Working at cognizant as mid lvl dev ?

General Motors coltmdgusq
Mar 30 51 Comments

Hello. I am currently looking for new job ,( I was working at gm for 3.5 years and got layoff recently . )

Recently, I got an offer from cognizant in east cost ( GA) for TC 103k. ( 100k+ cost of living adjustment for my area 3k every year, 10 days PTO, 401k , insurance etc ..)

After reading lots of negative feedback about Indian own IT solution company reviews , I'm little bit worried to join cognizant.

My longterm goal is to get in to one of bay area companies like FAANG

At this point, I have to give them response to the offer no later till next week.

Since I am us green card holder, I do not have any constraint to join any company.

Should I look for other company ? I even saw posts that saying small cap/ start up is better than 'h1 body shop' companies .

Your help would much appreciated.

Thanks !!!

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  • Salesforce Marc B
    Stay away from Indian sweat shops. You will be surrounded by morons and bootlickers and have to constantly watch over your shoulders about getting laid off, if you are on bench. Anyone who works there long enough loses his confidence, sense of self respect and pride.
    Mar 30 3
    • Nvidia DE2019
      But how come they get a major chunk of H1b’s for last 10 yrs .
      Mar 30
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Hmm.. sounds awful . Do they give lots fo work? Is that why ?or is skills using in there not good ? Why would they lose confidence?
      Mar 30
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Oh I meant , instead of consulting company , how is small company to join ?
      Mar 30
  • Wells Fargo hsLy13
    Honest opinion:
    Pros:
    1. You are a Green Card Holder so you don’t have major issues dealing with immigrations. Big relief interns of begging with managers.
    2. You will get some project anywhere. Even if you don’t have Project you don’t have to worry like Indians as they will be sent immediately or after 2 weeks. They will somehow find a project anywhere inside US.

    3.You will get any of the FAANG. I personally seen many ppl getting calls. It’s all about your tech stack and how you crack the interview. Most of the ppl in FAANG are from WITCH (Wipro, Infosys, TCS, TCS and HCL).

    4. You will be lucky if you get offshore as they will take care of major development and you can do only coordination from here.

    CONS:
    1. You are paid less. I donno what level they are hiring. 103k in GA is good when compared to other folks from CTS who are getting between 75-85K unless they are managers.
    2. Your learning and career path will be affected unless you keep your hands on like leetcode always.

    If you don’t have any option then you can just join CTS and try other biggies and jump ship.

    You can bargain some more salary by saying, they don’t have to pay for your visa transfer or immigration as the salary is structured for including visa formalities.

    P.S: Don’t listen to whoever said before. They are neither from these companies nor know any details about them.
    Btw. I am not from CTS but I was from one of the WITCH companies.
    Mar 30 13
    • Wells Fargo hsLy13
      Hmm OP, looks like you never worked in onsite-offshore model?
      Mar 30
    • Wipro
      JohnnyCa$h

      Wipro

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      JohnnyCa$hmore
      Well, keep in mind these jobs for immediate relief of financial needs if you are having tough time finding full time job.
      Mar 30
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      I never had encounterd with offshore ppl .@hsLY13

      @Johnnyca$h .okay I see. I will check if they have buy out or non compete agreement in contract
      Mar 30
    • Cognizant donKnight
      I work for CTS and joining Uber in 2 weeks; if you dont have any other opportunity, take it up. You will always have the opportunity to prove yourself, and yes, most of the engineers at FAANG have started at some point at these companies. And these are not body shoppers but consulting companies
      Apr 1
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Thanks for your opinion . I will carefully consider this
      Apr 1
  • Nvidia DE2019
    Please stay away . You can’t even get interview call from FAANG if you work for the WITCH companies .?
    Mar 30 6
    • Tutanota randodata
      Bruh a lot of the Indian people atFB come from these sweatshops
      Mar 30
    • Morgan Stanley tfti
      Not you tho 😂😂😂
      Mar 30
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      As full time ?
      Mar 30
    • Nvidia ML-
      Really ? It’s hard to believe . Maybe IT contracting . Most of the FAANG outsourced their IT maintenance to these companies . I don’t think FTE
      Mar 30
    • Nvidia ML-
      W wipro
      I Infosys
      T TCS
      C Cognizant
      H HCL

