Cook Group Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work and grow with one major downside, $.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cook Group

    Pros

    Ethical, honest company that places patient care at the top of its priorities. Solid products with some on leading edge. Rarely bring products to market that are not ready for prime time. Very nice balance between work and family. Good working relationships with same division reps. Management is supportive of promoting talent from within and helps personnel to achieve sales success. Much freedom in how to drive business. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    The compensation is glaringly below market standards. Plan targets are close to impossible for meaningful compensation. Home office can be slow to respond to rep requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue Cook culture and values but bring compensation closer in line with our competitors.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bloomington, IN

    I worked at Cook Group

    Pros

    The company cares about its employees and the people they serve, producing a company culture at Cook that is like no other. Employees are genuinely happy and motivated. They really believe in their work and their products, so they don't do things for the sake of getting it done. Co-workers are your friends, and time outside of work is often spent in their company. And of course, it is tremendously rewarding building products that save peoples lives. This is all a result of great management (a horizontal structure) and great employees. The company as a whole is not only down to earth, but knows what it is doing. And the facility is beautiful.

    Career options and professional development are above average. They truly care about what you find interesting, and will work with you to find the best role for you in the company. Many employees have successfully made 180 degree career changes within the company. They fully support continuing education of their employees.

    Cons

    The location cannot compare to places like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. However, the headquarters is close to Indiana University so the college campus can afford young adults limited entertainment. Outside of the campus, the place is what you would expect of the midwest.

    Cook was behind the curve in IT. Don't expect state-of-the art computers, networking, or infrastructure. Changes in IT occur slowly, and take a long time to be fully adopted.

    Cafeteria really isn't the best, but it's cheap and does the trick.

    You don't work with the best and the brightest, but you work with really intelligent people that lack the qualities that make you want to pull your hair out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Cook: A nice place to work if money isn't important.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cook Group

    Pros

    Cook Medical Inc is not a high pressure sales environment. The company is geared towards doing what is right for the patient. A rep is empowered to do what they feel is appropriate in handling an account. There is lots of free time and you never have to worry about not being able to take time off for personal reasons. Before a rep needs to worry about their job, they would need to have about 2 years of bad sales so it's fair to say this is a stable job. There are not a lot of qualified candidates fighting for your job.

    Cons

    Cook does not pay it's representatives enough money to support a family of four in a middle class lifestyle. The company is owned by Bill Cook and claims to be the largest privately held medical device company in the world. They often show how much the company is growing in revenue but when raises are given, everyone is dissappointed. The only people at Cook who make any money are in senior leadership. The company constantly drops hints about the possibility of going public or upcoming wage increases, but it hasn't happened as long as anyone can remember. But, money isn't everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cook's senior management needs to recruit competent executives to run the company. Part of the secret to being a good business person is to realize when you are not qualified to lead an organization. Sometimes a company outgrows it's leadership and that has happened with Cook. Most of the leadership execs are friends of Bill Cook. A sure way to get into senior managment is to play for Indiana Univeristy's sports teams.

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