Cardinal Solutions

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Cardinal Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.8 38 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Cardinal Solutions President & CEO Kelly P Conway

Kelly P Conway

(29 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Work Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work environment and culture is great. They have monthly happy hours after hours, annual family outings and other fun activities where you can get to know your co-workers working at other client sites.

    ConsThe process of assigning consultants to client projects could use some improvement. Consultants need to be placed on projects that highlights their skill sets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp sales team improve assignment process. Evaluate turn-over rate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFun culture, lots of learning, significant projects in domains that matter. Genuine interest in making the company better. Hires / promotes from within. Smart people to work with. Well-liked by clients. Cool wellness and culture activities.

    ConsHave to make the most of your opportunities. Sometimes best assignments are timing related.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to grow new geographies and disciplines. Replicate the success of the Microsoft partnership to other vendors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work with good knowledgeable people and various different projects in different industries. Get to work with the leading edge technology.

    ConsSometimes there is not enough up front support from sales. I.E. you get to fulfill an inaccurate SOW and don't get much flexibility once you're with a client.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdd a way to so sales reviews based on the accuracy of the SOWs that consultants work against.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It used to be good, but has gone down hill

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsThe people that I work directly with are usually great
    Health insurance is good - small deductible

    ConsThe good managers are no longer with the company
    The account managers don't know about technology, but they are in charge of proposals and clients - some get upset when they are corrected about technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more breadth, instead of just depth, when it comes to clients

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Outstanding Culture, Extremely Understanding, Modest Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1) The culture at Cardinal is second to none. I've worked at many different places and never have I gotten along with and enjoyed the company of the folks I work with at Cardinal. Since starting at Cardinal I've turned down multiple job offers with substantially hire pay because I can't bring myself to leave the culture of Cardinal behind for the stuffiness of some run-of-the-mill IT firm.

    2) Need to work from home? No problem. Need to leave early for a doctor's appoint? Hope you feel better! Not feeling productive on a Wednesday and want to make up some time on the weekend. Sounds good. Cardinal is unlike any other company I've worked for when it comes to leniency and understanding. They care a lot less about the hours you work and a lot more about the quality of the deliverables.

    3) There are lots of social events and ample opportunities to get to know your coworkers. There are monthly happy hours, the company picnic, night at the Reds game, the holiday party, practice meetings, lunch and learns, sports leagues, and more and all of it is paid for in full by the company. Before joining Cardinal, I came from (what I thought was) a fairly laid back, social company but Cardinal has blown that perception away with how much effort they put towards events like this.

    Cons1) The pay is modest. Off the top of my head I know of several folks (myself included) who know for a fact they're very underpaid. That said, for a lot of us, the culture and other intangibles of working at Cardinal make up for this.

    2) I can echo some of the sentiment from other reviews here in that there seems to be a limited amount of "senior" personnel - folks who can act as authorities on various subjects. There are a lot of good people at Cardinal but sometimes it's hard finding someone with a ton of experience and expertise to lean on when you need to learn and learn quickly.

    3) Standardization and "process" is still an issue at Cardinal. For example, we recently just "updated" our intranet but even after the update it's not clear where to store project information, where to do wiki pages or documents explaining various technologies or experiences at clients. we also have blogging capability on our company site but it hasn't been communicated at all how someone should "officially" go about contributing to the blog. Unless you're a CQ5 developer with access to the CQ environments, you're at the mercy of manually emailing or stopping by offices to try and see how you can contribute.

    4) Retention is a serious problem in my opinion. Cardinal spends a lot of money and time on recruiting to get fresh talent in the door but they let outstanding employees walk away simply because of money (in most cases). I can name off several people off the top of my head, just from the last two years, who absolutely loved Cardinal but left for a substantial pay raise.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Standardize, enforce process, communicate this to everyone and do so repeatedly. There should be an official process on how to contribute to Cardinal's blog site. There should be very clear explanations out there on how the new portal is organized and where to put things. Cardinal did this a while back with the employee review process. They reorganized it, communicated exactly how it works, put an official process in place and have, for the most part, been following it fairly well. DO MORE OF THIS.

    2) Work on retention more than you work on recruiting. Recruiting is important, no doubt, but you wouldn't be so desperate for quality talent if you would put some serious effort into retaining the talent you already have. I've seen far too many incredible people walk away over a bigger pay day that they simply couldn't refuse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work Hard, Play Harder

    SharePoint Enterprise Consultant (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsYou get to work with extremely smart and talented software engineers and UIX designers.
    Great corporate culture.
    Use the latest and greatest Microsoft Technologies.

    ConsThings can get very fast paced sometimes. If you're planing and always ahead of the game nothing to worry about. Also, management is always there to help, so don't hesitate to ask for support.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay - Opportunities for Improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsCo-workers are nice ppl, pay is competitive, great work life balance

    ConsLack of strong leadership and professionalism; party culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe role models and focus on professionalism; Cardinal is not always taken seriously because of our culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis is a great place to work!

    ConsI have no complaints about this company.

     

    The Culture at Cardinal is the best I have experienced

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCardinal is a fast growing company with many opportunities to grow internally

    ConsThere really aren't too many and to complain would be nitpicking

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    Great Place for Growth

    Principal Consultant II (Current Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsVariety of projects
    Strong account manager\consultant relationships
    Strong strategic partnerships allow for "top shelf" projects
    Plenty of opportunities for career growth and mentorship
    Strong work\life balance

    ConsBenefits are on par with size of company
    Main office\branch office support structure for backoffice items

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs Cardinal continues to grow and open new branches, don't loose sight of what made Cardinal great in the first place!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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