Cardinal Solutions

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Cardinal Solutions Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great culture, decent opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant II in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company has great benefits compared to other consulting companies and really tries to emphasize a work-life balance and making sure the company culture is lively, inclusive, and fun.
    Unlimited sick time so you aren't penalized for being out sick. It's actually encouraged so you don't get others sick as well.
    Promotions are well-defined with measurable goals to help you realize what it takes to get to the next level.

    Cons

    Their pay is competitive initially, but raises can sometimes lag behind in certain areas.
    Occasionally you can get stuck on a bad client, and the only way out is to leave, but this is sort of an industry-wide gripe - not exclusive to Cardinal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool technologies, great culture, work/life balance, fun co-workers...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge technologies, Great culture, benefits package, work/life balance, no mandatory travel, fun workplace, opportunities to give back to community, Game Night,

    Cons

    Consulting is not a good fit if you prefer a static environment where you do the same thing most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal software systems could be improved. This is being addressed and I'm curious to see the outcome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior I in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior I in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    To name a few: Great culture, leadership is open and willing to listen, bench policy if different than other consulting companies.

    Cons

    The culture can be a downside if you are not a part of the "in" crowd. Typically billable requirements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I like it

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, very family oriented

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting my feet wet.....

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions

    Pros

    Autonomy, Cultural events, Training opportunities

    Cons

    Balancing client and employer commitments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staffing Firm Disguised as a Consulting Firm - Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cardinal is good for recent college grads. It gives them enough exposure while learning some very basic skills.

    Cons

    Where to begin: As my title suggest Cardinal is a glorified staffing firm who so wants to be a consulting firm but can't because they get in their own way. There is absolutely NO thought as to where you will be assigned. As long as you're a warm body and can physically go to a client, you're on the project. You don't have the skills to perform the duties for the project/client? You don't want your career to go in that direction? To bad you're going to a project/client and you better make the best of it. Having been with Cardinal for 3.5 years I can't say for sure what their business model is and truth be told I don't think that management knows their model either. If you're looking for career growth and opportunities, Cardinal is NOT the place for you. Many good people have left or will be leaving soon because there is no direction/guidance from management. Cardinal is truly a sinking ship and I'd be surprised if they are around for another 5 - 7 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business model. If you want to be a staffing firm just go ahead and make the call. But since you are currently calling yourself a Consulting firm, starting acting like a consulting firm!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great work life balance, tough to get noticed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff I Consultant
    Current Employee - Staff I Consultant

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Senior management is very humble and interested in everyone's feedback
    "Above and beyond" work is appreciated and rewarded when it is observed
    Practice managers are generally receptive and responsive to salary inquiries
    Coworkers are among the best in the business, Cardinal recruiters have a great eye for talent
    Employees are given a great deal of independence, micromanaging is rare

    Cons

    Account managers are opportunistic and do not always keep employees' goals in mind when assigning them to projects
    Tough to get to know coworkers when they are onsite full-time
    Projects are often poorly managed and infighting on development teams is common
    Seems to be perpetually understaffed in certain areas
    Lowball hourly estimates can lead to strained timelines and over-resourcing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to grow, stale place to stay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Cardinal Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Professionals with 2-5 years of experience will find this place fun, invigorating, and generally full of decent projects and good exposure to improve themselves and their resume.

    Cons

    There is little room for growth beyond a senior technician, as is the case with most consulting jobs. Most people will stay for a time and then move on to get hired by their client.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Culture

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Help sales team improve assignment process. Evaluate turn-over rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions

    Pros

    Fun 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow new geographies and disciplines. Replicate the success of the Microsoft partnership to other vendors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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