Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
449 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance and supportive of community causes (in 31 reviews)

  • Good benefits, clean work environment, strong Management Team (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • While encouraged, there will be times when work-life balance is not very balanced (in 20 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance, long hours, management is ever-changing, lots of turnover (in 16 reviews)

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    Bad place to work Montgomery NY

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Pay and pto time

    Cons

    Supervisors talk down to employees and curse at you way too much favoritism mangers are just as bad as the supervisors and HR turns a blind eye to everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to show up in montgomery ny unexpected to really see what goes on there and how the workers are really treated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Going in wrong directions.

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Pharmacist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cardinal Health as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's nuclear pharmacy, so no third party insurance, controlled substances or irate customers.

    Cons

    Company is contracting it's nuclear pharmacy operations including the elimination of educational programs and out sourcing office functions. Cost cutting is extreme and even our drivers had to give back the Cardinal Health shirts they wear. I don't know how the company is going to get it's money back on that one. The manager's non-pharmacist friends make cognitive pharmacy decisions and policy in contradiction to Board of Pharmacy regulations concerning pharmacist's controlling their environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a non-pharmacist manager and the manager's non-pharmacist inner circle make all the decisions and carry more weight than pharmacists on pharmacy decisions. A member of the inner circle could not get into pharmacy school but is relied upon by the manager for pharmacy opinions and decisions more so than the pharmacists. This conflicts with State Board about pharmacists having control of their environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Midwest Views and Chaotic Management

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very few pros that i can think of. Ah, tremendously slooooooowwww pace and therefore lots of "quality of life" or otherwise known as lazy pace? Yes, things move very slow at Cardinal with the exception of the constant organizational restructuring which really has no benefit for anyone.

    Cons

    Very little diversity in management. Mostly white males or the "new" initiative white females. Current "diversity initiatives" do not focus on bringing in or promoting minorities to equal levels of management throughout the business.

    Career path is pretty non-existent. People are promoted so they can get higher pay levels (which tend to be lower than the industry average), when they really don't deserve the title change or promotion. So there are a tremendous amount os "Sr" this and that, and VP's with very little experience to justify their position.

    There is also a tremendous amount of internal nepotism. People get promoted via "relationships" and not really through critical performance. This is very demotivating. Many of the people who actually have talent tend to leave as soon as they discover the "culture" at Cardinal.

    If you are an ethnic minority, i highly recumbent that you reconsider your interest in this corporation. They have a tremendously long way to go to be competitive in many ways, from compensation to inclusion. Many minorities that join Cardinal simply leave due to the lack of opportunities available for them to grow and be fostered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mix the gene pool a little more. There is too much inbreeding and lack diversity both in leadership and employee composition. Focusing only on (white) women's initiatives solely does not provide the broader equity that continues to be lacking in the general population at Cardinal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    different

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    Former Employee - Pick, Pack & Stage  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pick, Pack & Stage in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay if you get what you ask for, good benefits, pto time off

    Cons

    work all holidays, long hours, mandatory overtime, lots of turnover from employees to management, best jobs are inbound jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keep trying

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst career move I had ever made!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    To be honest, I have a hard time finding pros in this company. My experience was horrible and so were those around me. I was worried bout leaving after less than a year but was lucky enough to get a way better opportunity to save me from this misery.

    Cons

    - Within my first 6 months, three senior leaders that were recruited from the outside were gone. Who got promoted? The people that lack innovation but drink the kool-aid...the people that have been with Cardinal for 20+ years and you know they wouldn't survive anywhere else. They moved up in the organization by kissing the tail of executives and intimidating their team members.
    - HR is useless. Management is manipulative, disrespectful, and very "blue-collar"
    -Unethical business practices
    - Several instances where I feel like I experienced HR violations but HR was not very reliable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to fulfill the concept of "Innovative Delivery Solutions", you need leaders that are innovative. Ones that can create and embrace a culture to change status quo in the company. Senior management needs to learn how to manage by other means besides intimidation. I have worked for other Fortune 500 companies and these "Cardinal-bred" leaders would not survive in any other organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, but everyone is expendable - no job security at all

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative  in  Radcliff, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Radcliff, KY

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great benefits, a lot of great co-workers, lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Lots of room for advancement, but they are good a promoting, and then doing away with that job within a few months- leaving you high and dry. About every 6 months, they clean house and go on a firing spree, and the higher your salary, the more likely it is you. within 2 weeks, my manager, my supervisor, and 2 other supervisors in our area were all fired, seems to me if there was that much of a problem with senior leadership, then maybe it is their boss that needs to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your leadership team. Fix that dump of a computer system that does not work. Quit constantly changing all of the processes, get it right, an make sure it is right, instead of changing it, then having to change it 15 more times to get it right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Training Function  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Training Function in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. Location was a plus for me. Benefits were okay. Other than that, it was a horrible experience.

    Cons

    Pay is abysmal. They are paying $10-20k less than other companies for the same job. And for a company that size, it's ridiculous. They clearly cater to the just-out-of-college group. Lots of age discrimination going on. Lots of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should respond when the ADA is violated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proceed With Caution

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    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Advisor in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being tied to the healthcare industry, there is a certain amount of stability with this company as opposed to other industries that are much more vulnerable to economic contractions. That being said, the dramatically changing landscape in healthcare can offer some challenges, but for the most part provides opportunity for Cardinal Health to become/remain a key player and find ways to add value.

    Cons

    Large organization that offers all the downside of corporate America. Bureaucracy, internal politics, political correctness, sycophants, and in general policies that supersede and ignore common sense. Just one big, lost in the shuffle, dehumanizing experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked for Cardinal Health for almost 4 years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I had a fantastic team and genuinely enjoyed the actual work.

    Cons

    There were bullies in the office that were never addressed; we had proof of certain people in upper management intentionally sabotage lower level employees they did not like and HR did absolutely nothing about it; I was expected to act in a manager role for 2 years (conducted interviews, wrote goals, performed the evaluations of department, etc.) without the proper job title or salary increase; at least 7 people were given secret promotions while the rest of our division was told there was a freeze on all hiring and promotions; One employee had health issues, but was out of PTO, when she needed surgery her boss told her she could not take any time off, so the next day she came into the office and ending up passing out and we had to call an ambulance - again HR did absolutely nothing. I could go on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified candidates instead of your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Stepping Stone

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    Current Employee - Advocate  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Advocate in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to start out and learn the industry but move on....

    Cons

    Toxic workload and work-life balance is way off..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Funny how the critical skill needed is communication yet management is the worst on communicating anything...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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