American Society for Clinical Pathology

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American Society for Clinical Pathology Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP
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    Competitive salaries for a NFP organization w/ some good, talented folks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The location is excellent. It's close to everything. Salaries are very competitive, and management is not opposed to bonuses for those that perform....and performance IS rewarded. I've found that once I proved that I was a dedicated and competent worker, it was easy to collaborate with all of the other disciplines here. They are very supportive, as long as you're willing to work as hard as they do.

    Secondly, the company allows for flex time, which is absolutely awesome!

    Lastly, most of the staff seem to be very happy, and the work environment is, for the most part, quite positive.

    Cons

    There seems to be some employees who, despite their incompetency, have managed to linger around the organization for awhile. These people are impediments to doing a good job, and may make your job tougher if you are relying on them. They also seem to be the most vocal about anything they perceive as negative, and like to spread their negativity. Luckily, there seems to be only a handful of these types of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the dead weight in the organization...true, there's very little of it, but one rotten apple can spoil the whole basket, right?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time

    Pros

    Great Morale committee. they tried to brighten the days for the staff monthly.

    Cons

    Managers are not managerial material. Managers wait until the end of the year to inform employees of their of their weakness instead of giving feedback during weekly meetings. If you're not in the click then management doesn't care for you.

    Managers often arrives late or leaves early and makes the staff stay late to get their work done.

    Managers are often gone out for drinks on company time and funds. Employees are rewarded with 1% raises and Jewel gift cards at Thanksgiving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society for Clinical Pathology

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great location, Free coffee/tea, Good parties, Plenty of food. Diverse staff and worthwhile mission.

    Cons

    If you can multitask, then there are very little cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Madman" office culture at its best

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office location near next to blue and 1/2 block form red line, free coffee and assorted teas

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Work life balance is nonexistent. VPs and directors expect you to check your e-mail on your days off and weekends. They very often take no responsibility for their bad decisions and are always looking to blame their staff. If you decide to work here, always save your e-mails you will need them to defend yourself, often!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to act/be professional. HR don't ignore reports of inappropriate behavior. Respect your hard working staff. Treat everyone with dignity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to gain experience...but at a price

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1.) Experience- You will be worked hard here, but you will gain experience and exposure to great projects that will boost your resume
    2.) Awesome People- There are a lot of friendly, intelligent, bright, fun people at ASCP
    3.) Location- Center of the loop, easy commute for just about anyone
    4.) Benefits- Inexpensive but thorough portfolio of benefits
    5.) Work/Life Balance- With the exception of a few, the office clears out by 5pm, and if you have a good boss you have the flexibility to adjust your hours /work from home

    Cons

    1.) Lack of Direction- There isn't buy-in from employees on leadership's long and short-term plans, which causes a lot of confusion and creates apathetic employees
    2.) Workload Imbalance- The best and brightest tend to be depended on for 90% of the work, and the delegators/dead weight are left alone (the people that tend to stay at ASCP the longest).
    3.) Office Morale- There is a good amount of skeptic and negative employees (including senior staff and leadership).....being surrounded and directed by that day-in and day-out can bring even the most optimistic people down and affect workplace satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of talented employees under ASCP's roof-- nurture them, give them exposure to new things, listen to their opinions, and mentor them to be the next crop of ASCP leaders (instead of just great candidates for other companies to scoop up). Uphold your values: Reward those who work hard and honorably, and punish those who do not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Think Twice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company benefits, multiple choice coffee, sometimes free food.

    Cons

    Management supervisory style, company morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries are not the best as for a company located downtown. Projects requires to work late hours or work at a home.
    Lower management and supervisory does not have a clue how to manage their employees. ASCP supposed to invents some money in training at least supervisor how to manage and treat their employees. There are some exception however ..... Supervision style is more than worst. Like for an educated people they supposed to have some level of knowledge how to manage other. Maybe this is connected with respect to the others, if you don't respect your employees no matter how you are educated - supervisory / management style is poor. Another is gossiping, this is wide for all departments to gossip and happens even to the management people. This lowers morale of the company. Also judging others, since you are not perfect on 100% perfect and a way away from perfectness stop judging the others. But I believe judging and gossips is in pair and this is a cancer of this company. But still a lot of great people working there, hard working sometimes sacrificing their families, the only question is what they have or will get because of that? even sometimes no "thank you from a supervisor or a manager" The company by itself is great company but remember - the people represents the company so ..... As of almost 8 years of employment I am thinking about a step forward and change employee since this is a stagnation , nothing else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic Culture/Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Education in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Education in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good location downtown. Easy commute

    Cons

    Leadership actually used a Townhall once to call all of employees sycophants and losers because we gossip! Leadership was out of touch, very clicky environment. Good people left constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, heed your own corporate jingos and start behaving like decent people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not the worst company I've worked for, but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time

    Pros

    It's difficult to put together a genuine list of pros. Here is my attempt:
    1) Location - The office has a convenient location in the Loop.
    2) Parties - They know how to throw down during company functions.
    3) Benefits - I probably won't come across a benefits package like theirs again.

    Cons

    1) Upper Management - They often ignore legitimate criticisms and don't see the potential in their own staff.
    2) Long Hours - This doesn't apply to everyone, but those who really care about the projects they're involved in seem to work 300% harder than their complacent counterparts (who outnumber them 10-to-1).
    3) No Room for Growth - There is no ladder to climb and there are hardly any opportunities to gain new skills. If professional development is important to you, I would highly suggest looking elsewhere.
    4) Compensation - This isn't really much of a con. It's a not-for-profit company, so low pay is almost an implication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the issues outlined in these reviews (and no, not the fake ones you've planted).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Joke.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Society for Clinical Pathology as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Summer picnic Christmas party and free multichoice coffee.

    Cons

    If your boss is jerk forget about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people working really hard and having nothing. The others not, and they are on the top. People leaving at 3 pm have best schedule but this include only small group of people. Looks like management and IT work the longest hours; however, IT suffers from its problems overloaded, they are never happy. Management should really respect workers not treat them like nobody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Style over Substance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Society for Clinical Pathology full-time

    Pros

    None. But since I have to write 5 words, good parties.

    Cons

    The discordant, disparate responses between the disgruntled current and former employees and the senior management, who have conspired to get on Glassdoor in a sophomoric effort to boost their ratings, reveal the total dysfunction of ASCP. Based on my experience, the criticisms of the former are accurate. It is noteworthy that the senior management, rather than taking these criticisms as important feedback that they need to improve, have responded in a defensive and demeaning manner. No more so than the response entitled, “Great place for those not focused on ego, their helicopter parents, or instant promotions to CEO.”, which is clearly from the Executive Vice President (CEO) of the organization. It is indicative of their leadership and management style. Rather than inspire, promote, and encourage, the senior management has a “Gang of Four” mentality to suppress, demoralize, and oppress. They are not interested in your opinion, your ideas, your passion, or your out-of-the-box thinking. They have created and are sustaining an organizational culture of mediocrity. They are more interested in looking good than being good, style over substance, fluff over stuff, on how things look rather than how they are. It is all about parties and hobnobbing with celebrities. And trying to look better than CAP….they are the Avis of the laboratory medicine world, second and “trying harder”.

    The senior management is hiring the wrong people and/or are poor managers. Either way they are incompetent. And given the tenor of their responses, it is more of the latter than the former. If your career is important to you, I advise that you stay far away from ASCP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. Resign, retire, whatever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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