About the Cognizant

Cognizant is known to be a good paymaster as normally it pays above the market. Similar companies such as HCL Tech. and TCS etc. pay around 4% less than Cognizant. Around 80% employees are said to be satisfied with the company. It’s based on a Payscale, India survey, in which around 320 Cognizant employees participated. However, if we go by the mouthshut.com reviews, Cognizant doesn’t turn out to be that good a place to work at and most of the employees were heard cribbing about the company policies especially the inefficient management and poor HR policies.

Average salary range by jobs at Cognizant India

Average salary of a programmer analyst at Cognizant is between Rs. 2.5 lakh and 4.5 lakh PA. The bonus is anywhere between 10K to 30K INRs. Profit disbursement was also up to a hefty Rs. 3 LPA, as per the contribution of a specific job category. Total pay of a programmer analyst thus ranged between Rs. 2.6-5LPA.
The associate software engineer drew anywhere between Rs. 4.6 to 8 LPA, whereas senior software engineer, developer and programmer received anywhere between Rs. 4 to 11 LPA.

Salaries in the US office of Cognizant

A system analyst in the US office of Cognizant Technology Solutions, draws anywhere between $32K and $78K, whereas a senior system analyst draws anywhere between $45K and $80K. Assistant project manager in the Cognizant US office draws between $50K and $100K. Programmer analyst’s salary is between $31K and $75K. A project manager gets between $50K and $120K per annum.

A senior business analyst in Cognizant US draws between $40K and $75K. A senior Associate has an average salary of $75K. A senior manager gets between $70K and $160K. Senior associate (projects) gets $60K to $90K. An associate draws an average $60K and the maximum salary for this designation is $95K. A project associate gets up to $75K, whereas the entry level salary is $50K for this position. A senior consultant gets anywhere from $65K to $100K. A manager has an average salary of $95K.


This Payscale, India survey is based on hundreds of responses within Cognizant. Most of the employees have rated it more than 3 on a scale of 5, in terms if compensations and benefits, senior management, work-life balance, culture and values and career opportunities, which is a good indicator. A whopping 92% approved of the CEO, Frank D’Souza and around 80% of the employees thought they can recommend the company to a friend. Most of the respondents said that it was a good place to start one’s career and also that for the cognizant people, it was one of the best places to work at.

Most of the respondents had a positive outlook about the future of the company. They said it was a professionally refined company with lots of opportunities to grow, if you are innovative and enterprising. According to many, it was a good and flexible place to work at, where leadership is encouraged and promoted. For most of the respondents at Cognizant, work life balance was rated highly.