Cardinal Health

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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
520 Reviews
3.2
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Cardinal Health Chairman & CEO George S. Barrett
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is very fair, excellent people in the finance organization (in 36 reviews)

  • good pay if you get what you ask for, good benefits, pto time off (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • While encouraged, there will be times when work-life balance is not very balanced (in 22 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance, long hours, management is ever-changing, lots of turnover (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for in central ohio.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Company culture is great. Coworkers are the best of the best.

    Cons

    Low starting pay if you begin your career here

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cardinal Health is Is great for intro to medical devices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time

    Pros

    There is decent amount of paid time off given when first starting and the benefits are good. Most business functions have flexible hours to accommodate various schedules. Opportunity to work with a variety of product lines to gain experience.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover rate, unstable business units with constant reorganizations every few months. It is difficult for advancement and there is no focus on career growth/development. It's not a typical 8-5 job for marketing, sales, R&D, and quality units. There are several conference calls at nights to work with international teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to engage their employees to keep them motivated and excited to work for Cardinal Health.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid if you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    etl developer / lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time

    Pros

    opportunity to learn is immense

    Cons

    un satisfactory mid level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    PTO, Work life balance, talented people, most colleagues willing to sit with you to share knowledge (not manager) foster idea of collaboration.

    Cons

    Been with the company for 8 years and had 7 manager. Re-org constantly believing that will keep the company fresh and new but really more confusing with no clear sense of direction. Manager only care about their next opportunity not about your growth or development. You have to have friends and family membership to get a promotion. Individuals are hand selected to be shoe in- if you not in the club no point in applying for another position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your emerge and lead participants are not the only candidate fit for the job. You have very talented people that are under utilized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Transitional Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Health as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you are already an employee. They give first preference to internal hires who are trying to move to another department.

    Cons

    If you not already an employee of Cardinal, it is hard to get an interview, especially right now with all of the transitions going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more for outside candidates. They may add value and a different point of view on how things can be accomplished and same the company money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good at first but not a great career opportunity to advance without a degree.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate II in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Paid time off and the people.

    Cons

    Raises are terrible, some people don't even get a raise,to much micro managing, to much lrts and six sigma practices that overpower the actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a greedy fortune 500 company that makes billions a year and slim down the six sigma and actually care about the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than average comp/benefits. Senior Management ???

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Will allow people to come in and work their way up without having industry experience. Pay is better than average. Benefits pretty good overall.

    Cons

    HQ needs more insight as to what goes on and bring in more true leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to carefully review the operation, people, and management. Certain areas are pulling the weight and profitability while those areas that are unprofitable are getting the resources. Although that is sometimes necessary, the length of time (years) this has been going on for is unacceptable. CARDINAL HEALTH SPD

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

    Dedication and career advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Field Service in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Field Service in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The tasks may be difficult at times, but it is clear that everyone is dedicated to fulfilling our commitments to our customers. I have found that with dedication, the advancement is there. You may have to be willing to relocate to seek out that growth, but it is surely there.

    Cons

    Our dedication to our commitments may at times interfere with life and work balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue leading us to success, continue seeking future leaders among the ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive but corporate is out of touch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director
    Current Employee - IT Director

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company values, lots of opportunities across the country, stable, most people are nice and upstanding

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is unreal. Corporate runs the show and won't listen to the people on the front lines. The pervasive attitude in IT is that whatever leadership says goes...even if it adversely impacts the field or customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could dramatically increase the bottom line if you focused on increasing customer satisfaction. In the eyes of many customers we are not as great as Dublin wants us to believe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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