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Cato Research Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Very friendly and positive work environment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team-oriented. Friendly and intelligent peolple to work with. Flexible hours and schedule sto accomodate a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The biggest negative to Cato Research is their extremely low pay for this market. They attempt to offset this by allowing for quicker advancement and more broad opportunities; however, the pay gap is way too large to compensate for these incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Setting below market salaries to compensate for greater flexibility/experience is okay; but not at the drastic degree Cato has chosen.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "It was ok...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cato Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I worked at Cato, it was my first professional job. Everyone had their own office and the schedule was flexible.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible! At one point they even cut our salaries and asked people to work less hours. Promotions were only given to the "favorites". My department in particular was small and it was hard to get along with a certain someone who had basically been there since the beginning and always got their way. There weren't any bonuses and the training could use an overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more $$$ to retain your employees. Allow for more training opportunities. We are not in the 90s anymore. Upgrade your systems!


  3. "Great training opportunity"

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    Current Employee - CRM in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - CRM in Durham, NC
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunity due to smaller sized company, you get to wear many hats and get hands-on experience

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism, virtually no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees due to skill level and potential instead of playing favorites and offering no reason to favor one employee over another for "Eagles Program"


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stimulating, supporting, challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Collegiality, responsibility, exposure to industry (pharma)

    Cons

    Communication by upper level management

    Advice to Management

    see cons, plus pay attention to all employee levels


  6. "Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits for Cato employees

    Cons

    Great opportunities, tends to have more employees that are earlier in their career


  7. "Regulatory Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cato Research full-time

    Pros

    Ideal place to get a strong foundation in regulatory affairs or other areas dealing with drug submissions.

    Cons

    Pay is too low and very little room for career expansion unless willing to stay for 5 years or more.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very good (very smart), but the low pay is demoralizing.


  8. "Project Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Cato Research full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the industry
    Team members are wonderful individuals
    Each person, no matter their title, treats you like a valued member of the company

    Cons

    Essentially, one of the only things lacking about this company is the lack of funds (or will?) to offer a competitive salary
    A lot of grumbling when an employee leaves (for a higher salary) - should learn from this in order to maintain retention


  9. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cato Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance at times. Great education. Cato values each employee. Upper management is some of the best.

    Cons

    Salary even for a fellowship was very low. Retirement contribution is not always given. Computers are old.

    Advice to Management

    Up the salary and vacation so that there will be higher morale. Great company with a few tweaks.


  10. "Employee retention"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, still many wonderful employees who are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Salaries are way under industry standards. Training used to be good, but training is now sparse and it is now more difficult to get external training opportunities approved. Software is outdated. Lots of employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Employee retention should be more of a focus.


  11. "Cato Research provided the training that I needed to jumpstart my career in the CRO industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cato Research full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with great team members. CATO allowed you to have flexible work schedule which enabled you to be able to work from home when necessary. I really enjoyed the culture of the company, we had monthly staff meetings, and occasional pot luck dinners. It was nice not to work in a cube farm since the company was small enough to where everyone knew your
    name. I valued the excellent training CATO provided me, and I believe it helped me immensely when joining the CRO industry.

    Cons

    Their compensation is lacking. Due to the small culture of the company, they just can not pay you as competitively to the other neighboring CROs. I also found a lack of career advancement, as work was steady, but CATO was not also seeing the big name pharmaceutical companies coming through the door to partner with them in their clinical trials.


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