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Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant, a member of the Nasdaq-100, is ranked 195 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. 

As a customer-centric, relationship-driven partner, we are redefining the way companies experience and benefit from global services. Our unique delivery model is infused with a distinct culture of high customer satisfaction. Cognizant delivers a trusted partnership, cost reductions, innovation, and business results. Cognizant enables global enterprises to address a dual mandate: to make their current operations as efficient and cost-effective as possible, and to invest in innovation to unleash new potential across their organizations.

We bring value to our clients every day by embracing a well-established set of cultural values:

Transparency. We Succeed Through Open Exchange of Information. 

Passion. We Have a Collective Can-Do Attitude, with the Enthusiasm and Commitment to Go the Extra Mile.

Empowerment. Figure Out How to Get Things Done and Make Them Happen.

Collaboration. Work Together to Achieve a Common Goal. 

Customer Focus. The Customer is Our True North.

Integrity. We Act with Integrity in Every Decision We Make.

We take an advisory-led approach that helps our clients simultaneously boost their operational efficiency; ensure that vital business functions work better, faster and less expensively; and enhance their overall effectiveness with next generation IT services, modern platforms and digital models that unleash new market potential and deliver ever-higher levels of performance.
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  • Cognizant Irene Sandler

    Meet a Fairygodboss at Cognizant

    • Name

      Irene Sandler

    • Position

      VP, Cognizant Accelerator

      Portland, Oregon

    Turning new ideas into impactful products:  “I’m drawn to the problem-solving aspect of product marketing. I love the thought and rigor involved in taking a product to market.”

    When I graduated from Georgetown University, an advisor told me, “Go west. There’s this technology thing going on.” So I started a tech company, and I’ve worked in technology ever since. In particular, I’m drawn to the problem-solving aspect of product marketing. I love the thought and rigor involved in taking a product to market.

    At Cognizant Accelerator, I help create new business models for the company as part of our corporate innovation efforts. That includes incubating new practices and internal startups, everything from product-market fit to positioning and messaging. We collaborate closely with our business units to identify good ideas and ensure they have the executive support and resources they need to grow.

    New ideas are the heart of my work. I got an MBA from Harvard, then returned to the Silicon Valley start-up scene, just as the market crashed. After Cisco acquired the start-up I was working for, I led product marketing at various emerging technologies within Cisco, including its video content and IoT business units.

    My focus at Cognizant draws from that experience: we're exploring ideas for new business models made possible by digital technologies such as blockchain, AI and IoT. My managers emphasize impact over activity and give me the autonomy I want to do the work and to make the changes needed to forward our agenda. I’ve also been able to take advantage of training, such as an executive speaker class, which has helped me develop some of the soft skills that are so necessary to be effective in a large company.

    When I’m not working, my husband and our two young boys like to jam on instruments: I’m figuring out how to fiddle. I’m also learning ballet, which feels like a more painful form of yoga. I regularly hike the trails of an urban forest reserve behind my house. It’s one of the largest in the country—and yet another reason that advisor was right about going west.

  • Cognizant Shameka Young

    Meet a Fairygodboss at Cognizant

    • Name

      Shameka Young

    • Position

      VP, Consulting Partner Communications, Media & Technology

      Dallas, Texas

    Mastering the art of the possible:  “I make sure I take time to advocate for others. It’s amazing what we can do when someone tells us we can get there.”

    The best part of my job is sitting with clients and my team, listening and talking and working through problems. Creating solutions with clients is always exciting to me. A lot of our sessions are about brainstorming ideas and diversification of opinion. How can we push our thinking to get clients where they want to be?

    I wear two hats at Cognizant. On the technology side, I focus on communications and media, working with clients across their enterprises and on digital transformation. I also work on digital infrastructure like software-defined networks and virtualization. How do you take a network environment and add software capabilities to create cool experiences for customers and the enterprise? And what does it mean for those affected in terms of reskilling?

