Cognizant at a Glance


  • "Growing, innovative, excellent business model."
  • "Flexibility across geographies."
  • "The energy and passion to be successful."


  • "Lack of co-ordination and top down leadership."
  • "Work-life balance."
  • "The view outside of Cognizant of who we are versus who we are trying to become."

The Buzz

  • "Very good in their niche."
  • "Coding powerhouse."
  • "Low cost IT firm."
  • "Up and coming."

About Cognizant

Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey the firm has over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 217,700 employees as of March 31, 2015. Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world.

Cognizant serves top clients across key industry sectors (such as Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Logistics, Retail & Consumer goods, Information, Media & Entertainment, among others). 

Cognizant delivers innovative solutions through consulting and IT services with an industry vertical focus. The firm's spectrum of consulting services (Business Strategy, Process and Operations Consulting, Technology Consulting and Business Analysis) is focused on driving transformation, innovation, and optimization for clients. Cognizant drives and executes large business and IT transformation programs, and management consulting engagements. The company also helps clients position better compared to their competitors by conceptualizing and building innovative solutions. With a leadership team comprised of veterans of top tier consulting firms and the industry, Cognizant claims to be building "a global talent base to provide 'Tier 1' consulting services with a deep domain expertise." 

Not your parents' outsourcing

The firm believes it offers a unique benefit to clients with its advanced on-site/offshore outsourcing model. Off-shoring, originally a means of taking care of low-impact business processes with inexpensive labor, was essentially a low-cost augmentation of staff. The practice has grown and developed, however, moving into systems of greater complexity and important production-based processes. Indeed, so far removed is what Cognizant offers from the initial portrayal of outsourcing as "cheap labor," the firm has been known to refer to its global delivery model as the "fourth generation" of outsourcing. While it retains the economic advantage and "follow the sun" capability (24/7 attention by passing work across time zones) of off-shoring, Cognizant has the additional ability to offer on-site teams with the sort of industry experience and advanced technology expertise that wouldn't have been found outside of Western markets in the early days of outsourcing. This makes it possible for projects of nearly any complexity or scale to be outsourced or completed on a global scale. 

Indeed, scale is not a problem the company seems to struggle with, in any sense of the word. Having started with just 175 employees back in 1994, the firm has grown rapidly ever since, passing the 100,000 barrier for the first time in 2010. 

Friends in the industry

Cognizant also partners with some of the largest software and technology organizations in the world. It has forged strategic alliances with Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IBM, and maintains technology-sharing partnerships with Adobe, HP, Sun Microsystems and other companies whose products and services enhance its own offerings. 

Over the years, the firm has also made a number of strategic alliances and acquisitions to strengthen its offerings and broaden its global footprint. These include: 

  • In 2008 the firm joined up with Germany's T-Systems-the enterprise customer division of Deutsche Telekom-to form a global systems integration alliance. 

  • In 2009, the firm announced a global product research and development relationship with Invensys Rail. Other acquisitions that year included UBS India's service center, which enhanced Cognizant's leadership position in banking and financial services, and IT infrastructure services specialists Pepperweed Advisors. 

  • In 2010, Cognizant acquired PIPC, a global program management consulting firm, and Paris-based Galileo Performance, an IT testing consultancy.

  • In 2011, Cognizant acquired CoreLogic's India operations, expanding the organization's Mortgage Services portfolio.

  • More recently, in 2014, Cognizant acquired itaas, a digital video solutions company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, an acquisition that positions the firm to capitalize on the growing demand for greater interactivity, higher personalization, and innovative content delivery in the multi-screen and video market.

  • Also in 2014, Cognizant acquired TriZetto Corporation for $2.7 billion in cash, an acquisition that aims to accelerate Cognizant's market position and strategy of delivering innovative healthcare software and solutions to a wide range of healthcare clients.

  • In October 2014 the firm acquired Cadient Group, a full-service digital marketing agency that serves a broad spectrum of life sciences companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer health, and medical device industries. The following month, Cognizant announced the acquisition of Odecee, a leading provider of digital solutions to enterprises in the Australia and New Zealand region. This acquisition is aimed at further strengthening Cognizant's digital business transformation expertise and expands its portfolio of tools and services to help clients create digital enterprises that capitalize on new business models, drive innovative products and services, enhance workforce productivity, and improve customer experience.

