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Cardno Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
72 Reviews
2.7
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting projects and good people to work with on a daily basis (in 5 reviews)

  • The variety of projects I was involved in was pretty good (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't care about their employees anymore (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of pressure to perform on your own the Business development staff is very weak (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    International Development Consulting Firm - hard work, low pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Development Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people, shared values, collaborative work environment, many in-house training opportunities

    Cons

    high stress, overloaded with work, underpaid, cannot avoid writing proposals which includes long hours, weekends & stress caused by tight deadlines and review panels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to strike more balance with work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, aggressive management.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Cardno

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable staff scientists. Learned a lot in a short time working in the field with Sr Scientists. Great work environment, family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Overbearing senior management. Questionable judgement. Leadership through orders not example. Ethically, I did not feel good about the impacts of our work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Call it how it is, not just how the client wants it to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    typical consulting company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardno

    Pros

    I have no pro comments at this time

    Cons

    must be billable or no pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience with and up and coming company.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging, room for growth and development

    Cons

    Big corporate feel with not a lot of administrative support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better administrative support to technical staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I was an Operations and Maintenance Field technician.

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Cardno full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good training, exciting job sites, safe work environment stressed, travel (per diem) and where I worked, we mostly all got along well. Christmas (holiday) parties were nice. Overtime pay makes up for lower salary. This was until I left in 2010.

    Cons

    ERI was being bought out by a larger Cardno in 2010, and things started to change from a small company feel to big company games.
    The pay was at the lower end of the spectrum (for my position) while I was there.
    In order to get contracts, ERI under bid some projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Certain branch manager used intimidation to get his job done. When this didn't work, some people found themselves out of a job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, opportunity to learn new things, good work/life balance, opportunity for overtime

    Cons

    High turnover and different divisions have trouble working together

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    New Environmental Manager at Virginia Beach office ruining everyone's experience there

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Cardno as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a good housekeeper.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Utterly no team spirit. Poor pay. If you had the idea to work in Environmental, please do yourself a favor and stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat scientists like they have minds. Make the new Environmental Manager stop micromanaging the experienced staff who have been working hard to try to maximize profits. They are telling me they want to jump ship..

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

    worst managed company i have ever worked for even 10 years after.

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    pending your department you have greater access to resources. with the company card your free to purchase as you like and bill it client. the company does offer stock. working with many different managers.

    Cons

    my project was 3 years long and so much mismanagement happened that they lost the contract. they tried to optimize profits with little regard to the client. we had a non-technical manager lead a department of data analyst and SQL. bad choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hope to get brought out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun but Irritating

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    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist
    Former Employee - Assistant Staff Scientist

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

    Pros

    Variety of jobs, option to travel, good people.

    Cons

    Beware the office culture if you are a field scientist (biologist/archaeologist) Office culture is out of touch with field workers and their needs. Even if on an individual level they do their best to accommodate you while in the field, the guidelines for expense reimbursement and inconsistencies in what is reimburseable are quite a hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify your expense reporting and provide opportunities for junior level employees to learn and grow. Trust us. We are capable of more than you give us credit for. Pay should increase/decrease with performance reviews. Unfortunately, this is not the case,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardno full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    amount of work too much for one person

    Cons

    team members aren't that friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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