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Cardno Concord Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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Concord, CA

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Cardno CEO & Managing Director Richard Wankmuller
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Pros
  • Great people, friendly and diverse environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Varied Interesting Projects, Good connection with global Cardno (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management squeeze, number above everything else, rush on projects causing bad deliverable to clients (in 16 reviews)

  • The work/life balance culture seems to be dissipating too (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented technical and support staff; decent benefits for new hires.

    Cons

    Little or no recognition of achievements made by an individual, therefore, advancement in the firm is nearly impossible. Inept senior management on national level in the United States that is clueless as to how to motivate employees and how to retain them. Low morale permeates the firm due to poor management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting talented senior staff from your roster. Giving employees ultimatums to take massive reductions in salary or to leave does not make you an employer of choice. Hiring less experienced staff to replace more experienced ones that you have cut from your roster will not help advance your bottom line in the near future. Yours is a market sector where experience does matter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Consummate Professionals Dedicated to Task"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The scientists that they employ are professionals of the highest caliber.

    You learn SO MUCH just being within their proximity, and by interacting with them on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Occasionally, the ramp-up process can lag behind, as can securing appropriate network and data access credentials.

    And for non-scientific personnel, there isn't a formal "training" program to supplement any of the critical disciplines.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit as much project work as possible to keep employees engaged.

    And commit to refreshing hardware and peripherals on a more aggressive schedule to keep people working with current tools.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great first job, gained a lot of valuable experience but professional growth is difficult"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Concord, CA

    Pros

    Really fun work and lots of opportunities to gain valuable experience for recent grads.Lots of things are changing with the recent merger with Cardno. Some of the bad apples have been asked to leave or have left on their own. Steps are being taken to train middle managers to promote organic growth.

    Cons

    Promotion is completely arbitrary within the company and largely depends on the office you work out off, the working group you are in and especially the manager you have. Opportunities to work toward promotion can be difficult to come by; as employees become proficient at or exceed the expectations of their level they can be held there in the effort to keep project bids competitive with other less expensive consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Provide lower level employees more professional training. Prompt middle managers to give constructive criticism. Guard against blacklisting employees without feedback. Standardize promotion standards between offices and working groups.


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