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Ricardo Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
26 Reviews
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    Great Engineers

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

  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great company

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Buy the company back from the shareholders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Analyst Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ricardo as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great tem synergy, very friendly management style

    Cons

    Organization is constantly under changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Engineer

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

    I have been working at Ricardo as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent and flexible work environment. Fast paced engineering services

    Cons

    Should work hard to understand people as they are from various cultures across the globe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tiring, not a fun place to work

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting..

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

    I worked at Ricardo full-time

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mis managed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ricardo

    Pros

    Interesting projects smart people in general, lots of capability

    Cons

    too bureaucratic and too many egos location is horrble equipment is old management has sucked the life out of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of prima donnas

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not employee focused

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Over Promised

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects mostly in military

    Cons

    No career growth opportunities, high turn-over rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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