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Updated December 5, 2017
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  1. "Great!"

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

    I worked at Cottingham & Butler (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great coworkers. Management does a good job keeping everyone together between meetings, events and fun activities throughout the work day.

    Cons

    Sometimes sales is condescending of service....

    Advice to Management

    Get more women in sales and men in service and things will even out


  2. "Burned out"

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

    I worked at Cottingham & Butler full-time

    Pros

    Zero drama, fun coworkers who really were the best part of the job

    Cons

    Unless you are in sales, you make squat. Your health insurance is a high deductible plan that you pay out the nose for (Even though you are working for your own insurance company!) and those making $30k a year were paying the same rates as those making $100k plus a year. I was efficient so I was given so much to do that I burned out within 3 years. It is nice to be told constantly that they only hire the best, but put some money where your mouth is. Also, learn what work/personal life balance is. There was NONE in the 3 years I worked there. I worked constantly, night and weekends as well as days.

  3. "Earn what you are worth"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Producer in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cottingham & Butler full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cottingham & Butler expects you to be self-driven and self-motivated. All the tools are there for you to succeed BUT if you expect your hand to be held and expect to be coddled, then you shouldn't apply.

    Cons

    C&B management expects you to be self-driven and self-motivated. If you can't figure out your path and aren't able to read and educate yourself, then don't apply.


  4. "Cottingham & Butler"

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

    I have been working at Cottingham & Butler full-time

    Pros

    The company is amazing, no co-worker drama, great supervisor's. Overall great experience for a great place to work.

    Cons

    Not as big of a company as other places so benefits are okay (self-funded group & high deductible plan) and PTO is average.


  5. "C&B for the Win"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cottingham & Butler full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Working in an office setting .


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cottingham & Butler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly and caring.

    Cons

    Awful management. HR does not care about current employees, only getting new employees in (to replace the constant turnover)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees you have and spend time on making them better. Not just win CEs but with working skills. Listen and respond, don't just listen and not react.


  7. "Possibly the best you can do in Dubuque"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cottingham & Butler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK (not great) but better than other places locally
    Flexible work atmosphere/not micromanaged
    Team mentality
    Some very smart coworkers
    On the up-side, the business continues to do well and be profitable (however, the average employee will not see any of this come back to them).

    Cons

    Total compensation is very lacking unless you are on the sales team
    People who support sales get very little reward compared to sales, even though you will be told again and again how valuable you are
    Company will take advantage of good, hard workers
    General philosophy is that everyone is replaceable. Won't try too hard to retain truly good employees.
    Some TRULY stupid coworkers. As in, you're wondering how they manage to get to work each day.
    Male-dominated atmosphere with sexual harassment running rampant. Locker room talk is perfectly acceptable and encouraged by male team leaders/practice leaders and it leads to an overall toxic environment over time if you are a woman.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what's happening in your departments. Ask people who are doing the work daily how it's going instead of just listening to practice leaders' rosy view of everything.

    Realize that if you are going to attract real talent, and more than that, retain your talented employees, you need to offer better pay and better benefits to compete with the rest of the market.

    For example, starting an employee at 10 days of vacation is great for a recent college grad but not appealing to someone with 10+ years of experience. Paying someone half of their market value and pretending you are giving them a good salary is also not the way to retain employees.

  8. "Professional work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cottingham & Butler full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities for growth, ongoing CE is encouraged. Young new hires keep atmosphere fun.

    Cons

    Male dominated management; work-life balance not a high priority


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    Pros

    good work culture, very young

    Cons

    no structured training. it is set up as to where you will either sink or swim.

    Advice to Management

    train and invest in your employees more. After all, they are selling themselves, not a product


  10. "Cottingham & Butler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A typical insurance environment. Very pretty building.

    Cons

    Can get intense at times.


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