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CAI Overview

Indianapolis, IN
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Started business in 1996 with 2 people and are now over 500 worldwide. CAI strives to help our clients design, deliver, operate, and maintain quality, critical manufacturing facilities by pooling our global resources. Our engineering, technical, and consulting services encompass ... Read more

Mission: We exist to be the trusted solution for our clients as they strive to build a better working world and improve the human experience.

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CAI – Why Work With Us?

Core Values and Foundational Principles

We act with integrity, We serve society, We serve each other, We work for our future. Everything takes care of itself if you do this. 

We believe in:

Respect for others, putting team before self and a can do attitude.

What does employee ownership mean to you? In addition to the other great aspects of being 100% employee owned (common goals, contributing to the direction of the company) there is the value we all create for each other. This chart represents the growth in value of your shares if you had a hypothetical $100,000 salary in 2008 (year 1 when we implemented the ESOP) through 2019. This does not include compounding, dividends, our safe harbor (3% of salary paid in vested cash) or any profit sharing bonuses which are also paid in cash and 100% vested, nor does it reflect pay raises. In some years we may get 9% stock, some years 10%, some 12%, it depends on the year, our performance and what the board decides. The initial stock you got if you were here in 2008 and making $100,000, is worth $36,642 today. The total you would have made, in stock only, is worth over $200,000 today.

This is what is meant in our foundational principle “We work for our future”.

Some of our consultants rarely travel. They go to a large, stable client site and work on a variety of projects for a good part of their careers. They still get the variety we all crave but they don’t need to travel. However, most of our consultants travel extensively. We complete the project they are on, and then we need to find them another project that matches their skill set. It may be in their home area or possibly outside of that. We don’t like paying for the travel and neither do our customers, however, to get the projects done in a timely manner, we mobilize people with the right skill sets to that next project. Our first goal is to keep you close to home with a reasonable commute. For example, Seattle people may go to Portland or vice versa. If there are no projects in that area that fit your skillset, then perhaps you'll go San Francisco or LA for 2 months (or 3, or 6!). From Boston, you could find yourself in NH, RI, or maybe even upstate NY. From Raleigh, you could be in Western NC, the Carolina Coast, VA or maybe SC. All within a few hours drive from home. These closer projects are typically Monday-Friday, and if you have your hours done early, and the client is OK with it, you can arrive or leave when it works for them and you. If we have nothing closer to home and longer travel is required, (say Boston to LA) then we typically follow a travel schedule of 10 days on the client site, 4 days at home. This method prohibits having to leave on a Friday, take a red-eye to get home then spend your free time doing laundry and repacking just to board a flight early Monday to get back to the client site. Letting you have 4 days at home enables you to plan activities with your friends and family, take care of responsibilities, relax and have a personal life. We try to accommodate our employee-owners’ wishes as much as possible, but keep in mind that if you come here, chances are you will travel.

We also offer opportunities to travel abroad. These are usually volunteer assignments and are typically sought after by our employees. Who wouldn’t want to go to Ireland for 3 months and drink Guinness at the source? You’re learning new skills on a cutting edge project and typically have weekends free to explore Europe or Asia with cheap regional flights..

We don’t insist you take the cheapest flight, do multiple connections to save a few dollars or take red eyes. We are all employee-owners and we respect our time and the fact that our travel makes us all profit and drives our stock price forward. If you prefer a particular hotel or airline brand, fly them or stay with them. Flights are typically within dollars of each other, as are hotels. When you get status you get more flexibility with the airlines and hotels to make your stays much more comfortable. We also don’t take the cheapest class of flight (Basic economy) but take “Main Cabin” on most airlines. You choose your seat, get overhead bins, and so forth.

A huge personal benefit of our travel is that you keep the points. Most of us have credit cards that pay us hundreds of dollars back each year or give us thousands of points to use at our favorite hotels or airlines when we travel for personal vacations. The Cayman Islands here we come! 24 days of PTO is a lot of vacations!

"CAI gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact on the life sciences industry and participate in making the manufacturing process better. I’ve been given the opportunity to chart my own course, learn, and succeed based on my willingness to work hard and help others." - David Shenberger

"As an employee-owner of CAI, the career possibilities are endless. In the short time I have been with the company, I have already been exposed to Commissioning and Qualification, Validation, Automation, and Human Performance. Within each of these business areas, I continue to be impressed with the wealth of knowledge the other employee-owners have and their willingness to help." - Leigh Schiffmacher

"I enjoy working for CAI because of the people. CAI hires some of the most intelligent and dedicated people I have ever met." - Dan Carpenito

"I love working at CAI because the culture is one of inclusiveness where you want to succeed in not only your own endeavors but those of the company as well." - Yael Snyder

"I love working at CAI because of the flexibility, professional growth, and the camaraderie!" - Lana Caperton

"The culture at CAI revolves around great people working together to help our clients deliver hi-tech products and services that are essential to sustaining and improving people’s lives." - Charlie Maher

"CAI strives to have a culture of teamwork and continuous process improvements for not only our clients but for ourselves as well.  I love working at CAI because of the people and knowing that we are working together to help patients feel better while supporting life-saving drug delivery." - Jennifer Lauria Clark

CAI Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Great Company with Fantastic Benefits"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAI full-time (More than a year)


    Knowledgeable and approachable senior staff, fantastic retirement benefits, and huge career growth potential


    Constant travel can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on placing agents in their passion areas, and continue to encourage professional development.

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CAI Photos

CAI photo of: 2020 Annual Retreat Beach Fun
CAI photo of: Rocky Mountain Spring ISPE Vendor Show 2020
CAI photo of: Pacific NW holiday gathering
CAI photo of: Team Dinner in IL, beer good
CAI photo of: Harry Benson Presentation
CAI photo of: 2020 Annual Retreat Bob & Mike
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CAI Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    CQV Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at CAI.


    The HR person really goes into detail with ALL of the benefits and explains travel, the company and the culture. They are super focused on letting you know everything so if you come there you know what you can expect. After that you get a more technical interview by a manager or subject matter person.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you want to work? What type of travel tolerance do you have?   Answer Question
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CAI Awards & Accolades

  • Company of the Year, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), 2002
  • Company of the Year, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), 2009

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

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