Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
5,570 Reviews
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Cognizant Technology Solutions President & CEO Frank D'Souza
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work culture starting from training to project deliverables (in 554 reviews)

  • Better work-life balance as compared to top tier consulting companies (in 489 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is poor as more work is expected than pure US based companies (in 334 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of nightly offshore calls (in 75 reviews)

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  1.  

    It all depends on your manager

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    Former Employee - Assistant Projects  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Projects in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers, nice place to work & grow professionally

    Cons

    Politics during promotions like all other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Projects  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    One of the fastest growing companies in the tech space. Has great visions for the future.

    Cons

    Performance management is poor and needs to be changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the outdated performance management systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Another Indian IT Services company

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Business Consulting  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Business Consulting in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Low on diversity - 90% employees are Indians, very delivery oriented approach, performance management is not merit based at many occasions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase diversity, encourage employees at all levels to be a part of growth strategy,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing firm to start your career with

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    Current Employee - Associate - Projects  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Skillful immigration staff
    Internal infrastructure is good (read immigration, help desk, support staff etc)
    Stellar career growth for out performers
    Exhaustive clientele

    Cons

    Compensation
    Benefits- Paid leaves
    Trade off between personal life and career growth
    Appraisal metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to come up with better appraisal metrics, not all achievements are quantitative.
    Performance evaluation needs to be 2 way street; supervisors need to be assessed on 360 feedback from direct reports.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about its employees.

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    Current Employee - Associate Operations Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Operations Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They provide a standard benefits package, more or less. They offer matching contributions (to an extent) on retirement. They have a corporate rewards package which is probably similar to most other companies. That's about all the good I can say for this company.

    Cons

    This company places you at a firm and basically forgets all about you. Very low salaries. No appreciation for hard work or excellence. If they place you in a higher-level position, with more job responsibility and higher prominence/importance, they still refuse to even consider a salary adjustment. This company bills more than twice what they are paying me. To even be considered for advancement, you have to comply with their incomprehensible "Cognizant Career Architecture" program; every single coworker I know has struggled just to figure out what they are supposed to do. For some reason, my own CCA requires two outside certifications, which I'd have to pay for out of pocket (and be reimbursed), and which I don't have time for due to my overloaded work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, if you are going to require external training and certification, you need to provide the time off from the regular client to take it. And you need to pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    no comments

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    Former Employee - Associate - Projects  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Associate - Projects in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    personal growth job security

    Cons

    perks work life balance ratings are bad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Potential as a growing company, delivery challenges

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company secures good accounts that have growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Delivery through the offshore model is hit and miss, largely dependent on the quality of their onsite consultants and the maturity level of the offshore team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to overextend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong management, good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay and promotion cycle needs revision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Experience in Cognizant

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Waukegan, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waukegan, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Executive management has very good vision and takes the company in right direction

    Cons

    Work and life balance - have to work for long hours, especially if you have an offshore team at India
    Performance Management Process - Your performance doesn't reflect your ratings, bonus and compensation.
    Environment not conducive to share new ideas or suggest out of the box solution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lousy and ridiculous company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Projects  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Projects in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cognizant Technology Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company has some varied international clients across geographies and freshers can get good international exposure. One can learn provided if he is in good project else it is more of doing mundane and useless things. You can do lots of training and can always look forward to move from one project to another team. If you have a distinguished career I wont recommend any one to join.

    Cons

    Though they paint it to be an international company, but their procedures and overall working style is typical Indian body shop company and you would feel that there is no professionalism in any approach. So if you can manage to work in such environment this company would be heaven for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over it, life is not only about billing to the clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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