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"A solid company being mismanaged into the ground"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Provides a variety of projects, the ability for self starters to expand existing skill sets, and very little micromanagement of work/products.

Cons

The shift to a publically traided company has been far from smooth, and upper management is ill equipped to deal with the subtleties of managing staff and stockholders. Technical staff is provided little oversight or administrative support and often succeeds in meeting client needs in spite of management.

Advice to Management

Upper management seems completely unaware of what goes into providing client services on an office level.

Other Employee Reviews for Cardno

  1. "Thought it would be better then other companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cardno full-time

    Pros

    The variety of projects I was involved in was pretty good. Some of my co-workers/bosses were good to work for and learn from.

    The flexibility in hours, at least in the office, was really nice.

    Cons

    Little chance to grow as a professional.

    The lack of supervision from the supervisors, especially when it comes to managing (or not managing) their staff. Favoritism started to become really apparent, especially when it came to eduction. Having a higher degree does not make you a better employee, yet the supervisor just saw the letters behind the name, rather then the ability to do the job appropriately.

    Overall, the company was too expensive to bid on small projects and so came across very slow times. This caused a lot of grief when it came to keeping your hours billable.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that to grow as a company, you will need to modify your ideas on getting contracts. Maybe set rates per project rather than a blanket set of rates. You might not make a whole lot of money on some projects, but you will get clients and likely keep those clients while building you're reputation.

    As a lower man on the totem pole, I felt as though I was treated with disdain for not staying billable. But, that is management's position to bring in work. That's why they are getting paid that big salary. If they can't do it, you need to drop their hours and/or wage.

    Make sure your managers are keeping track of what their employees are doing, or not doing. It's offensive to the lower staff to see higher staff spending hours a day playing around on the internet, making personal phone calls, taking (paid) time off to teach classes that are not even remotely related to the job at the company. Very discouraging.


  2. "WRG - Right Business model for when times are good..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good to new employees
    Benefit package is second to none. They have always taken care of their employees in that respect.
    Parent Company helps pay the bills during tough times, thankfully.

    Cons

    Half of the VP's are not qualified to fill their jobs.
    Monetary Compensation was slightly below average, bonuses are comical anymore.
    Titles are given out very freely, however compensation, recognition, and other perks are hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to keep the upper ranks thin, and the lower designer ranks full of talent. That will help everyone progress fairly through their careers.

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