-time

    Pros

    The people, everyone is super helpful

    Cons

    Would have liked more projects to work on

    Advice to Management

    Training and documentation for analysts


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