KEY NOT FOUND: coverImgAlt
Logo
See All Photos

Cogo Labs

Engaged Employer

Cogo Labs

Add a Review

Cogo Labs Reviews

Updated Oct 25, 2021

To filter reviews, or .

Found 65 of over 77 reviews

3.4
59%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
Approve of CEO
Cogo Labs CEO Robert Fisher
Robert Fisher
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "Technical skill development, work/life balance, great coworkers(in 10 reviews)

  • "Amazing work environment and people(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Design at Cogo could benefit from more organization(in 14 reviews)

  • "Cogo could also be a bit more upfront about their business model which is more advertising focused than is initially apparent(in 8 reviews)

  • More Pros and Cons
    Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.

    The latest conversations about Tech

    Join the conversation on

    Tech

    1y

    a 

    Sales Engineer

    Let's see what we are all making. Include current salary, location, job role (e.g. Software Engineer; Product Manager) and YoE please. Reply using your comapny.

    676

    216 Comments

    Join the conversation on
    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Ownership and Opportunity

      Oct 18, 2021 - Senior Manager, Analytics in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Opportunity and ownership. In true entrepreneurial spirit, Cogo Labs is a place that provides and expects its people to be owners of their domain, pushes them to propose and then take big swings to hit exponential growth outcomes, and plays as a team, promoting transparency, alignment, and collaboration in everything they do. Cogo is also a company that is on the move and is open about where it stands and where it's going. We've seen that with the new leadership direction in the last couple years and ambitious goals that need smart and ambitious people, from management down. Cogo really cares about its people, constantly looking to improve everything from comp to perks to office culture. No company can be perfect, but what I care about is that it doesn't settle and is open to feedback to stay on a path of continuous imporvement. You get that at Cogo Labs.

      Cons

      If you're looking for handouts, this isn't the place for you. An ambitious and entrepreneurial company means expectations are high and you get out what you put in. Big upside requires big swings.

      Be the first to find this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Huge opportunities

      Oct 21, 2021 - Senior Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Lots of autonomy; more opportunity to take ownership over success/failure than I have seen in any previous job - Incredible network: there is a lot of value in being connected to Link Ventures and the opportunity to learn from the expertise there - upside: Cogo has aggressive growth goals and right now is a great chance to be a part of it - opportunity to learn how companies are built: it is great to be able to be a part of building multiple startups at once. Really valuable experience

      Cons

      - not a con, but the mentality of granular planning (lots of writing) and measurement isn't for everyone. There are high expectations that project owners provide full transparency on the status of investments, which means knowing all the details, KPIs and being willing to make a recommendation to pivot/pause when necessary

      Continue reading
      Be the first to find this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Substantial momentum in the right direction

      Oct 25, 2021 - SVP-Commerce in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Flexible work environment Brilliant colleagues Great benefits Exciting, innovative work Incredible experience builder at nearly every level

      Cons

      Cogo’s planning processes can take some getting used to, but the structure allows for a very scalable and repeatable growth plan. Not a con, but a heads up that this piece may be a little different than some are used to.

      Continue reading
      Be the first to find this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome place to work!

      Aug 23, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      A true start up environment that values impact and innovation above all else. I've had a great experience bringing new ideas to my manager and working on implementing them quickly. Company also has a solid work-life balance. Employees control their own schedules and making an impact at work determines where / when you need to be "on". People are relaxed and fun. Company invests in frequent events to enjoy the culture and celebrate wins.

      Cons

      The company is still young and has to get better at things like career growth and clearer expectations. High impact employees have huge upside but getting their can be clearer.

      Continue reading
      Be the first to find this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Sinking ship

      Jul 21, 2021 - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Smart kind and hardworking peers

      Cons

      I won't get into the business model but between that and bad judgment at the top it is not a good place to work. Let's unpack CEO Rob Fisher’s response to the Oct 2020 Glassdoor review. This review called out the exec team lack of diversity and foundation in cronyism. Rob’s response, in part: "As for the management team, I can only say that it’s a group of highly skilled and experienced people aligned to a common mission. That quality comes from painstaking, diligent, and frank disagreements with a massive helping of mutual respect and psychological safety. I’m glad to hear that the product of all that is viewed from outside the group as a team united, because we’ve worked hard to forge it" This passive aggression is characteristic of how Rob and execs deflect constructive feedback (it's all “misalignment”). He would rather twist the commenter's words than consider his own flaws. Interactions with exces will more often than not get an infuriating response like this one that willfully misses your point and ignores anything constructive. Execs will pay lip service to diversity and openness but their actions and responses make it clear that they prefer to exist in an echo chamber. If you don't fit their profile good luck getting respect.

      Continue reading
      18 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      White men’s club

      Jun 5, 2021 - Manager in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      None. This place is the worst. The CEO is a complete self centered, ego maniac, with major trust and transparency insecurities. If you’re a white, straight, male you’ll fit in just fine.

      Cons

      Too many to list, but let’s start with the leadership team, the plagiarized values and leadership principles (stolen from Amazon), or the complete disregard for diversity. The CEO and COO are a completely rude and talk so poorly of others behind closed doors.

      Continue reading
      24 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Rebuilding for a bright future

      May 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Cogo is currently in a rebuilding phase in many ways, which has brought some frustration along with opportunity. The CEO has continued to keep transparency his focus, even during remote work, with clear updates in company meetings and emails. Remote work has been tough (at least in my personal experience) - but Cogo has provided tons of flexibility to deal with personal things (unlimited sick time for all employees and unlimited personal time for parents to address childcare needs during the pandemic). My manager consistently gives me timely feedback - both positive and constructive. From what I see and hear, many of the managers at Cogo are equally amazing. If you see a gap that you want to correct or a project that you want to work on, Cogo gives you the opportunity to do so. They stay focused on working on what's impactful, so that means making your case in a constructive and data-driven way. I appreciate this because it means we're always focusing on what's most important and driving us towards our goals. As a woman at Cogo, I haven't faced the issues noted in other reviews here. Cogo is continuing to make strides in diversity (there's work to do here), but I've always felt respected and that my voice is heard.

      Cons

      These aren't exactly cons, but certainly areas for opportunity (which I've seen Cogo working on actively) Some employees feel a lack of ownership regarding culture. There's work to be done refreshing the culture and giving folks what they need to feel ownership. Some of this is likely from remote work/pandemic stress. There is work to do on diversity and it should continue to be a focus.

      Continue reading
      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Terrible place to work

      May 31, 2021 - Senior Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      None. No pros. Place is toxic.

      Cons

      There is absolutely no diversity in upper management. They aren't honest with job candidates about what work actually goes on here (marketing).

      Continue reading
      14 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good for short growth

      Mar 10, 2021 - Generalist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Fast-pace Opportunities to take on ownership of work and clear show of impact Great benefits and great coworkers

      Cons

      Departure of high level people leadership Leadership attributes all departure to “alignment” issues to the business model and doesn’t address underlying employee frustrations and issues

      Continue reading
      9 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      99 Problems and Diversity is half of them

      Mar 31, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Entry-level colleagues are empathetic, kind, and supportive to everyone.

      Cons

      In my experience I've only seen a path to success for straight, white men. Constant disrespect from members of the executive team. A culture rooted in binge drinking and promoting through favoritism. Absolutely no business model concept and poor execution at best.

      Continue reading
      15 people found this review helpful
    Viewing 1 - 10 of 65 Reviews

    Popular Careers with Cogo Labs Job Seekers

    JobsSalariesInterviews

    Work at Cogo Labs? Share Your Experiences

    or