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"Cardno ATC (Formerly ATC Associates)"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Scientist
Current Employee - Scientist
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Plenty of opportunity due to disfunctional structure. If management, specifically at the corporate level, can remove the road blocks there is plenty of opportunity to make something happen at this company. However, there have been no signs of change during my time here.

A significant pro, is that if you wish to stay at a set level with no expectation of advancement it is the perfect place for employment. There are some that fit this, however if you are a motivated individual looking to learn, advance, and really make a career for yourself, THIS IS NOT the place for you unless significant changes are made.

Cons

NO TEAMWORK - Each office and almost each person works individually. Each office is an individual profit/loss center and hence office compete for same clients and work in many instances. Additionally, the "sales" group (National Accounts) are reportedly judged on gross sales NOT profitability. However the offices are judged on profitability. These are in direct conflict. More times than not, proposals are set at a loss. So offices basically cannot meet their profitibility easily without hiding hours written off (i.e. don't bill overages). They reportedly have had only one raise in the past five years. Although this is not a reason that I am a disgruntled employee, it speaks volumes to the way the business is being managed.

Corporate management does not give the authority to the branch managers to do anything about the aforementioned situations. Branch managers often have the same observations I have had, but are powerless to do anything. They appear more interested in keeping the feifdom than growing the business. It is the most combative environment to work in that I have experienced. Very unfortunate.

Advice to Management

Corporate level staff need to thoroughly evaluate their system, obtain feedback from the office level employees (i.e. Branch and Division Managers), and look to make adjustments to reduce the internal road blocks this company has in place.

Other Employee Reviews for Cardno

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Was once an enjoyable place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different projects to work on, enjoyable peers that can teach you new skills.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care about their employees anymore. Constant layoffs and they lie about the health of the company. They have fired about a quarter of the company so far this year. More layoffs are expected.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees like sheep, create realistic expectations for growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "This company is ok for those seeking an entry level job, but not for motivated individuals looking to start a career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people at the company are friendly and fun to work with. Lower level managers are friendly and approachable, and seem to genuinely care about their employees.

    Cons

    Management is completely disorganized and has a high turnover rate. Employees are often assigned to jobs above their qualifications with little supervision by a qualified coworker. In my opinion this company values individuals who will pretend they know what they are doing over more qualified individuals who are honest about their limitations. Also, receiving an email every 2 weeks about less than anticipated quarterly profits and layoffs does not facilitate a positive work environment. Finding a new job was the best career move I ever did.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a training and mentoring program for your employees. There is nothing worse for a motivated individual than to have a superior or mentor say they do not have time to help you, or tell just do what you think is right when approached with a legitimate question. There are a lot of smart scientists and engineers at the company who could educate one and other, however no effort is made to facilitate that due to the cost.

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