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Cardno Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
64 Reviews
2.8
64 Reviews
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Cardno Chief Executive Officer Michael Renshaw
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Lack of Management Capacity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardno full-time

    Pros

    Small Workforce, Family Friendly work hours

    Cons

    Poor Resource Management
    No Career Development initiative from management
    Developed Bad Working Relationship with few Key Clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Cardno

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary company with a large range of services

    Cons

    Focus is too much on satisfying stakeholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote cross-selling within the Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but Irritating

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

    I worked at Cardno full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Values advise from external contractors more than their internal staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good & modern technology, freedom to setup your environment, some fringe benefits like phone

    Cons

    Management values advise and work from external contractors more than their internal staff, doesn't care about the work environment, expects you to concentrate on IT project tasks while talking loudly on the phone for a lot of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve and collaborate with your internal staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not the Time to Be Working at Cardno

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

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

    Pros

    Large corporation that managed to weather the economic storm of 2008 - present. Strong suite of services (some are commendable).

    Cons

    May be a good company to work for - in about five years. This is a word of warning to potential employees: Let the dust settle before you risk working for a company that's still trying to find its north star. Top management talks a good talk, but it becomes clear after the gloss fades that their lofty goals are based on dollars in their back pockets, with no anticipated trickle-down effect to the workers. Vertical accountability with no teamwork makes for a difficult work environment. If you need professional mentoring, look elsewhere. It's every man/woman for him/herself right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We see potential "lifetime" career-minded employees at all levels jumping ship. Your growth goals are impressive, getting there with your current employees would be much more impressive. Blaming your missed company-wide goals on the economic environmental has become a lame (worn-out) excuse. Blaming it on the reduction of an environmental-response (i.e. short term) project makes you appear short-sighted. Blaming it on the weather makes you appear that you didn't know how to "save for a rainy day."

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

    Unrealistic Expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Wellington, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Wellington, FL

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

    Pros

    Most people are open, honest and a joy to work with. Company has the connections to provide a wide variety of professional opportunities.

    Cons

    Some people intentionally block your success as they are unsure of their own security within the company. As a result very talented people wind up leaving instead of fighting the "uphill" battle trying to succeed as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose your managers and leaders more wisely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cardno ENTRIX

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

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

    Pros

    Time off package and salaries seem to be above average. Employees are encouraged to work on their own.
    Education is a must...they are interested in top talent. Flexible office hours and relaxed office attire.

    Cons

    Very unorganized different divisions have different procedures. Management practices favoritism. HR is useless in the effort of reporting management issues. It's every employee for themselves there is very little team work and they don't seem to want to change. Employees are very territorial. Management does not communicate well, especially individually. This company has a lot of staff unhappy and they have no one to turn to. You can not bring issues up for fear of losing your job. This s a male dominated company that has a long way to go to change. Lots of pressure to perform on your own the Business development staff is very weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees, let them be honest. The work needs to be distributed evenly and fairly. Managers need to be better trained. The company needs to work harder at recognizing their female talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Internal instability makes for a wild ride

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

    I have been working at Cardno

    Pros

    Tremendous amount of potential that is not actualized. Opportunity to work with scientists from a variety of fields. Fast paced (and unchecked) growth leaves opportunities for promotion. Cardno is a conglomerate of many acquisitions which operate as separate businesses, of which ENTRIX is one. This business model could allow for some excellent collaboration with professionals in a variety of different fields, if it was encouraged. My office has great staff and I wish the same could be said for top level managers. The quality of your experience with Cardno ENTRIX varies greatly depending upon which business unit/upper management team you are working with. Some of these individuals were great managers but....

    Cons

    Remote office management from unrelated regions. Upper management has micromanaged projects out of project managers hands and this hurts client relationships and makes project management extremely stressful, sometimes taxing professional reputations as a result. Large scale and poorly thought out knee-jerk layoffs often land ENTRIX understaffed in the very areas in which they need to be expanding growth. This has been achieved in an effort to preserve the jobs of a certain good old boy network of senior members in less economically productive areas. It contributes to an air of instability and expendability that is causing voluntary resignations across the board and detracting from the company's economic viability as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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