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Updated January 16, 2018
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  • New management team with new vision completely different from what it was before 2010 (in 6 reviews)

  • IT has declined dramatically since new management arrived (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Perfect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAS full-time

    Pros

    1. Finally got rid of useless marketing people by removing 1/3 of them.
    2. Incredible new initiatives going on throughout the company.
    3. Job security.
    4. The best initiatives are kept secret.

    Cons

    Some just can't embrace change.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing everything right. No need to look over your shoulder getting in your car at night in an empty lot.


  2. "Great place for retirees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CAS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and good benefits.

    Cons

    Career dead end. Very mind-numbing.

  3. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a nice working environment

    Cons

    May be a little limitation in career advancement for ambitious persons.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Is it good or bad?"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CAS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, but not sure where the current leadership id headed

    Cons

    Been there almost 25 years but not sure this is a possitive for the Current leadership. They may be lookong for all new blood


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Where Careers go to Die"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, campus, and that is about it

    Cons

    You do not want to work here. There are no career paths, no growth opportunities and no training. CAS wants to control every aspect of your career so that when they are through with you they can just show you the door. You will not thrive here, you will only try to survive, which is difficult enough. The culture is toxic and management knows that if they provide career training people will take that training and flee. Management will always be the smartest people in the room even when they are clearly not. Only those with huge egos, the arrogant and the bullies are rewarded in the CAS culture. Their current and future business plan will rely on a churn cycle of hiring and firing to make their bottom line look good for DC because they have reached the tipping point of price increases and new product sales to a market that is increasingly budget constrained. Employees are just a commodity in this environment so if your goal is to be just another casualty of poor management, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter because you don't listen to anyone anyway.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Smart and friendly coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Technology in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Technology in Columbus, OH
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many smart people work here. They are always trying to improve. They are not the most cutting edge but they are getting there.

    Cons

    Pay is probably close to the 70th percentile. Not bad but could be better.

    Advice to Management

    less meetings.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Career Destination!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAS full-time

    Pros

    Mission, Vision, Culture, Products, Benefits, Colleagues

    Cons

    company name recognition in Central Ohio area

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Management needs to go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, interesting subject matter, nice campus

    Cons

    Management - upper, middle and front-line

    Advice to Management

    Actually put someone in charge that knows the material their section is responsible for. A chemist shouldn't run an IT section, nor should an accountant. A degree in something doesn't mean you can manager people, simply means you have a degree. Give your people the tools to do their job and if you have employees that aren't doing their job (or much of anything), either get rid of them or move them to an area that doesn't take as much effort, thought or knowledge.


  9. Helpful (21)

    "Morbidly dysfunctional company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people outside of management. Good to serve the scientific community, if a new management team is ever brought in.

    Cons

    The Columbus management is irreparably dysfunctional. They survive by milking their dubious monopoly on data that big pharma and big chemical companies must have. IT delivers the data, and executives collect undeserved massive salaries. It's publicly-available info that Manny makes over $1m/yr. He goosed revenue via price-gouging, and has squandered millions in failed projects.

    Positive reviews here are propaganda directed by management. A PWC survey conducted by ACS in DC tells the true story. Data from that survey align with negative reviews you see here. It's a toxic environment, held together by golden hand-cuff compensation plans; "signing bonus" paid up-front to stay a year; generous 401k matching that doesn't vest till year three. You get promoted if you go along with the lies, but then you'll have to start lying yourself to keep your job. Interview here, and HR will tell you bald-faced lies. Note that you will not be free to talk with employees who have not been carefully selected.

    Advice to Management

    DC needs to clean house in Columbus. Entire executive team must go. Even the few who are not horrible are complicit.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Incompetent and self serving management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAS full-time

    Pros

    No authority means no stress

    Cons

    No authority / ownership means no motivation or opportunities to advance. People looking to learn, grow and advance need not apply. People that are willing to follow a group of incompetent managers and not challenge their ridiculous directions can have a long career at CAS. It's unfortunate that so many great, talented people are forced into this situation because there are not enough opportunities in Columbus, Ohio. Something has to give for this organization. Their long term sustainability is doomed. It is unfortunate that the management doesn't care about the long term growth of the company. They only care about maintaining their $500k plus packages for their time there. None of them could be in any management roles outside of a nonprofit with zero accountability like CAS. I guess that is what is most disgusting; the fact that these VPs and the ceo can be so unprofessional and so incompetent at running a company and yet they maintain there jobs year over year after year because they have no oversight, but for the ACS, which is located in DC, and turns a blind eye to the CAS dis function. Never mind, the ACS should really be called the Indian chemical society because they are allowing CAS to outsource jobs to India. Members of this organization and people being gouged to pay for Scifinder really need to be aware of the truth behind these organizations

    Advice to Management

    You believe you have all the answers so there is no poinr


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