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Ricardo Reviews

Updated Aug 23, 2019

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Ricardo CEO Dave Shemmans
Dave Shemmans
97 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work life balance: The flexible working options here are great and the ability to work from home really helps with this(in 16 reviews)

  • "At Ricardo you have the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects that provide real stretch, positive challenge and development(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management team disconnected from engineering(in 15 reviews)

  • "To get a proper pay rise, it's recommended to swap jobs(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Best working environment. Friendly staff. Not a sweat house. Relaxed atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Miller, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Able to grow into the job. Training in house very good. Major skills gained. Lots of programming.

    Cons

    Engineering very week. Programming is not up to the mark. Lots of mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Cells need leaning up. Tooling is a mess time is money.

    Ricardo2017-06-23
  2. ""exciting & dynamic""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great variety of challenging work. You learn everyday from very talented people around the world.

    Cons

    A high-paced work culture that is not for everyone. The company has very high standards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the boundaries

    Ricardo2019-04-01
  3. "Initial thoughts"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers who are very knowledgeable in their fields. Very interesting and diverse projects. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Resource management could be improved.

    Ricardo2019-02-20
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Simply awful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Building looks nice from outside but that’s it. Chaos prevails inside

    Cons

    Management team seem to be suffering from dementia. Lots of confusion interspersed with bouts of fear and anger. The rest just keep their heads down. Zero investment in people, technology or assets. It’s a very slow painful death march.

    Advice to Management

    Take a few months off. Maybe things will get better without you. It can’t get any worse.

    Ricardo2018-10-03

    Ricardo Response

    January 21, 2019Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. it is very disappointing to hear you have had a negative experience working with us. As a company it is important that we provide a positive working environment where employees feel represented, and led by a management team that they support. It is understandable ...

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good and easy never feel stressed about the job

    Cons

    Low payments hard to achieve higher position

    Advice to Management

    None but they could have more management experience

    Ricardo2018-05-06

    Ricardo Response

    August 16, 2018Human Resources

    Hello, thank you for your review. We really appreciate the constructive feedback you have detailed, both negative and positive. We are pleased to hear you never felt stressed working with us. Employee wellbeing is very important to us which is why we have a number of initiatives in ...

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Sad"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting international work and colleagues

    Cons

    Weak leadership, poor management and uninspiring corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, engage, inspire

    Ricardo2018-01-12

    Ricardo Response

    June 18, 2018Human Resources

    Hi, thank you for leaving a review. We hope you are able to take away some positive experiences from your time at Ricardo and we wish you the best in the future. We apologise your time here was not the positive experience you or we would wish for you. We are dedicated, through ...

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  7. "Ricardo"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Belleville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay well, many different projects to work on.

    Cons

    Management is sporadic. Not a clear direction. Company seems to flounder.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the company wants to be and move in that direction.

    Ricardo2017-12-18

    Ricardo Response

    March 5, 2018Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. It is great to see you have mentioned some positive of working at Ricardo. Variation in projects is preferred amongst our employees as it opens up opportunities to learn new things. A consultancy is a fast-paced culture with a varied workload so is not ...

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "Not a good company for engineers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time

    Pros

    Good life/work balance and paid time off

    Cons

    This company is going down. No good projects for engineers to get experience. In order to help the company to survive, engineers have to do some low-tech none related projects, which is very bad for the career development. They want to extent the business to the new industrial area but now they are not doing well. The management team shows no respect to engineers. They just want to sign the agreement to get money... from clients and don't care about how the projects are going. The external rates are extremely high but the final quality of projects is not excellent.

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    Ricardo2017-09-02
  9. Helpful (16)

    "Keep out of this company"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo for more than a year

    Pros

    Some cool projects that can be fun for new grads.

    Cons

    Ricardo's strategy is to grow through M&A's. The pattern is: buy a new business, extract as much profit as possible until it dries out, then dismantle it. Ricardo will not invest to grow the existing engineering business, as it's declining. The cash is needed to acquire new businesses. As Ricardo has limited cash on hand, they can't afford to have loss making businesses. When there is one, Ricardo aggressively... cuts costs (layoffs) to contain their losses. Bottomline: this is NOT a company that can offer job security. You'l be employed until your project is done, then let go. If you are right out of college, it could be a decent first job. Get some experience, then get out.

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    Ricardo2017-07-14
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Short-termism at its worst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some interesting projects. In some roles (mainly UK based) you can travel the world. Lots of customer interaction opportunity.

    Cons

    Demoralising leadership - execs have the collective emotional intelligence of a 5yr old. The core business that built the company over its first 100 years has been squeezed for every last pence. A brand that once thrived as a thought leader is a shell of its former self. Focus on customers and employees is all talk and no walk. The results (if you can cut through acquisition window dressing) speak for themselves.... The only question remains: when will the music stop?

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    Advice to Management

    You've lined your pockets long enough - save your egos and make a graceful exit - everyone will thank you.

    Ricardo2017-06-18
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