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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
516 Reviews
3.2
516 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Micromanagement, Bureaucracy, Office Politics, and Red Tape

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very structured, slow moving environment, where everyone is convinced to give their engagement before any project moves forward.
    Heavy on meetings for those that like to speak excessively.

    Cons

    All growth is accomplished through acquisitions of smaller companies having the desired functional area/clients with little or no investing in training or growth of existing staff / structure.
    Most managers seem to be generic project managers (usually PMP certified) who know little or nothing about those they manage.
    Temp contractors are used extensively and usually paid far more than permanent employees.
    Bureaucracy and silo-ed teams ensure no task is accomplished quickly, efficiently, or properly.
    Total meeting duration runs greater than 1M hours annually across the enterprise (as displayed by the Time-tracking systems).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management counts by 50% and only promote qualified people.
    Stop hiring contractors for every new task.
    Trust the workers to get work done and stop micromanaging.
    Actually promote people that aren't in the management track...instead of continually hiring more managers for everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very disorganized, with poor system implementation and operation. Bad management with little to no operating skills.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Radcliff, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Radcliff, KY

    I worked at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Good benefits, Decent pay, Nice building

    Cons

    Poor systems, bad management, bully tactics, daily threats from mgmt. No job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit looking at the numbers, listen to the employees. FIX the systems. Management, get a hint....if you have to bring in counselors and massage therapists to help with stress in the building, there is a problem. Your not always right. Stop threatening the employees, this only proves you do not know how to manage. Quit misleading on the companies future, I was there when we were told Cardinal Health would never send jobs overseas (by corporate mngmt at a Town Hall event), and 3 years later you are laying off dozens upon dozens of employees due to jobs being shipped to oversea call centers. For the last year of my employment, I witnessed on average 3 employees a week break down in tears or just get up and leave due to an impossible demanding workload and overbearing supervisors. When I worked at the Radcliff facility, we were nearly 500 strong......now maybe 200 and getting smaller every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Used to be it was related to healthcare,

    Cons

    Extremely poorly managed. Retaliation and fear a big part of how they operate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    In the technical field its Bizarro World

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in a technical area with a very good team and a good group manager. The benefits were good.

    Cons

    The subordinate management is beyond poor. The company, like many others, is penny wise and pound foolish. Instead of thoroughly testing and tuning a new application, they cram the entire world into these warehouses and keep them there 24/7 for weeks when a new application goes online. They offshore a TON of their work even though they get what they pay for. The company does not listed to its employees at all. They finally instituted a suggestion program that is complete eyewash as they had accepted and deployed not ONE suggestion after almost a year. You could easily do an hour hour week if on call. Complain and they would replace you with cheap imported H1B labor in a heartbeat. Application managers won't do anything to improve the god awful performance of their apps as they are deathly afraid something breaks on their watch. I would get call in the middle of the night from offshore people who literally spoke NO English.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce offshore employees, listen to your employees. HR runs all departments with a politically correct gestapo mentality. Might want to take a look at that. Might want to try hiring more Americans and you wouldn't have to hide all the foreigners you employ in the Smith Bldg warehouse away from your corporate HQ,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    worst decision to join

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Health as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is no pro on this company , or the manager. and no one deserve to get credit and positive feedback

    Cons

    politics .... politics .... politics ....
    Politics rules ... they do not care anything about their job and pay... no respect to contract... To all contractors avoid joining... as contractors they are not supposed to ask questions to employees... the employees will not give any information.... they will not even tell where the source code... and the manager,,, they are jokers. here the team manages the manager ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the office polictics... respect the contractors... just to keep your job do not play with the contractors...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    supervisor creates hostile work environment; out to get attitude; not cooperative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH

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

    Pros

    company as a whole is very good

    Cons

    supervisors have no supervision from corporate, make their own policies, use racially discriminatory language. due to bad job market, everyone is afraid to speak out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure that the supervisors are applying company policies, not their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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