College of American Pathologists
3.2 of 5 18 reviews
www.cap.org Northfield, IL

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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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Charles Roussel

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    An Organization with a strong mission!

    Employee (Current Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsEstablished organization that drives change and growth

    ConsNo negative remarks to share

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to build innovative thinkers and go getters to continue the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once this was a terrific place to work but way too many changes to policies and personnel.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat salaries and benefits. Most areas within the College support flexible work schedules. There are still a good number of great people (mostly the ones that have been there a long time).

    ConsHR Department is horrible - do not expect any support if you should have an issue with a manager or co-worker. Policies are or aren't enforced depending on which area you work in. Employee moral is really, really low and a good majority of employees are just waiting it out until the current CEO leaves. There is a small group of "rah rah" employees but only because they happen to be the CEO's "flavor(department) of the year". Pride Principles are shoved down employees' throats but practically no senior management follow them. Environment went from friendly and hard working to a consultant mentality of being overworked, vast burnout and rewarding only the senior management. Very, very few actual promotions occur and those that do are usually due to politics and not the candidate's qualifications or skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pushing values that you yourselves do not follow. Replace your entire HR department - most employees have no faith or respect for them. Go back to the environment that was is place a couple of years ago - employees were happier and much more productive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good business, poor bosses

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    Chicago, IL

    ProsThis place has a lot of loyal customers. As a non-for-profit, this company pays as well as large corporations. There are some smart people in this office, some are long-time employees and others have good experience from labs, other companies, and industries.

    ConsManagement does not stay in touch with staff. There is a feeling that lower employees are kept in the dark about what is going on. Communication from the chiefs is rah-rah and vague.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to management: show up for work and talk to employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The company itself is good! It's management that ruins the experience.

    (Current Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsGreat benefits. HR does good job showing employees are appreciated, however management quickly erases any appreciation the company shows their employees. Great pay, work/life balance, ok vacation and holiday time off, yearly bonus if you don't get a bad review, they let some staff work from home. Great 401k matching and additional contribution at end of year.

    ConsYour manager can make or break you, and varies depending on what dept you end up in. Inconsistant perks from dept to dept. No to little opportunity for advancement either. Employees sit in same job with no promotions for years or title increase. Lots of new hires are relatives and friends of employees are not qualified for jobs. Management is hired or moved in place because of senority or a friend recommendation and have no business managing people. Words such as bipolar, crazy, moody are used to describe mgmt. Very little system support, creates a lot of manual work. The company does not accept change well and they like to do things like they've also done them. Discouraged from thinking outside the box. Managers can be demeaning and bullies. Takes a long time to be vested in benefits listed above.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out your bad management, it causes low employee morale. People walk around the company like they hate their jobs and hate being there. Senority doesn't always make a good manager. Employees don't feel appreciated or respected.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked with CAP for around six months and really enjoyed my time with the organization. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and helpful, especially when I was still getting acclimated to the position.

    ConsThere are no cons worth mentioning.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cutting edge at a breakneck speed

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsSeveral year ago the company started migrating all legacy applications to a single platform. Cutting edge technology is more a norm now than an exception. If you are a software developer and looking for an opportunity to pick up new skills and significantly enhance your resume, College will meet and exceed your expectations. But be prepared to work hard.

    ConsThere are a lot of initiatives, especially in the IT area. But often it feels like more people are needed to sustain a breakneck speed the company tries to maintain. Work-life balance often takes a back seat to achieving aggressive goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company. Felt less like a non-profit than when I started.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsGood people who want to make a difference, overtime typically not required.

    ConsBecame too corporate as it grew, I felt like I had less and less of an impact.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to non-management using terms that are relevant to them instead of business terms. Most people do not have a degree in business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pays the bills and good benefits. Large company.

    Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBig company, so room for advancement. Company has some good, longtime employees. Company provides good customer service to it's customers.

    ConsCompany needs to improve the hiring of qualified people for positions, especially management positions. Hire leaders that manage, inspire, unite and care for their employees. Seniority at a workplace does not mean you are qualified for management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire good leaders at all levels of the company. Poor leaders equal poor work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, unorganized leadership

    Media Relations (Former Employee)
    Northfield, IL

    ProsGreat benefits, flexible work schedule, lots of opportunity

    ConsLeadership changes direction often, big CEO turnover, re-organizations common

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to stay on course

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An organization that has lost its way a bit...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and friendly coworkers

    ConsLarge disconnect between upper management and regular staff, poor internal communication, LOTS of strategy but not enough emphasis on operationalizing anything, too many director-level and above employees and not enough workers

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that CAP is a member-driven organization, it's time to focus more on doing (there has been enough planning and strategizing)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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