Cato Research Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
9 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very friendly and positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cato Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Team-oriented. Friendly and intelligent peolple to work with. Flexible hours and schedule sto accomodate a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The biggest negative to Cato Research is their extremely low pay for this market. They attempt to offset this by allowing for quicker advancement and more broad opportunities; however, the pay gap is way too large to compensate for these incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Setting below market salaries to compensate for greater flexibility/experience is okay; but not at the drastic degree Cato has chosen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was ok....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cato Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    When I worked at Cato, it was my first professional job. Everyone had their own office and the schedule was flexible.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible! At one point they even cut our salaries and asked people to work less hours. Promotions were only given to the "favorites". My department in particular was small and it was hard to get along with a certain someone who had basically been there since the beginning and always got their way. There weren't any bonuses and the training could use an overhaul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more $$$ to retain your employees. Allow for more training opportunities. We are not in the 90s anymore. Upgrade your systems!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cato Research provided the training that I needed to jumpstart my career in the CRO industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

    I worked at Cato Research full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with great team members. CATO allowed you to have flexible work schedule which enabled you to be able to work from home when necessary. I really enjoyed the culture of the company, we had monthly staff meetings, and occasional pot luck dinners. It was nice not to work in a cube farm since the company was small enough to where everyone knew your
    name. I valued the excellent training CATO provided me, and I believe it helped me immensely when joining the CRO industry.

    Cons

    Their compensation is lacking. Due to the small culture of the company, they just can not pay you as competitively to the other neighboring CROs. I also found a lack of career advancement, as work was steady, but CATO was not also seeing the big name pharmaceutical companies coming through the door to partner with them in their clinical trials.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great training opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRM  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CRM in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunity due to smaller sized company, you get to wear many hats and get hands-on experience

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism, virtually no bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employees due to skill level and potential instead of playing favorites and offering no reason to favor one employee over another for "Eagles Program"

    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Stimulating, supporting, challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cato Research

    Pros

    Collegiality, responsibility, exposure to industry (pharma)

    Cons

    Communication by upper level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see cons, plus pay attention to all employee levels

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good place to start career

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

    I have been working at Cato Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Possibility to work from home on occassion
    Professional Environment
    Great group insurance
    Decent learning experience
    Decent vacation time

    Cons

    Compensation
    Recognition of work
    Favoritism
    Workload is too heavy sometimes
    Employee benefits (RRSP, Bonus) not always received

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change mentality - Things are moving forward and company is stuck in the 90s! Need to spend money to make it. Too many "useless" personnel. Hire the right people for the right job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Opportunities for advancement are good

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Generalist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Cato Research

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities, family friendly atmosphere, cooperative team environment,

    Cons

    Expectations to work more than 40 hrs per week. Excessive work load. Employees over extended, required to wear too many "hats".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise to Cato Research Ltd, leadership would be to pay closer attention to human capital with regards to work loads, time off, compensation, rewards, and work from home opportunties.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great working environment

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

    I have been working at Cato Research

    Pros

    Friendly and Supportive Working Environment
    Great Training and Experience across a Wide Range of Clinical Trial
    Vacation and Personal Time are Encouraged

    Cons

    Low Salary for Amount of Responsibility
    Company is Understaffed
    Current Employees are Overworked and Spread Thin Across Multiple Projects
    Systems and Software are Outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People come to CATO to gain experience and then leave for higher salaries that pay them $10k-$20k more a year and require less work. Increasing salaries is an investment in your current employees and would result in a more efficient and productive company rather than one that is continually paying for employee training.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Cato research is a "family style" workplace, for better and worse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tel Aviv (Israel)

    I have been working at Cato Research

    Pros

    Proffesionalism, exposure to many aspects of clinical trials, exposure to global studies managment, intimate office with caring people.

    Cons

    Workload is exhausting, most people are spread very thin over many assignments

    Recommends

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