Cardinal Health

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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.2 427 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Cardinal Health Chairman & CEO George S. Barrett

George S. Barrett

(227 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance and supportive of community causes(in 30 reviews)

  • Good benefits, clean work environment, strong Management Team(in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • While encouraged, there will be times when work-life balance is not very balanced(in 20 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance, long hours, management is ever-changing, lots of turnover(in 16 reviews)

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    Cardinal is not a Premier employer

    Desktop Consultant (Current Employee) Jacksonville, TX

    ProsIt is a place to work.

    ConsThere is no flow of information.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cardinal - The biggest US company you've never heard of...

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCardinal is in an industry that is stable.

    ConsCardinal Health is a huge company with over 80 billion in yearly sales revenue... yet 9 out of 10 people on the street know nothing about Cardinal because it does not service the consumer market. Beyond Cardinal's base business (80%) of pharmaceutical and supply distribution, Cardinal was built on acquisitions. Each company used to operate autonomously under the Cardinal umbrella until 2002. The transition for employees to a single "Cardinal Health" company has been difficult - - new benefit plans, information systems etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working on bringing the various Cardinal companies together with a coherent product offering across all businesses.

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    Working at Cardinal Health

    Director (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsCardinal Health is one of the premier companies in the Health Care Industry and provides tremendous opportunities for employees willing to work hard. Cardinal is very open to moving employees across different functions which provides employees to develop both the breadth and depth to move into senior management roles.

    ConsOne of the challenges is the dynamic nature of the health care industry and constant changes can be disconcerting sometimes. The other challenge is the lack of training for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementComplete transparency will really help out the employees in understanding the vision of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Good and Bad of Cardinal Health

    Manager (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCardinal is a large company so there are a variety of positions available. The benefits are very competitive with a great 401k matching.

    ConsInformation sharing at Cardinal is horrible. The company is basically a holding company for many different businesses that have been purchased independently. While they are trying to become "one cardinal", information sharing is dismal. For instance, if I want to know all the cardinal business taking place at one customer, there is no way for me to know this. There is no corporate-wide CRM. For a company this size, I believe it's one of the reasons why we are not more successful. As in many companies, advancement is less a factor of skill than it is corporate politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to be more in touch with their customers and the employees interfacing with those customers. Senior leadership has lost touch of what is important for the customer.

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    Summer job observations

    Pharmacy Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are a morning person (i.e. 2 am until 10 am) you can get your work done early, however, you rotate to days which throws off your routine. The benefits are good and their seems to be some room for growth. The drugs are simple to familiarize with and they are only a few to know.

    ConsRadiation exposure, laws and regulation regarding the transport of such items.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your local pharmacies a little more pricing power. Cardinal seems inflexible to allow local phamraices to adapt to their local markets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They could be a great company if they got a plan and executed it.

    Senior IT Auditor (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsIn a large company like Cardinal Health (3,000 employees in Columbus, Ohio alone and 600 locations nationwide), there are plenty of different jobs and places to go for those that like a challenging work environment. Lots of job opening and opportunities for advancement in the Columbus headquarters.

    ConsThey can't see to get their act together and focus. While benefits are good, they underpay and the merit raise process is terrible. If you barely meet your expectations, you get a 3% raise; if you are one of the hardest working people in the company, 5% raise. For non management, and even to some degree lower and middle management, there is absolutely no incentive to work hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave any of you guys ever actually read "Good to Great" (our CEO Kerry Clark claims to), "Build to Last", or any business 101 books? You need to stop screwing your employees over (like canceling everyone's merit increases) to try to meet wall street numbers. I understand that your job is to create value for the stockholders. If you take care of your employees first though, you will be. Happy employees, means great service to your customers, which in turn means customers are happy and profitable, which in turn creates shareholder value. Instead, by screwing over your employees for short term stock gains, you are creating a workforce that no longer cares about the company or the customer and are just interested in doing the bare minimum to stay employed until they find a better job somewhere else.

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    Communications Consultant (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsWith the changes that Cardinal Health has seen in the past few months, there my be quite a few opportunites for substantial growth coming soon. The inclusion of George Barrett has provided clarity around objectives in the pharmaceutical segment, as well as needed leadership. The posibilities of a spin-off of the clinical products segment leaves possibilities of a very dynamic, high margin company leveraging some well known brands in the healthcare marketplace.

    ConsWith a history of growth-by-acquisition that Cardinal Health has leveraged, one can easily get lost in the complexities of the individual businesses. Cardinal Health is a corporate environment and as such can be a bit stuffy although steps have been recently to make executives more accessible such as removing office space and restricting cubical size for middle management. In moves to restrict operating costs individual perks such as technology updates and travel have been restricted, although recent pledges by CEO Kerry Clark have promised re-investing in the infrastructure to catch and surpass our competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith the recent changes of structure, delay of performance compensation and announcement of a possible spin-off of the clinical products segment, it is time for a real morale boost within the Corporate offices. It is time to announce the end of restructuring for the time-being. It is difficult to be focused, dynamic and creative when one is worrying about one's position being removed or relocated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cardinal Health... good company... steady pay... becoming more corporate by the day.

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsBig Company.. lot's of money to spend. Haven't experienced ridiculous penny pinching, YET. Overall its a good company... the best I've worked at so far. As long as you dig heads down and shut-up along with a steady paycheck you're good... what else is there really?

    ConsBig Company... often isolated and detached form other business units. IT support is a joke... shared services model. Probably could do with getting rid of poor performers a little more... though they might very well have their hands tied by the people's republic of California.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet down in the trenches and smell the dirt... same as anywhere else though. Personally, I see a need for management to become more detail oriented and empathetic to realities and complexity of mundane daily business processes. Making the "white board" come to life takes more work and time than drawing it with markers. Like I said pretty much the same everywhere I've been... BONUS FIRST!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Looking forward to the spin off!

    Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosthe industry and because it's in San Diego!

    ConsThe HQ is in Ohio so opportunity can be limited!

    Advice to Senior ManagementAward greatly for over exceed work and continue the COMMUNICATIONS of events, opportunities and challenges, and be more flexible with employees by offering FLEXTIME to employees...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cardinal Health is a good place to work for someone looking to play the game.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsCardinal is a very large and stable corporation that is continuing to grow. Their benefits package is very employee friendly and is better than most companies. If you want to advance at Cardinal Health you better be ready to play the political game on a daily basis as it is a large part of the culture. Other than that it is a great place to work with more than ample opportunities to continue your career advancement. The other employees at Cardinal are very friendly and always willing to help out when needed, Cardinal is a great family oriented place to work.

    ConsThere is a real political feel about the way situations are handled that can be daunting to those that are not ready for it. Management can also be slow to make needed improvements in policies and procedures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere seem to be a lot of changes that are made just to make changes and not with good reasoning behind them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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