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I have been working at Central States Funds full-time (More than 10 years)
There are really too many Pros to list - and you can really tell this by the longevity of most of the employees. Many, many employees have been here for 30+ years.
Health insurance benefits are exceptional.
401(k) - Could use improvement on the matching front - but there is also a pension plan (see Cons).
Flexible working hours - and for Union Employees (teamsters) 35 hour work week.
Lunch allowance and on-site cafeteria.
Covered - garage parking.
Very few cons but one is the fear that the Pension Fund will not survive. Central States Funds is divided into two entities, TeamCare - the Health and Welfare Fund (Health Insurance) and Central States Pension Fund. These were started as the Health and Welfare and Pension Funds for the Teamsters Union in the central region of the United States, it has been around since the 1950s. TeamCare (the health insurance portion) is doing extremely well. However, the Pension Fund - which is a multi-employer defined contribution plan is suffering the fate of many other pension funds within this country. I have no worries for the immediate future, but unless federal legislation is passed and or changed, like many other pension funds, it may not survive. The Executive Director, his staff and the Board of Trustees are doing everything that they can to try to remedy this situation - but it is an uphill battle.
If you want a great place to work - even with these "Cons" I would still highly recommend working for Central States Funds.
Advice to Management
Management keep trying to make changes - what has been implemented so far has helped - Keep working at everything.
I applied online. I interviewed at Central States Funds (Rosemont, IL).
One word, Terrible. Most unprofessional interview I've ever experienced. There are two portions, a test portion and then in-person interview. The HR person who instructs you is delightful and the electronic test portion are fairly easy. Then begins the in-person interview. There were two managers. One was either extremely sleepy or drugged as they could barely open their eyes. The other besides the initial introduction stared silently with no input or questions. The main interviewer made it seem as if it were a bother to be giving an interview at all and I had the distinct impression they were uninterested in being there. As interviews are usually conducted for the purpose of giving an idea of the company environment, even if I am offered a position I will likely decline as that first impression discouraged me from seeing the company as one I would want to work for.
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