    A client once told me that she liked that I was straight with her even in uncomfortable situations. She said she could trust me to solve problems in a fair way. I always make a point of passing that along to my team. Always be straight with clients, even when the information can be uncomfortable. Nothing ever goes perfectly. It’s how you deal with it that makes a difference.

    When I began my career at Cognizant, my boss made sure I got a lot of engagement and exposure and the ability to jump into things and make decisions. Now I work for Chell Smith, and she’s a good, strong advocate.

    Likewise, I make sure I take time to advocate for others. It’s amazing what we can do when someone tells us we can get there. Everyone has a different path. There isn’t just one way.

    Outside of work I’m a family person. I have the neighborhood house that all the kids feel comfortable coming over to. My family and I are always out walking or biking through the neighborhood.

  • Cognizant Poornima Ramaswamy

    Meet a Fairygodboss at Cognizant

    • Name

      Poornima Ramaswamy

    • Position

      VP, Cognizant Digital Business Head of Business Analytics & Insights

      Boston, Massachusetts

    Solving client problems, simply and elegantly:  “My focus is understanding why people need data and insights, and how digitization will help them.”

    Enjoying what I do and working with smart people has helped shape my career.

    The important thing to me has always been believing in what I do and having an opportunity to constantly learn. At Cognizant, I’ve been fortunate to take new and different roles every two to three years and along the way to acquire new responsibilities and capabilities. I had the opportunity to conceive, shape and manage the Chief Data and Analytics advisory council, one of the company’s most successful and long running councils.

    I get excited by solving problems and bored if I’m not in front of customers, understanding their business challenges and creating solutions. Helping customers make sense of digital’s complex transformation absolutely inspires me to keep up with things.

    I’ve been with Cognizant for 16 years. I began my career working with banks, retail chains and medical devices as a business analyst. I became a program manager for client companies like Levi Strauss and eBay.

    Now I have two roles. For two verticals—banking and financial services and healthcare—I run our analytics and AI profit and loss (P&L). I also head our business analytics and insights (BAI) unit across North America, which helps organizations build a foundation for digital value.

    What surprises me most about my work? That not every need has to be solved through complex technology solutions. Sometimes the simplest way to solve a problem is also the most elegant. It’s important for us to understand both stated and unstated needs before we jump into solution mode.

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What Women Should Know about Working At Cognizant

Everyone wants to do great work. At Cognizant, our Women Empowered (WE) program helps make that happen. Through training and development, as well as local meetings and presentations, WE provides a path to learn, grow and succeed.  Sure, you become part of our company. More important, you find community. That’s important in a fast-growing company like Cognizant. We’re hiring in leaps and bounds. In 2017, we hired 6,000 U.S. workers, and over the next five years, we expect to hire 25,000 more.

Advance your career. We’re developing new programs to provide mentors who can advise you, and sponsorship opportunities with executives who can advocate for you.

Think digital. At Cognizant, join the 12,000 women who’ll train in digital specialties such as analytics and AI as part of our pledge at the February 2018 MAKERS gathering.

WE is committed to eliminating gender bias and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. That is why Forbes named us Best Company for Women 2018.

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Additional information
    • Global Women Empowered Program


      Cognizant is committed to elevating the experience of work for women through our Women Empowered (WE) program.  Women Empowered is global,  employee-led association that promotes the successful attraction, development, advancement, and retention of women at all levels of the company.

    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Succession planning initiatives
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • Flex-time policies, include some remote working opportunities.
    • Remote working
    • Yes
    • Part-time working
    • Yes

Parental Leave

    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Other benefits information
    • Milk Stork: Associates who are breastfeeding and traveling for business can ship or tote breast milk home in a refrigerated cooler at no cost.

      Healthy Pregnancy Program: Provides associates who are enrolled in a Cognizant medical plan valuable education information and advice through access to maternity and neonatal nurses who will answer questions and offer support throughout pregnancy and after birth.
    • Fertility benefits
    • Yes, WINFertility: Cognizant provides a resource for associates seeking fertilities services. WINFertility makes fertility treatment affordable by offering lower than market-rate treatment bundles consisting of the medical services and medications required to help have a baby.

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