Ricardo Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Ricardo CEO and Managing Director, International Dave Shemmans
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  1. Lots of potential, going to waste.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI

    I worked at Ricardo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart co-workers with diverse backgrounds and specialties. The scenery is always changing. Lots of potential clients that could be unlocked.

    Cons

    High employee turnover. Management will try to bleed a customer dry rather than developing a long term relationship. In house lead counsel is the worst I've seen.

    Advice to Management

    Smarten up. Learn from the past, don't repeat it.


  2. Interesting, changing and demanding work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Ricardo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is ever changing in support of new and existing customers. Always a new challenge and opportunity for something different.

    Cons

    Periods of high and low work loads. It always seems like the projects kick off at the same time and end together. This causes resources to shift around to support.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in faster networks. Even though things are updated with the times. Its difficult to get things going with delays and connectivity issues.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Engineers

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

    I have been working at Ricardo

    Pros

    The people and the type of work

    Cons

    Pressure of being publicly quoted are always there


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Was once a great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Belleville, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Belleville, MI

    I worked at Ricardo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I used to love working there

    Cons

    Got fed up of the constant chasing of the almighty Dollar by Senior Management so that we could give the CEO a big bonus and the shareholders a Dividend

    Advice to Management

    Buy the company back from the shareholders


  6. Helpful (4)

    Tiring, not a fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI

    I worked at Ricardo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good variety of programs to work on, if you are lucky enough to get on them. IT department is very competent and accessible.

    Cons

    Absolutely one of the worst places I've ever worked. Management is oppressive and unyielding. They constantly underbid on projects but the pressure ends up on the underlings to finish quickly or the company loses money. The atmosphere is somewhat like a sweatshop with everyone scared to even talk to their cubemates. Good luck finding information on how to complete your tasks. If you work here, you will never feel safe about your job. Upper management is not very forthcoming with their employees. The building looks nice from the outside but the facilities are less than desirable. Dirty restrooms, cold in winter, hot in summer.If they do not like you they will try hard to break your spirit. Lot's of employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Change your culture or no one will ever want to work for you.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Great people and engineers... but too political upper management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many very smart, hard working and passionate colleagues. Exciting projects.

    Cons

    Upper management too political and money driven, instead of focusing on providing the best value to the customer. A lot of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics and more doing! You have some amazing people on-board. Replace some upper management highly-paid political prima-donnas with highly-skilled engineers who do the actual work and bring value to the customers. This should make shareholders, customers and hard working employees really happy.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Exhausting..

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

    I worked at Ricardo full-time

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Talented People. Currently restructuring, again.

    Cons

    Smothering atmosphere... oppressive. Poorly managed. Ricardo has a great idea but unable to retain their top experienced talent.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Over Promised

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Van Buren Township, MI

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects mostly in military

    Cons

    No career growth opportunities, high turn-over rate


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not employee focused

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Belleville, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Belleville, MI

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of programs will give you many challenges.

    Cons

    Company is too focused on making money. Heavy employee turnover, even Human Resources. Nobody seems happy. Expect heavy overtime, but not at time and a half. Employees feel devalued-finish job fast and move on to the next. Men's facilities are disgusting. Too many employees stuffed into cramped spaces. Do not look to retire here. Very few long term employees-speaks volumes about company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself on work/life balance. There is more to work besides "just get the work done".


  11. Helpful (3)

    Draining

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Belleville, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Belleville, MI

    I have been working at Ricardo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People, diversity of work, technical skill, knowledge

    Cons

    HR, bureaucracy, management style, excessive financial focus

    Advice to Management

    PEOPLE FIRST!



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