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Cardinal Solutions Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Company values and work life balance are second-to-none (in 18 reviews)

  • The events are usually monthly and can range from family friendly outings to movie nights (Dark Knight Rises this year) to sand volleyball happy hours (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Tight deadlines and sometimes you have to work at client site (in 5 reviews)

  • Staff aug, which stinks because while working for someone else you begin to really appreciate how awesome it is at Cardinal (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Delaware, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Delaware, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging atmosphere, trust in employees, lots of opportunity to learn new technology, able to be “self managed”, fun location downtown

    Cons

    Very distanced from management (pro?), no room for upward advancement, still a little old school about working remotely and flexibility


  2. "Honest, hardworking, fun"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kelly and Nick worked hard to make this company what it is today. It speaks volumes that they have grown to approximately 500 consultants supporting 7 offices over 21 years. They have found a great leadership staff to support their day-to-day sales and operations. They know how to find and retain talent and I would highly recommend Cardinal as a career or solutions provider.

    Cons

    You have to like consulting or this is not going to be for you. Account Managers own placement of your next project and you may not have an option on where you go/what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Engage the consultants and utilize their networks. Be more transparent in sale goals/initiatives. Also, coach new people on what type of hires to look for. The goal should be to hire people they would want to work next to...not a bonus for every new hire they get. While the bonus is a great incentive, I feel it opens to the door for employees to push unqualified people through to get a bonus.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've worked for"

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with -- hard working, very smart, and fun; always striving to improve
    I actually feel valued and appreciated by management
    I get to work on amazing projects -- not always awesome, but many truly are amazing
    I feel empowered -- very flat org chart; Team Leads help/encourage people to achieve their goals
    The 2 co-owners are good people who treat everyone well
    Truly a "consulting" firm -- not a staffing/contracting firm; many companies engage Cardinal for strategic guidance

    Cons

    Like any consulting firm, some projects are good, some less so


  4. "Great Place to Learn! Great Place to Work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time

    Pros

    If you are seeking a place to grow your IT skills and not just be stuck doing one thing, this is the place to be! Also, I have never worked for another company with such genuinely nice people! This company knows how to work hard and really knows how to have fun as well! Work/Life Balance is Great! Pay is comparable, and Opportunities are endless!

    Cons

    There really isn't much I can say here about Cardinal Solutions.


  5. "Best Company I've Ever Worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work From Home sometimes
    Great Culture
    Very transparent, CEO visits offices quarterly and takes you out for dinner!
    Beer in the fridge
    Ping pong / Foosball in the office

    Cons

    Slow at times
    Staff aug, which stinks because while working for someone else you begin to really appreciate how awesome it is at Cardinal

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Self Growth Driven Consulting Group"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Solid company growth year over year
    2. Solid business partnerships
    3. Provides employees opportunities to train, learn, and gain different experiences in different practices while not assigned to clients.
    4. Great Benefits Package
    5. Opportunity, Engagement, and Invovlement within IT/Tech community

    Cons

    1. Company promotes working with the latest technologies but tends to only appoint/assign it's internal management level employees to those opportunities.
    2. If placed at a client, you will most likley not be considered for any other work unless your assignment doesn't need you anymore.
    3. Assignments at clients tend to match your current skill set or below and do not allow for time outside of client allocation to increase skill levels.
    4. Delicate work/life balance. Great company for Millenials without families, not so much for people with young/growing famlies.
    5. Compensation/promotion/bonus opporuntities unclear.

    Advice to Management

    1. Utilize employees that want to stay with the company and grow with the company. Company seems to frequently overlook valued (capable) employees when working through ideas/ new opportuntities and tends to look for new employees just to fill specific roles.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Energetic, fun place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, morale is high and attitude is great.
    Plenty of opportunities to learn new things and grow your skills.
    Fun social activities, plenty of company-sponsored events.
    Great communication from management.

    Cons

    Contract work; you might get difficult assignments.
    Sometimes you are at a client site, not close the offices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Cardinal Solutions Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thanks for the great feedback! I'll make sure both your Pros and Cons are seen by the right people. --DM

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome and fun place to work

    Cons

    It can be tough as a consultant to be at client sites.

    Cardinal Solutions Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Brevity is the soul of wit... ;) I'll pass your comments to our management team. Thanks for taking time to post your feedback. --DM


  9. "Cardinal Solutions is SO close to being the #1 best place to work in Charlotte"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time

    Pros

    - Growth opportunities
    - Culture
    - Healthy mix of men and women in IT
    - Get to work for various clients, different projects
    - Hone your communication skills
    - Unlimited sick days
    - Work/life balance
    - Learn cutting edge technology

    Cons

    - Easy to place consultants in 'staff-aug' roles & leave them there
    - Not easily recognized for contributions to Cardinal

    Advice to Management

    I think Cardinal as a whole should really try to lean away from staff-aug roles given to consultants. Team based projects are what we want! The "Cardinal environment" is half the reason why we want to work for Cardinal in the first place. Other than that, keep up the great work of being one of the top 10 best places to work in Charlotte. The work atmosphere in the Cardinal office is nothing short of positive vibes, supportive groups, and friendship.


  10. "Great Company to work for"

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

    I have been working at Cardinal Solutions full-time

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Fun/Inclusive culture
    - Flexible work/life balance

    Cons

    - Can get placed on bad assignment
    - Vision for company disjointed due to company structure

    Advice to Management

    Culture is great, maintain that through continued growth.


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