Cardinal Health

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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
458 Reviews
3.2
458 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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  1.  

    I have learned a lot regarding their medical products.

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    Current Employee - Administration  in  El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Administration in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love the work I do I have learned so much regarding the product itself and the importance this medical products are for when we are hospitalized.

    Cons

    What I don't like about this company is there is so much favoritism. They value the people that brown nose and gossip. They are very unfair never praise the good workers. Management is really very bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need improve. The management personnel need to be replaced. They have to many favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid if you can

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    Current Employee - Technician I, Chemical/Pharmaceutical Operations (Nights)  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Technician I, Chemical/Pharmaceutical Operations (Nights) in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is full time employment. It can be entry level employment for someone who just graduated college in Chemistry or Biology. You won't do much actual chemistry and biology and the skillset you gain won't be very applicable outside this niche area of PET drug manufacturing. But you will gain work experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in manufacturing operations.

    Cons

    I was told in my interview that starting pay is $17/hr for Tech I in PET but that it would raise as soon as I got AU certified. I asked how long it takes to get AU certified and was told 6 weeks. Do not believe this. The course takes 6 weeks but it takes several months before you can take the course + six weeks + several months to receive the certification. Then you won't actually get promoted when you get certified. They will make you wait until you are on the site license, which takes another several months to apply for and another several months to wait for approval from the state. Then your supervisor will tell you he will promote you, but will not actually do it. You will get strung along. You will wait for your promotion to get announced but it won't happen. When you question him about it, he will tell you that AU certification is only one factor in promotion and it is discretionary based on the manager's assessment of things like "leadership ability". But your manager only sees you for anywhere from 5 min to an hour per day because you are a third shift employee (10pm start - when you get AU certified you will work opening for some amount of time) and he is a first shift employee (7am start and he stays in his office outside the lab a majority of the time).

    You will open the site by yourself unsupervised for two hours, then act as a shift lead, generally with the newest employee for another 3 hours, you will perform production, perform sterility, do your paperwork, all without supervision - but when it comes to promotion, the goal posts repeatedly shift further back, and you don't meet the "requirements". In your performance review, your manager will blame you for "not taking the initiative" to become qualified in Amyvid processes, even though that is something that has to be scheduled because it is performed concurrently with your other tasks. This is a trend - your manager will shift blame as much as possible to the least common denominator, which is you.

    Then when you finally do get promoted between a year and a year and a half later (if you last that long without getting fed up), you will be making $19/hr as a Tech II. In the mean time you will put up with a work environment in which you essentially will be expected to be on-call, and your starting time can vary dramatically by 6 hours or more on only a few hours notice. This happened to me many times. Your manager will either not make a schedule or will make a schedule that is meaningless practically as soon as it is made on a regular basis. You may be expected to be in another state across the country on less than 24 hrs notice to cover for another site (if your site's staffing is adequate and depending on what you are qualified in). When you are sent somewhere, you will have to front the money for your hotel, for your rental car, and the rest of your expenses. Cardinal will reimburse you eventually, but for someone making $17/hr, it will be difficult to have that kind of money in your bank account to allocate to these expenses while you have other bills to pay.

    You will work some form of third shift whether it is 10pm or midnight or 2am 3am 4am - it will vary, and the more you are qualified in, the more it will vary. You will work weekends also. You will be miserable.

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

    Started off great but after a number of reorganizations it fell off quickly

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Pharmacy Service
    Former Employee - Nuclear Pharmacy Service

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

    Pros

    R&D/Product Development was filled with great leadership that cared for the individual and continuously looked to develop individuals. After a major reorganization,the new leadership got rid of those managers and kept the ones that lacked any real development skills.

    Cons

    Leadership was a revolving door and the main cause of that is the Quality group. Instead of being a support functions they were throwing up road blocks for anyone outside of their group. Most of these road blocks were promises that were way overblown because of their lack of knowledge of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix the Quality management and leadership for the sake of the current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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