Cardinal Solutions

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Cardinal Solutions Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
40 Reviews
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Cardinal Solutions President & CEO Kelly P Conway
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  1. 2 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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    • 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
  6.  

    Good 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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It used to be good, but has gone down hill

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need more breadth, instead of just depth, when it comes to clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Okay - Opportunities for Improvement

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership and professionalism; party culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be role models and focus on professionalism; Cardinal is not always taken seriously because of our culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Culture, Extremely Understanding, Modest Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) 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.

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Work Hard, Play Harder

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Things 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love 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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work!

    Cons

    I have no complaints about this company.

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