Cognizant Technology Solutions Employee Reviews
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Cognizant is a good launching pad for one's career. It is a well structured and well run large organization, with established processes in place. As such it is a safe bet, nothing too wildly exciting. There is still scope for adventure, but these opportunities will be in specific pockets and one would have to be really well connected and lucky to land up on these consistently. As such it is also a good place for mid level professionals who are not highly "career-driven" and enjoy a somewhat balanced lifestyle.
Good place to start the career. opportunities are very limited, it's hard to switch from one business Unit to another. Forced to work on projects only under the same Associate director. Your profile, knowledge or aspirations will not be considered, need to strive hard to find projects yourselves. I have no clue on what the Workforce team does.
Pros: 1. Good benefits 2. Friendly co-workers 3. Flexible Schedule Cons: 1. Mismanagement - they hired Team and Project Managers who don't seem to know what they are doing, and that explained the high turnover rate. 2. No growth - rather than promoting the ones from the existing team members, they preferred to hire someone else. 3. HR did not respond to your inquiries 4. Incentives were really at the minimum and seem like a joke 5. Insecure job position as they only depend on 1 client, and you would have to expect that your project terminated at any time if the client doesn't extend the job contract with Cognizant, so don't expect to build a long career at Cognizant. 6. False promises by the Management, especially when they promised us for reimbursements which never be materialized.
Cognizant is the worst place to work for. This place is not highly recognized, so if you can work with a highly respectable company please do so. From my experience, it seems as though this place is male dominated; only males are given the chance to be leaders. Female leaders, they are ignored and pushed aside. HR is only in India. So if you work in North America, be prepared to only talk to India - because they are clearly qualified for US, and Canadian HR policies and law. HR is also hard to reach not knowing how to answer any of your inquiries. Cognizant system often is down and has been hacked. Hard to navigate and every week associates have difficulty to input timesheets. If you cannot input your timesheets you will not get paid - even being told that you are on salary. If your paycheque depend on paying your bills, be prepared to pay for late fees. Cognizant payroll - make errors every pay cheque and pay you the remainder within the next pay schedule. No exceptions because they are unable to make any payments unless on scheduled pay dates - sounds like they are incompetent. Cognizant management is the worst. No communication at all. But when you don't communicate, you get feedback. Here's feedback for Management: COMMUNICATE. If you don't understand what that means - take a course. What have i learned? I learned how to be a robot, don't think. Micromanaged - just being told what to do.
Benefits start day of hire
9 hr workdays with no pay for breaks
Extremely bad experience, very poor management, although the project was really challenging the performance of the team leaders and the project manager was poor with very limited experience. They did not quite understand the project and created a toxic workplace where it's difficult for workers to shine. Managers had personality issues and they were hired with insufficient interpersonal skills to be managers in the first place.
The office space is appropriate
The work environment is toxic
I worked in cognizant company as a SQL server administrator, I had a good experience over there and there my roles and responsibilities are performing Database refreshes from Prod to Lower environments and mask the data in lower environment. Giving permissions to the users as per the approvals, troubleshooting disk space issues and SSRS reports configuration and deployments. Experience working with Azure SQL Database Import and Export Service. Deploying SSIS packages for automation and working on Change Tasks (CTASKS) as per the steps. Actively involved in Queue management (Assigning tickets to the team members to avoid SLA breaches) etc.
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Good place to work. Work environment is nice. Learnt a lot of technical, Functional and managerial expertise from the team. Hardest part is maintaining work life balance; but that's in general in IT. And to an extent it is also Employee's duty. Effective planning, raising concerns up front, discussion with Client partners could potentially reduce the risk of overtime. But, that being said, at times it is unavoidable, I experienced it too.
Very competitive and agile environment. The workforce is collaborative in nature and have very good impression on customer. Company needs to pay close attention to expand the knowledge base and facilitate training to associates to be at par with new demanding technologies in the market.
I worked for Cognizant over 13 years. Started my career in India and had opportunity to move to US and Canada. Career growth was great. In US there are lot more options, however in Cognizant is still small and not many Projects. It is a company with lot of focus on Customers. Work really depends on the project/customer you are working. Otherwise Cognizant takes care of you, they have decent benefits. Most likely you need to work off hours due to offshore teams. Career advancement is good.