Keeping Busy

When Cognizant's professionals aren't at work on an engagement, they stay involved in the business by publishing research papers and studies. Cognizant frequently releases white papers; recent topics include the transition to new business models, a discussion on strategic cost optimization - driving innovation while reducing IT costs, the importance of big data analytics in banking and how to drive innovation through innovative IT services management The firm additionally participates in conferences, summits and other events year round. 

Empowering through education

Cognizant continuously challenges itself to make a difference in areas such as education, the environment and employee development, health and safety. For example, the company has a major commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S., supporting 25 Making the Future after-school and summer programs in 2013, and helping to found US2020, which aims to mobilize one million volunteer STEM mentors annually by 2020. In 2013, Cognizant also made a three-year, $150,000 commitment to help fund university-sponsored STEM education programs at Texas A&M University. 

In June 2014, Cognizant announced that it will triple the size of its 'Making the Future' program to expand and enhance STEM education in the U.S. As part of its commitment to ensuring that the U.S. has a skilled, knowledge-based workforce that can continue to meet the challenges of the global knowledge economy, Cognizant will support 1.5 million hours of 'making' program activities and events to serve 25,000 children in 200 communities by 2017.

Making Good 

The firm is also active in other areas of the social sector. The Cognizant Foundation (CF), is the firm's corporate social responsibility arm, with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged sections of society, through focused activities in the areas of education, skill development, healthcare and livelihood. 

Additionally, Outreach, Cognizant's employee-led social volunteering program, focuses on improving the quality of life in India (and, increasingly, in other regions) in the area of education. Outreach volunteers participate in a wide variety of grassroots initiatives, with an emphasis on encouraging high-value efforts that can positively impact students' performance in areas such as classroom teaching, career counselling, inter-school competition coaching, and leading educational trips. 


November 2014

Institutional Investor: Cognizant Shines on the 2015 All-America Executive Team

Cognizant won key recognitions in the 2015 All-America Executive Team survey, Institutional Investor's ranking of U.S. corporate leaders as seen through the eyes of investment professionals. In the Computer Services and IT Consulting sector (buy-side), Cognizant was ranked the "Best Investor Relations" company, and Francisco D'Souza, CEO, Cognizant, and David Nelson, Vice President, Investor Relations, and Treasurer, Cognizant, were ranked the Best CEO and the Best Investor Relations Professional respectively. Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant, was recognized by the buy-side as the second best CFO. D'Souza and Nelson were also ranked among the top three CEOs and Investor Relations Professionals by the sell-side. 

February 2015

Cognizant Recognized as Military Friendly Employer

Cognizant earned the elite designation as a 2015 Military Friendly Employer┬« by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly┬« Employers list is determined annually from a review of more than 5,000 companies, government agencies and non-profits, distinguishing those with the strongest job opportunities and programs for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Cognizant strives to provide a positive work place for military veterans and facilitate an easier transition back into civilian life with careers that utilize their advanced leadership skills and strong work ethic. Cognizant formalized its veterans hiring initiative in 2013 with the announcement of "CAMO to Cognizant." The program's mission is to support and enrich the careers of those who have served while also enriching Cognizant as an organization and the services the company provides to clients. The program focuses on Corporate Culture, Leadership, Recruitment, Onboarding, and Career Growth and Support, areas of emphasis designed to create a robust Veteran employee experience.


February 2015

Top Employers Institute: Cognizant Named Top Employer 2015 in The Netherlands and the UK

Cognizant was recognized by the Top Employers Institute for being a top employer in the Netherlands  and in the UK. The annual research undertaken by the Institute recognizes leading employers around the world, which excel in offering outstanding employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization, and strive to continuously optimize employment practices. The research is independently audited and Cognizant was assessed on a number of criteria: talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and culture. 

Fortune: Cognizant Named to Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies List for the Seventh Year in a Row

Cognizant was named to Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies list for the seventh year in a row. Fortune's Most Admired Companies list is considered a definitive report card on corporate reputations. The study examines nine attributes of reptation: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness. A total of 668 companies from 29 countries were surveyed. 

