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Cardno Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
64 Reviews
2.8
64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting projects and good people to work with on a daily basis (in 5 reviews)

  • The variety of projects I was involved in was pretty good (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't care about their employees anymore (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of pressure to perform on your own the Business development staff is very weak (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but Irritating

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist

    I worked at Cardno full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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."

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

    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)

    Pros

    amount of work too much for one person

    Cons

    team members aren't that friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, but horrible pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    People are great, company is ok

    • 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)

    Pros

    Co-workers and immediate leadership are great.

    Cons

    The constant upheaval from the parent company trying to get organized makes it very difficult to get your job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience, No job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - On-Call Archaeologist
    Former Employee - On-Call Archaeologist

    I worked at Cardno part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was able to travel to various locations for work, work with great people, and learn new things.

    Cons

    Unsure when a project would end and a new one would begin. Lack of communication!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help create a more dynamic work environment with a company who cares about their employees, create better means of communication, and pay us better!

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company for starting a engineering career at.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent technical capacity, and talented senior engineers.

    Cons

    Limited growth space for senior engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let senior professionals to participate in the company leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Diverse work, no promotion track

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

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people that I work with and the diversity of projects that I am able to work on.

    Cons

    Hard to break into new networks, no promotion track, minimal salary increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees, take time to get to know employees better in order to understand the amount of talent available within the company, appreciate employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Plenty of freedom, poor leadership

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    This is a steady job with a steady income. There is a lot of freedom in this office to create your own schedule and work style.

    Cons

    This office lacks leadership and useful training. In a entry level position I have found it difficult to gain skills or direction for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the time in to properly train your new employees. Training mudules do not replace leadership and strong project managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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