Cardno Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Project Biologist

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cardno as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work in various locations, variety of projects and experiences.

    Cons

    Irregular work for bill time only employees, poor HR and IT support. Would not work on salary- over worked and under paid.

  2. Like my office and region, don't like the Cardno bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I like my co-workers, our office culture, and the types of projects. It can get busy at times but our office values a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Our office is very top heavy so it's hard to get much project management experience. Also, most of the top-down initiatives that come from corporate Cardno don't add anything to our bottom line. It was better before we were purchased by Cardno.

  3. Helpful (2)

    International Development Consulting Firm - hard work, low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Development Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cardno full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people, shared values, collaborative work environment, many in-house training opportunities

    Cons

    high stress, overloaded with work, underpaid, cannot avoid writing proposals which includes long hours, weekends & stress caused by tight deadlines and review panels.

    Advice to Management

    Try to strike more balance with work/life balance

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Solid company

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

    I have been working at Cardno

    Pros

    The Hours are very flexible

    Cons

    Company is under supervised needs help in that area

    Advice to Management

    Work on supervision

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good people, aggressive management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Cardno

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable staff scientists. Learned a lot in a short time working in the field with Sr Scientists. Great work environment, family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Overbearing senior management. Questionable judgement. Leadership through orders not example. Ethically, I did not feel good about the impacts of our work.

    Advice to Management

    Call it how it is, not just how the client wants it to be.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Fun but Irritating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist

    I worked at Cardno full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Variety of jobs, option to travel, good people.

    Cons

    Beware the office culture if you are a field scientist (biologist/archaeologist) Office culture is out of touch with field workers and their needs. Even if on an individual level they do their best to accommodate you while in the field, the guidelines for expense reimbursement and inconsistencies in what is reimburseable are quite a hassle.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify your expense reporting and provide opportunities for junior level employees to learn and grow. Trust us. We are capable of more than you give us credit for. Pay should increase/decrease with performance reviews. Unfortunately, this is not the case,

  8. Helpful (10)

    Not the Time to Be Working at Cardno

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

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Large corporation that managed to weather the economic storm of 2008 - present. Strong suite of services (some are commendable).

    Cons

    May be a good company to work for - in about five years. This is a word of warning to potential employees: Let the dust settle before you risk working for a company that's still trying to find its north star. Top management talks a good talk, but it becomes clear after the gloss fades that their lofty goals are based on dollars in their back pockets, with no anticipated trickle-down effect to the workers. Vertical accountability with no teamwork makes for a difficult work environment. If you need professional mentoring, look elsewhere. It's every man/woman for him/herself right now.

    Advice to Management

    We see potential "lifetime" career-minded employees at all levels jumping ship. Your growth goals are impressive, getting there with your current employees would be much more impressive. Blaming your missed company-wide goals on the economic environmental has become a lame (worn-out) excuse. Blaming it on the reduction of an environmental-response (i.e. short term) project makes you appear short-sighted. Blaming it on the weather makes you appear that you didn't know how to "save for a rainy day."

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good

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

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    amount of work too much for one person

    Cons

    team members aren't that friendly

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, but horrible pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Cardno part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    very flexible, Co-workers are great to work with, office environment is great. Willing to spend money on new equipment, which cuts down on field work time.

    Cons

    The pay is awful, never recognized for hard work. After being bought out a lot of higher management is jumping ship.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Great Colleagues, But International Company Makes it Hard to Feel The Love

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, interesting projects. Love the culture in my particular office. Relaxed atmosphere and flexible hours when needed are GREATLY appreciated!! The company has previously been very understanding of employee work-life balance needs which is particularly important for people with small children. By far, this is the best aspect of the company. Since being acquired by Cardno, these pros have remained, but we'll see if they are changed as the merger finalizes. The benefits package is fairly standard but pretty good, in my opinion. Salaries are so-so.

    Cons

    Large, aggressive company that is focused on purchasing and merging rather than on retaining current employees. Short-sighted upper management uses performance metrics that are not based in reality to make snap decisions about lay-offs then find later that they've laid off people they need for projects that were already on the horizon.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring freezes and salary freezes are hard to understand from the worker-bee point of view, particularly when the company continues seeking and acquiring smaller companies. A year and a half of sporadic lay-offs is demoralizing and does not result in loyalty. Try to keep the best parts of the companies you're acquiring - like the excellent work-life balance that ENTRIX employees have enjoyed.

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