June 2015

FORTUNE: Cognizant Ranks #288 in FORTUNE 500 2015, Jumps 20 Places

Cognizant ranked #288 in the FORTUNE 500 for 2015, up 20 places from #308 in 2014. The FORTUNE 500 is FORTUNE magazine's annual ranking of the largest corporations in the United States. Cognizant's current ranking is based on the company's FY2014 revenue of $10.263 billion. Cognizant debuted on the FORTUNE 500 ranking in  2011 (based on its revenue for FY 2010) at #484 and has consistently moved up the ranking since then. 

Newsweek: Cognizant Ranked Among the World's Top 100 Green Companies of 2015 for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Newsweek ranked Cognizant among the top 100 Green Companies for 2015 in the U.S. as well as globally for corporate sustainability and environmental impact. The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world's most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. Cognizant ranked #55 on the U.S. 500-up from #119 in 2014-a ranking of the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States by market capitalization, and ranked #93 on the Global 500, which looks at the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally by market capitalization (as determined by Bloomberg as of March 4, 2015). In partnership with Corporate Knights Capital, HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor Inc., and leading sustainability minds from non-governmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities, Newsweek assessed and measured the environmental performance of the largest publicly-traded companies based on eight key indicators: combined energy productivity, combined greenhouse gas (GHG) productivity, combined water productivity, combined waste productivity, green revenue score, green pay link, sustainability board committee, and audited environmental metrics 

Glassdoor: Cognizant CEO Named Among the Top 10 Highest Rated CEOs in the UK

 In its annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Highest Rated CEOs in 2015, employer review website Glassdoor ranked Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza among the top 10 CEOs in the UK. The website analyzed data from thousands of anonymous reviews left on its UK website in the past year to pick out which company bosses are rated highest among their staff. Employees were encouraged to give their opinion on the best reasons to work for their employer, any downsides and their approval rating of the chief executive. "Gaining the trust and approval of an entire workforce is one of the most difficult yet rewarding responsibilities for any leader," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor Chief Executive and Cofounder. The Telegraph wrote: "New York-based Francisco D'Souza became head of software firm Cognizant in 2007 and has consistently ranked high on top chief executive lists."


Financial Times: Cognizant Ranks #281 in FT Global 500 2015, Jumps 67 Places

Cognizant ranked #281 in FT Global 500 2015, the Financial Times' annual list of the world's largest companies based on market capitalization. This is the 19th  annual ranking of the FT Global 500, providing an annual snapshot of the world's largest companies. Cognizant debuted on the list in 2011 at #370 and has consistently moved up the ranking since then. Cognizant's 2015 ranking, up 67 places from #348 in 2014, is based on the company's market cap of $38.034 billion as of March 31, 2015. Market capitalization is the share price on March 31, 2015, multiplied by the number of shares issued; so the greater the stock market value of a company, the higher its ranking. The figures were converted into a common currency to allow comparison so all the figures in the main FT 500 ranking are presented in terms of the dollar at that date.

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500 Frank West Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: (201) 801-0233
Fax: (201) 801-0243


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: CTSH
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • CEO: Francisco D'Souza
  • 2015 Employees: 217,700

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  • Major Departments & Practices
    Strategy Consulting
    Business Model and Future of Work
    Merger and Acquisition Strategy
    Merger Integration and Divestiture Services
    Digital Strategy and Innovation
    Business and Technology Strategy Alignment
    Business Consulting
    Finance Transformation
    HR Consulting
    CMO and Marketing
    Data and Analytics
    Target Operating Model
    Operations Consulting
    Business Process Improvement and Reengineering
    Operations Strategy
    Global Sourcing Transformation
    Supply Chain Management
    Change Management
    IT/Technology Consulting
    IT Strategy and Transformation
    IT Digital Strategy and Architecture
    IT Cost Optimization
    SMAC Advisory (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud)
    Enterprise Architecture Consulting
    IT Process Quality Engineering and Transformation
    Program Management
    Program Advisory and Management Services
    Program Audits
    Risk Planning and Mitigation
    Large-scale Portfolio Management and Prioritization Services
    Solution Design
    SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and consulting)
    Technology Services
    Application Development and Systems Integration
    Application Testing
    Outsourcing Services
    Application Maintenance
    IT Infrastructure Services
    Business Process Services

Major Office Locations

  • Teaneck, NJ (HQ)
  • More than 100 development and delivery centers worldwide

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