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Cardinal Health Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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  • Maybe the work/life balance isn't as good as it could be (in 60 reviews)

  • Can be stressful with long hours (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (25)

    "Great People, Great Culture, Great Leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Vice President in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cardinal Health full-time

    Pros

    Strong organization that continues to drive excellence in the industry.
    Strong leadership focuses on making good decisions.
    Talent management, support is unmatched in corporate America.
    Organization supports flexibility and access to roles across functions for those that show interest and initiative.

    Cons

    Organizational decisions can take longer than necessary at times.
    Consensus driven culture can be taxing.
    Pay is competitive but not differentiated enough for strongest performers.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your team for more and hold them accountable.


  2. "Cardinal is not a Premier employer"

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    Current Employee - Desktop Consultant in Jacksonville, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Consultant in Jacksonville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a place to work.

    Cons

    There is no flow of information.

    Advice to Management

    Engage employees

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Cardinal - The biggest US company you've never heard of..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cardinal is in an industry that is stable.

    Cons

    Cardinal Health is a huge company with over 80 billion in yearly sales revenue... yet 9 out of 10 people on the street know nothing about Cardinal because it does not service the consumer market. Beyond Cardinal's base business (80%) of pharmaceutical and supply distribution, Cardinal was built on acquisitions. Each company used to operate autonomously under the Cardinal umbrella until 2002. The transition for employees to a single "Cardinal Health" company has been difficult - - new benefit plans, information systems etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on bringing the various Cardinal companies together with a coherent product offering across all businesses.


  4. "Working at Cardinal Health"

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    Current Employee - Director in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cardinal Health is one of the premier companies in the Health Care Industry and provides tremendous opportunities for employees willing to work hard. Cardinal is very open to moving employees across different functions which provides employees to develop both the breadth and depth to move into senior management roles.

    Cons

    One of the challenges is the dynamic nature of the health care industry and constant changes can be disconcerting sometimes. The other challenge is the lack of training for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Complete transparency will really help out the employees in understanding the vision of the company.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The Good and Bad of Cardinal Health"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cardinal is a large company so there are a variety of positions available. The benefits are very competitive with a great 401k matching.

    Cons

    Information sharing at Cardinal is horrible. The company is basically a holding company for many different businesses that have been purchased independently. While they are trying to become "one cardinal", information sharing is dismal. For instance, if I want to know all the cardinal business taking place at one customer, there is no way for me to know this. There is no corporate-wide CRM. For a company this size, I believe it's one of the reasons why we are not more successful. As in many companies, advancement is less a factor of skill than it is corporate politics.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be more in touch with their customers and the employees interfacing with those customers. Senior leadership has lost touch of what is important for the customer.


  6. "Summer job observations"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Intern
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you are a morning person (i.e. 2 am until 10 am) you can get your work done early, however, you rotate to days which throws off your routine. The benefits are good and their seems to be some room for growth. The drugs are simple to familiarize with and they are only a few to know.

    Cons

    Radiation exposure, laws and regulation regarding the transport of such items.

    Advice to Management

    Give your local pharmacies a little more pricing power. Cardinal seems inflexible to allow local phamraices to adapt to their local markets.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "They could be a great company if they got a plan and executed it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Auditor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior IT Auditor in Columbus, OH
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In a large company like Cardinal Health (3,000 employees in Columbus, Ohio alone and 600 locations nationwide), there are plenty of different jobs and places to go for those that like a challenging work environment. Lots of job opening and opportunities for advancement in the Columbus headquarters.

    Cons

    They can't see to get their act together and focus. While benefits are good, they underpay and the merit raise process is terrible. If you barely meet your expectations, you get a 3% raise; if you are one of the hardest working people in the company, 5% raise. For non management, and even to some degree lower and middle management, there is absolutely no incentive to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Have any of you guys ever actually read "Good to Great" (our CEO Kerry Clark claims to), "Build to Last", or any business 101 books? You need to stop screwing your employees over (like canceling everyone's merit increases) to try to meet wall street numbers. I understand that your job is to create value for the stockholders. If you take care of your employees first though, you will be. Happy employees, means great service to your customers, which in turn means customers are happy and profitable, which in turn creates shareholder value. Instead, by screwing over your employees for short term stock gains, you are creating a workforce that no longer cares about the company or the customer and are just interested in doing the bare minimum to stay employed until they find a better job somewhere else.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Communications professional at Cardinal Health corporate office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    With the changes that Cardinal Health has seen in the past few months, there my be quite a few opportunites for substantial growth coming soon. The inclusion of George Barrett has provided clarity around objectives in the pharmaceutical segment, as well as needed leadership. The posibilities of a spin-off of the clinical products segment leaves possibilities of a very dynamic, high margin company leveraging some well known brands in the healthcare marketplace.

    Cons

    With a history of growth-by-acquisition that Cardinal Health has leveraged, one can easily get lost in the complexities of the individual businesses. Cardinal Health is a corporate environment and as such can be a bit stuffy although steps have been recently to make executives more accessible such as removing office space and restricting cubical size for middle management. In moves to restrict operating costs individual perks such as technology updates and travel have been restricted, although recent pledges by CEO Kerry Clark have promised re-investing in the infrastructure to catch and surpass our competitors.

    Advice to Management

    With the recent changes of structure, delay of performance compensation and announcement of a possible spin-off of the clinical products segment, it is time for a real morale boost within the Corporate offices. It is time to announce the end of restructuring for the time-being. It is difficult to be focused, dynamic and creative when one is worrying about one's position being removed or relocated.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Cardinal Health... good company... steady pay... becoming more corporate by the day."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big Company.. lot's of money to spend. Haven't experienced ridiculous penny pinching, YET. Overall its a good company... the best I've worked at so far. As long as you dig heads down and shut-up along with a steady paycheck you're good... what else is there really?

    Cons

    Big Company... often isolated and detached form other business units. IT support is a joke... shared services model. Probably could do with getting rid of poor performers a little more... though they might very well have their hands tied by the people's republic of California.

    Advice to Management

    Get down in the trenches and smell the dirt... same as anywhere else though. Personally, I see a need for management to become more detail oriented and empathetic to realities and complexity of mundane daily business processes. Making the "white board" come to life takes more work and time than drawing it with markers. Like I said pretty much the same everywhere I've been... BONUS FIRST!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Looking forward to the spin off!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the industry and because it's in San Diego!

    Cons

    The HQ is in Ohio so opportunity can be limited!

    Advice to Management

    Award greatly for over exceed work and continue the COMMUNICATIONS of events, opportunities and challenges, and be more flexible with employees by offering FLEXTIME to employees...


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