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Ricardo Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Ricardo CEO and Managing Director, International Dave Shemmans
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  • Senior management don't have a clue (in 8 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great engineering consulting company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Burr Ridge, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Burr Ridge, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering work. Challenging, educational, interesting.

    Cons

    Competitive industry, difficult to learn new material without experienced supervisors. Can vary a lot from one department to the next.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid this company altogether"

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

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects, generous paid time off

    Cons

    Very short term focused, no strategy, quarterly financial results drive most of the decisions.
    Toxic corporate culture.
    The worst company I have ever worked for - don't look for jobs at Ricardo unless you absolutely need to.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ticking Time Bomb!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belleville, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belleville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. The company is a ticking time bomb.

    Cons

    Management only cares about numbers. There is no loyalty and little to no regard for good employees. In the past two years nearly 100 people have left or been let go. With fewer and fewer employees the morale in the office is at an all time low, and the leadership has cut all merit increases. There is no incentive for anyone to stay or be loyal to this company.

    Advice to Management

    Shemmans' old school way of thinking needs to go!


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  5. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ricardo full-time

    Pros

    Really nice colleagues, very specialized and great management

    Cons

    Might be a little too specialized


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Worst company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No pros I can think of.

    Cons

    You will be overworked and work life balance is not respected. Expect fake promises during the interview.
    Skip this company and not waste your time.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Smart people lacking interpersonal skills working in a crap shoot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart respectful hard working people with integrity.

    Cons

    Very poor at giving recognition. Leadership taking recognition for others work. Poor and ignorant human resource leadership lacking integrity, highly compensated with limited knowledge, skill, abilities, confidence and faking it to they make it right out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at aligning goals and objectives and better communicate with your team to carry out. Right hand not talking to left. Lots of disconnection. Best of luck!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Opportunity cost (lost)"

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

    Pros

    If you're in the right group you will work with some truly outstanding people. For those inclined, abundant opportunities to be out in the field building your network. Global presence. Strong brand. Significant turnover at all levels opens opportunities to climb the ladder.

    Cons

    Leadership insular and out of touch (which appears to be by design). Smart, valuable people burn countless hours Excel-smithing metrics used for public shaming sessions. Discretionary effort is a gamble, as likely to result in a spanking vs recognition. The answer is almost always "cut". So much potential going to waste.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ricardo full-time

    Pros

    Working around very smart people. Good work-life balance, although this can fluctuate. Diversity of projects and opportunities for taking on responsibilities.

    Cons

    Senior management on constant cost-cutting drive. Pay is average. You need to drive your own career path, and if not you may end up stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people you have


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Just like brand new venture start-ups"

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    Current Employee - Nope in Korea, KY
    Current Employee - Nope in Korea, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ricardo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Foreign company title (thought this could provide variety of international experience but is not)

    Cons

    Already localised, and hardwork with rare overtime payment just like venture start-ups only demands sacrifice and devotions

    Advice to Management

    Does it really care about far east localised office like here?


  11. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice starter company for entry level job seekers

    Cons

    Nothing to say in particular about Ricardo

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career development for employees



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