Interesting outdoor work, but sometimes mismanaged
Seasonal Landscape Restoration Field Technician (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – 5 January 2018
Overall, the outdoor work was interesting, but not as technical as I desired. There was lots of travel around southern and central Indiana, and the schedule is very fluid. The project management is sometimes lacking, but the people are generally good to work with. It is pretty laid back, but you need to work hard sometimes and endure the outdoor elements. You get paid for lunch and travel time.
Relaxed working atmosphere; variety of outdoor project sites; paid lunchtime and travel time
Project management is sometimes lacking, which affects morale
Productiive, and overall a really good place to work.
Nursery Technician (Former Employee) – Walkerton, IN – 29 December 2017
All of the employees working at Cardno are very amazing people. They were all very caring and wonderful people. The work to personal life is very balanced. It's a 40 hour week with 8 hour days most days, and 5 day weeks.
Quality Assurance Specialist (Former Employee) – Lafayette, LA – 28 December 2017
Employees didn't have a voice and there was a lack of work. They had 2 brothers in the office and both of them where had high position and it was a conflict of interest. They are no longer employed at that company anymore.
Project Manager, Environmental Engineer (Current Employee) – Golden, CO – 19 October 2017
I truly enjoyed who I worked with and the work that I did. However Cardno is going though a tough business transition. As a result of financial insecurity and a high turn over of senior management, the future looks uncertain at best. I have a high degree of confidence in the staff, however I do not have confidence in the management team. My office manager did not support my career objectives, or provide encouragement for advancement.
able to work from home, quality coworkers
no funding for training/conferences, no over time, no advancement oppertunities
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – 7 October 2017
Cardno, is a pretty typical workplace, with some issues that could be smoothed out if management had the time to do so. The communication was not a strength, and there were many last minutes changes to projects, which made for a lot of back and forth on whether or not there would be work available for the next week.
With that being said, the work environment and culture is enjoyable, and the compensation is decent for the field overall. Cardno is a good stepping stone for someone looking to learn more about CRM and Ecological Restoration.
Enjoyed the people I worked with. Had to work under alot of deadlines.
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) – I worked from home – 24 July 2017
I enjoyed working for Cardno for the 11 years I was there. They were a good company, but I was laid off due to financial cutbacks. I had two managers during my time at Cardno and both were very good to me.
was always told what a good job I did by my managers
Land Surveyor (Former Employee) – Fort Myers, FL – 7 March 2017
The crew I was assigned to would go to the work site and perform the task required of us that day. These tasks included taking measurements of existing structures, providing grades for roadways, assigning points for structures to be placed or moved, and many other survey related aspects of the construction process. I learned much about how time management is a crucial element in completing a project and that every worker must do their job correctly or it could cause issues in the future. I also learned how to operate complex surveying equipment and proper safety procedures according to OSHA standards. The management at Cardno, Inc. was friendly and did an excellent job of helping me transition into the position by learning from veterans of the job. Everybody at the company got along and worked as a team to ensure that projects were completed in a timely and professional manner. The hardest part of the job for me was adjusting to being outside constantly and exercising caution with heat, but it also became an enjoyable part of the job as I became accustomed to it. What I enjoyed most while working at Cardno, Inc. was the camaraderie that I had with my coworkers and working with the equipment such as the GPS using PDOP and the laser scanner used to make a 3D model of the work site.
Gained knowledge about construction processes and operated complex surveying equipment.
Exposed to some moderate weather occasionally and consistent sun rays.
Project Manager (Current Employee) – United States – 23 February 2017
Great work/life balance. Management treats employees as partners rather than as production cogs. Unfortunately, due to development of single organizational structure, advancement opportunities are not great at this time. This negative is understandable given that Cardno in the US is actually a bunch of different companies which have been purchased in the last decade and they are finally integrating them all into one organizational structure.
Its a job, but its harder do to being so unorganized
Inspector (Current Employee) – Florida – 17 February 2017
I started with company working on an inspection contract. Pay was LOW for the job, but they never complained about over time. We lost the contract, and they offered to cross train, but never really did. The project managers and business unit managers have no organizational skills. On the plus side, they will keep you working, but it will be digging holes, or cutting survey line.
Over Time, people
Disorganized, low pay, no drive by managers to get out of the comfort zone getting new work
Get company to work for if interested in getting onto construction sites
Soil Technician (Current Employee) – Sydney Western Suburbs NSW – 20 September 2016
Fun job to get into always having a laugh with my co wokers but getting the job done at the same time.
Typical day at work usuall is strolling into the lab getting all my gear set up and ready to start the day. Testing is quite a laid back job but you do need to ensure all testing is done correctly as a slight mistake to lead to a big situation.
To wrap it up, all staff and managers are awsome and easy to get along with making it a treat to work with this company.
I had a good supervisor and i managed to travel to many places on construction & site review. Good place to work. My departmement has been eliminated due to oil field cutbacks. Cardno/PPI has decided to get out of the engineering construction business and sold this portion of the company to a senior officer and the division will now focus on deep foundations only.
Administrative Support (Former Employee) – Orange County, CA – 23 August 2016
Extremely chaotic and disjointed. Heavy internal focus at the expense of actually serving the client. This company has been going through a lot of change for quite some time now. If you are looking for a stable environment, this is not the place.