Cardinal Health

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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
463 Reviews
3.2
463 Reviews
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Cardinal Health Chairman & CEO George S. Barrett
George S. Barrett
243 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance and supportive of community causes (in 31 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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  1.  

    Ok at first

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Committed team
    Clients were great
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Grueling physical work
    Low salaries compared to work demands
    Hours can be long on projects
    Some managers act like dictators and are unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you started and don't think you are better than your staff

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

    Horrible Company To Work For - Employee Beware

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    PTO and benefits were good - 3 weeks vacation after year 2

    Cons

    Horrible Management
    Management couldn't care less about you as a person
    Management plays favoritism - No matter how much a "favorite" did wrong, they never were in trouble, yet others were fired over it (this happened more than I can count on 2 hands)
    Once you're in your position you'll never be able to get promoted. Best you will do is a lateral move with no bump in salary.
    Some people have been stuck for over 6 YEARS in their current position!
    You get "black balled" if you are good at your job, your current managers will not allow you to leave the department. They will get you all caught up in red tape if you try to take a job out of the center you work in.
    They take people who are not qualified (outsiders) over people who have been working in a similar capacity over you for a promotion.
    Management does not listen to the group as a whole.
    Don't expect to have a voice in this company. If you speak your mind or have an opinion about a process, you will more than likely get a write up. Happened to everyone around me. 3 writeups for something as simple as that, and you're gone.
    Be prepared to be a robot! Individualism is not welcome here.
    Just a horrible place to work.
    Virtually no parking anywhere on facility. Be prepared to walk about 1/4 mile to get to the building.
    Best advice - Get in and get out quickly.
    I could continue on and on, but I think the point has been made this is NOT a place you want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back.. Go on Undercover Boss - Learn how your lower level "worker bee" employees REALLY feel about the company. Quit giving out employee surveys when you honestly have no intention of doing anything WITH them!

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

    Independently Minded Need Not Apply

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    * Great place to work, if you like a steady routine.
    * Above average benefits package

    Cons

    * Disconnect between management and staff
    * Management has been known to operate with a certain degree of incompetence.
    * Predominantly cliquish, with strong enforcement of keeping the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer the opportunity for employees to provide critical feedback of how Cardinal Health can become more efficient as a company, and more sensitive to employee concerns. It should be required that management staff posses a college degree, rather than mere children be given the keys to the castle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    They don't have a clue

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    What you do as a specialist helps other people.

    Cons

    Senior Management does not explain their actions. A major RIF just occurred and the "roll out" of the event was horrible. Local management was told when and who to fire. People were let go with over 10 years in the company. There seemed to be no sense in who they let go. Everything is about the bottom line. They are so revenue driven they forget real people do the work and real people have to service the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect goes a long way and your people are not stupid. You are accountable for your actions to both shareholders AND your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cardinal Health - Avoid working here if you are a professional in your field and you want to keep your skills sharp!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Benifits are good. That's it!

    Cons

    There is a huge communication gap between the senior management and the functional management. There doesn't seem to be a coherent plan or common vision. It's almost as if there are individual little companies within the San Diego site; each doing whatever they want to do. There is also not enough accountability in this company!!!!! People don't have to have appropriate skills or education for thier jobs and people are promoted to management positions when they have NO experience in the field necessary for thier team. It's extremely frustrating if you ARE an educated, trained professional and you are unfortunate enough to work for someone who has NO IDEA what the best practices are for your field and are not willing to invest the time to learn, listen, or follow-through with actions. I see this situation a lot in the San Diego site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves!!!!!!! We need good leaders who know how to unite and communicate with the troops!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cardinal Health does not value its people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cardinal Health

    Pros

    Name recogition in the industry.

    Cons

    Mgmt is completely non supportive and ineffective in the Finance department. Also HR is in Ohio and if you have an issue you get to call an 866 # and talk to people who know nothing about CA law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value all of your people not just Sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    One day somebody is going to drive this company to reach its potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Some real talent! Cordial people. Great to have onsite cafeteria. With their town halls, I believe senior management makes a real effort to communicate. Between the Dublin infrastructure and Chicagoland's ability to attract world class talent the two campus structure really works.
    Process driven. Agree with a lot of the other reviews that the paperwork is tremendous but, it's necessary because it includes the optimal steps to accomplish tasks that a lot of people worked very hard to get right (fully compliant, recognized within both CAH's and its customer's systems, GPO pricing, reach every call point, forecasted so we have product in the distribution center, etc.).
    The training that went into category management brought some new practices across the business and a near unified team in terms of implementation.

    Cons

    Because of the international product development pipeline and the supply chain, the need for frequent nightly phone calls can cause long hours. Most of us understood and assumed that our efforts were recognized.
    Pay is below average compared to other medical distribution or medical device companies.
    Lot of 30-40 something ticket punching, know it all, Director's and VP's who can't identify a single staff member they've developed to a higher level. While they bring some excellent tools to the organization it's hard to measure the impact of them complaining about their boss's title over drinks when the required annual review and semi-annual goal setting is the only time they will discuss career development with their own direct reports.
    Nepotism rules! Promotions are awarded based upon who you know rather than how you performed.
    Recognition for hard work is sometimes stolen-besides upper management presentations where credit was claimed I heartbreakingly witnessed a company award go to an individual for entirely someone else's work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the Voice of Employee survey's. Lots of talking people "off the ledge" every time these are done but the truth's shouldn't be ignored. You have a real issue in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd levels of management and lack of HR presence in Waukegan. Workplace bullies exist at all three levels, have been unchecked, and you lost some very good people due to these circumstances. HR absenteeism usually results in the subordinate being forced out of the organization instead of separating the two people.
    Get real about where you want to take this business. Too many competing agendas. Starting at the top, get rid of the people including the "brown nosers" who aren't working each and every day towards achieving your vision. Consider bringing back some former high achievers who know the way to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great on boarding process but terrible growth opportunity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Product Data Management  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Product Data Management in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training process. Extremely thorough training process. The company stands for great values, consistent encouragement of all employees to further their careers.

    Cons

    Working as a contractor should allow for greater chance of being brought on full time. Very un-transparent of open possibilities. Little effort to help you network and further your career. All talk, no walk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work to death

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Cardinal Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    You work constantly without ever getting a break. Your commission is never right. Work just keeps getting piled on every day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start leaving your offices and get in the trenches. Actually talk to your employees and learn their names . You have no idea what is going on in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing experience, lessons learned

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

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

    Pros

    Paid time off is generous 3 weeks to start
    Benefits better than average
    Work life balance depends on your manager and their expectations.

    Cons

    Compensation is well below industry average
    No autonomy
    Leadership... its a man's world
    Too many open regions with no back up for reps covering multiple areas.
    Unrealistic quotas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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