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CDI Corporation Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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CDI Corporation President, Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer Michael Castleman
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Pros
  • The company offers work/life balance - you work hard when you need to, but it is very reasonable especially as a consulting company (in 14 reviews)

  • Professional, provided everything that you needed as a contract employee, paid on time, all financial documents were on time (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Frequent turnover of Upper Management and substandard IT services for office engineering staff (in 14 reviews)

  • There are NO benefits with this company (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDI Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The job pays you Great

    Cons

    You have to Work alone


  2. "A good place to start off"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid pay and good management

    Cons

    Minimial company coerage of benefits for contract roles

  3. Helpful (1)

    "CDI Corporation - Corporate Office"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDI Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The corporate support departments, i.e. HR, Account, Finance, and IT, are relatively understaffed, so it is easy to take on new responsibilities and build your skillset simply by volunteering for various projects.

    Cons

    Employee morale is and has been extremely low for the past few years with little to no hope of improvement. This is due to poor company performance, changing or unclear business focus, lack of merit or cost of living increases, no career advancement programs or opportunities, open office work space, little concern for employee work/life balance, few WFH opportunities, extremely expensive benefits, stingy PDO policy for most employees, and the list goes on and on.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are easy to work for and have been very responsive to my needs.

    Cons

    It's a consulting firm, so there are always pros and cons with working as a sub-contractor. I have had no issues with working for CDI, and in fact their management has been very responsive and helpful when I needed them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great starter job!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cross Lanes, WV
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Cross Lanes, WV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of work opportunities
    Diverse technical environment
    Excellent entry-level experience
    Pay scales well
    Great client relationships

    Cons

    Management miscues with communication
    Lack of soft-perks (office, remote work, etc.)
    Upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to work on communication with your team. You should also work on getting some soft-perks for your employees. There are A LOT of other jobs out there where you have the opportunity to work from home, not work in a cube farm, and enjoy more paid time off. I think implementing some of these changes could help your turnover ratios.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Processes need much work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDI Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Varying compensation packages to choose from
    Pleasant team to work with
    CDI University for maintaining or improving skills

    Cons

    Payroll processes are poor. Frequent mistakes resulting in CDI docking your pay MONTHS later, possibly causing hardship. Not small mistakes. Mistakes on the order of 10 and 20 hours. They will not own their mistakes and will put it on the employee to bear.

    Complex process for using/understanding your PTO balance and use. No balance information regularly passed to the employee. You need to ask if you want to know.

    Advice to Management

    Multiple payroll mistakes putting the burden of fixing (monetarily) on the employee. Months have gone by before the errors were discovered. Errors were significant: 20 hours, 10 hours, etc. Corrected quickly it might not have been an issue but taking $1400 or $700 from your pay months later can be a significant hit.

    Own your mistakes and if CDI makes the mistake, eat the cost of that mistake. Don't pass it off to the employee. No incentive to fix your processes if you always put the cost to fix on someone else. You would expect the employee to bear the cost of their mistakes, why wouldn't you bear the cost of yours?

    Senior management receives 1 star since, even after multiple meetings on this, they weren't willing to do the right thing. The right thing isn't always "letter of the law."


  7. Helpful (1)

    "CDI Houston, Tx at LyondellBasell does not have your back!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CDI Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have no CDI Management, so you work directly with LyondellBasell.

    Cons

    You have no CDI Management, Medical Insurance is twice as much as anywhere else, No 401K Match & no other benefits.
    Was told if we wanted pay during Hurricane Harvey, needed to use our PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Be a Fair Company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "They are a puppet for IBM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CDI Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Work from home is good.

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive. Furloughs (time off without pay) No paid vacations as a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a lot of overhead management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CDI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can work for your contracted company without a lot of management in CDI so you don't have 2 management chains. However it can be a con if you need them.

    Cons

    Not a lot of communication outside of weekly billing or HR issues.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more Salary positions with the holidays paid.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Could not find a cheaper or worse company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDI Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wish there was something positive.

    Cons

    Micromanaging to the extent where you cannot leave your desk for 8 hours a day. The morale is constantly low and once it starts to come up, management is sure to crush it with a new rule to enforce about how you are chained to your desk and not eligible for overtime (although the recruiter said you are). Also, do not expect to be paid on time for your bonus if they do not somehow not give you that either. Raises are not allowed during the year and will be reviewed based off of the process they have yet to build out (2 years later). CDI does not care about anything but themselves, so be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers that are able to see the big picture. Reward employees for doing a good job and allow flexibility if the team is doing well.


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