CDS Global Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful co-workers!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at CDS Global full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As a former long term employee, I thought that people were wonderful to work and had a great deal of knowledge to share. The clients were also good to work with and it was great to continually learn new things as industry needs changed. Good benefits and great to work with people that care for others.

    Cons

    As the industry changed and right sizing took place with the clients and company, work loads became heavy and sometimes lopsided. Growth opportunities weren't always available and as industry changed, felt that position could be in jeopardy down the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to employees and define growth paths. I had a great team but know not all teams were good to work on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OK - Little advancement

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Boone, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boone, IA

    I have been working at CDS Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about the company used to be the benefits, although the "paid time off" is skewed. Sick time has to be made up even with a doctors note, regardless, or you will be "written up" and non-excused. This is even the case if you have paid time off coming. All vacation / sick time / personal time has to be used before you go on short-term disability if the need arises after surgery and you opt for the coverage.

    Cons

    Training is sufficient, depending on who is doing the training, unless you want to learn new things, then it is very minimal at best. Very little chance for advancement within the company unless you learn how to think within the realm of allowances according to management. Management becomes untouchable once you show your ability to think on your own and advancement becomes nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize that each individual is unique, and some even have the desire to succeed within the company without having to adopt a robot mentality and artificial cookie-cutter personality. Commend employees based on their individual abilities and intelligence, and not based on whether they fit the pre-described "dime a dozen" cardboard mindset.

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

    Okay place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDS Global

    Pros

    Experience, long term employees who know what they are doing. A few years ago, company went to every day being jeans friday.

    Cons

    Company is too fast paced anymore. People are constanly walking and on their phones at the same time checking e-mails. Company lost it's Iowa roots a long time ago. Too many orginzational changes that makes it hard to figure out who's where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability in Business Solutions.

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  5.  

    Nice people but company still in the dark ages

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDS Global full-time

    Pros

    People are generally pretty nice. not a lot of competition within teams which leads to good working relationships. Started hiring people with outside experience. Very involved in charities and donating time and money.

    Cons

    Company is very old fashioned and slow - kind of like a factory environment. Too many employees that have been there their entire career and that have no other experience to bring. Only recently started allowing jeans or business casual attire, still on Lotus notes for several applications. Pay is not very competitive. Lots of lower level employees with little experience to do the job they are in. Little to no opportunity for growth and promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better. Find people with experience. Pay them more so that they want to join the company and want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good, stable work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDS Global full-time

    Pros

    Although they had layoffs when acquired by Hearst, they are a stable company with quite a few long term employees.
    Very technologically savvy company.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters are a little dank.

  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at CDS Global full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, low stress environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    pay might be on the lower end of the industry for like jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    programmer analyst

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at CDS Global full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    best learning experience and awesome place to work

    Cons

    i did not see any

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company needs to focus on employee retention.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDS Global

    Pros

    Varied shifts/hours to accommodate school or other obligations. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available.

    Cons

    High turnover in customer service. Management, leads and trainers show favoritism and do not foster personal/professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Efforts should be focused on employee retention. Training new staff is costly and constant turnover hurts morale. Happy employees are productive employees. Consider the people who are promoted and the reasons why they are promoted. If it is only based on seniority, they should not be placed in a leadership position. Leaders need to build up their staff and colleagues not intimidate and break their spirit. Match skills with business needs and everyone will be happier.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low yearly raises 1 to 3 percent, expect top performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at CDS Global for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They have good benefits which go up every year.

    Cons

    Managers and supervisors are rude likes to hire part time no benefits with promise to hire on full time in 6 months but could take much longer. To many bosses telling you what to do very stressful place to work can be very busy at times or very slow when slow sent home no pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Great Environment To Work and Innovate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at CDS Global full-time

    Pros

    Aside from the little perks, CDS Global is not a company that is complacent. Although it is not as fast as I would like, CDS Global's heart is to create innovative solutions with either existing or new technology for their customers. Although some systems are old, they are reliable for the company as well as our customers - providing benefit for both. CDS Global is, however, investing heavily in new systems/technology to drive the company forward which is a good indicator of the health of the company.

    The majority of the people that work at CDS Global care about the work and each other. Although, there is a focus on profit, it is done in a way that is not cut-throat. It is more of a team mentality, focusing on a goal.

    Cons

    There seems to be a gap between "great employees" and "not-so-great" employees that is larger than I would like. It would be nice to fill that gap with "ok employees" and continue to strive for "greatest employees".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more risk, and try to get products to market faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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