      Last year there was an article in LinkedIn on how they operate .
      Mar 30
  • Two Sigma pci bus
    Don’t go. That will be negative part in your resume.
    Mar 30 4
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      I'm hearing that too. is small cap better to join ? Small to mod , 50 to 500 employees
      Mar 30
    • Two Sigma pci bus
      Small cap? I don’t quite understand
      Mar 30
    • Two Sigma pci bus
      There are some okay engineers who joined from good companies (but lay off something). They may choose to join because of lack of work opportunities in that area (say mid west) and they are near 50 or more senior in age. In that case, they join just for a work to satisfy the needs. However, because the majority of engineers are in general below average, hiring managers who has exposure to those type of company know the general practice or engineering standard for people from this type of firm. If a candidate comes from this company who has majority of experience from this type of company, the chance of a good candidate is lower. Some hiring managers may consider pass.
      Mar 30
    • Two Sigma pci bus
      But of course this is not a show stopper. Just a factor for considering.
      Mar 30
  • New HolyPig
    Wipro Infosys tcs cognizant HCL
    Mar 30 1
    • Cisco ABGslayer
      ^^^ Aka avoid all of these
      Mar 30
  • Cognizant vijay1811
    Please stay away from service companies and 103k is very less for a lateral. Please try for product companies.
    Apr 1 5
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      For Atlanta ui mid lvl, I see avg as 81k , 59k to 115k range . I thought salary wise this was okay deal.

      Anyway I agree that it would be better if I join product co.

      Is it still bad even if I'm going to put in development project from cognizant ?
      Apr 1
    • Wipro
      JohnnyCa$h

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      JohnnyCa$hmore
      Depends on your current options and how much effort you wanna put in interviewing. Keep in mind these are staffing companies
      Apr 1
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Yeah. I mean I dont know why perception of this industry is so bad ... it just giving me hard time
      Apr 1
    • Wipro
      JohnnyCa$h

      Wipro

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      Apple
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      Citizen and democrat
      JohnnyCa$hmore
      Ignore the red tape about company. It’s about your talent and compensation
      Apr 1
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      I agree . Thank you for your insight.
      Apr 1
  • VMware biyx55
    Why would you even interview there?
    Mar 30 3
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      They just contacted me all of sudden . So I wanted to give a shot to check my skill
      Mar 30
    • Morgan Stanley tfti
      If you have a pulse, they will take you
      Mar 30
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      @tfti I see
      Mar 30
  • F5 Networks / Product hmm....
    Joining should not be a major issue.
    Mar 30 6
    • F5 Networks / Product hmm....
      You are without a job. What’s the harm in joining? It’s a pretty solid company and has really good engineers.
      Mar 31
    • F5 Networks / Product hmm....
      But they will make you work really hard.
      Mar 31
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Just reading all of these reviews giving me hard time to join . Hmm I feel like I'm totally lost Haha. Ppl are saying joining this will hurt my future resume
      Apr 1
    • F5 Networks / Product hmm....
      You have the answer already. Do what you think is right. There are no right and wrong answers in life.
      Apr 1
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      You are right . Thank you for your help :)
      Apr 1
  • Cognizant / Eng
    uxbdr

    Cognizant Eng

    BIO
    Software engineer
    uxbdrmore
    Stay away You can make 100k anywhere else there is no lack of jobs, joining cognizant would always be a dark spot on your resume
    Apr 1 1
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      OP
      Why is it bad on resume? Like is there any specific reason hr would hate services co in resume ?
      Apr 1

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