Cognizant (No. 19), J&J (No. 87) make Forbes’ ‘World’s Best Employers’ list

Other companies with strong N.J. presence — including Amazon — honored, too

Becky Schmitt, the chief people officer at Cognizant, loves to talk about her company.

“We recently launched our ‘Cognizant Agenda,’ a cultural blueprint that points the way forward for our company,” she said. “It opens the door to new opportunities for our associates to learn and grow, to think differently, to exercise our problem-solving skills and creativity, to create rewarding careers, and to be part of an agile, innovative, diverse and inclusive global community.”

It’s the type of thing you would expect from Cognizant. The Teaneck-based company, founded in 1994 by Wijeyaraj Kumar Mahadeva and Francisco D’Souza, quickly established itself as a leader in information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services.

And a great place to work. On Thursday, that was recognized by Forbes, which ranked Cognizant No. 19 on its list of the World’s Best Employers.

The award is presented by Forbes (based in Jersey City) and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry-ranking provider. Forbes and Statista said they selected the list based on independent surveys of more than 150,000 employees in more than 50 countries.

Participants were asked to rate employers according to various topics such as image, trust, gender equality, corporate social responsibility, culture, benefits, economic footprint and talent development. They also were asked to rate their satisfaction with their employers’ COVID-19 responses. More than 5 million data points were analyzed.

Cognizant was one of two New Jersey-based companies on the list: New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson was ranked No. 87. Amazon, which is based in Seattle but will soon be the state’s largest private employer, came in at No. 2.

A number of other companies that have a strong New Jersey presence made the list — and made the list near the top: Samsung (No. 1), LG (No. 5), Siemens (No. 9), Colgate-Palmolive (No. 66) and Mars (No. 79).

Cognizant operates through the following business segments: financial services, health care, products and resources and communications, media and technology.

And it does so, Schmitt said, by putting its employees first.

“Being named one of Forbes’ ‘World’s Best Employers’ is an exciting validation of our Cognizant Agenda,” she said.

For a complete look at the list, click here.

Here’s a look at the Top 10:

  1. Samsung (South Korea)
  2. Amazon (Seattle)
  3. IBM (Armonk, N.Y.)
  4. Microsoft (Redmond, Wash.)
  5. LG (South Korea)
  6. Apple (Cupertino, Calif.)
  7. Adobe (San Jose, Calif.)
  8. Alphabet (Mountain View, Calif.)
  9. Siemens (Germany)
  10. Bosch (Germany)