With a job at CTS you can touch a lot of lives and make a difference. However........ For the type of work you do at CTS, you would think the pay scale would be much closer to what nurses make. A large amount of responsibility is placed on the employees not to mention the mental side of what you deal with. The people for the majority are a great group of people. The higher paid office employees, some who make 6 figure incomes, need to actually tread in the shoes of those lower down the pay scale. The experience would completely overwhelm them.
Carry in lunches, some company paid dinners, rewards for suggestions that help the facility and employees.
Long hours on your feet, putting up with people in a processing room you know do not like you.
Traditional Processing Technician and Trainer (Current Employee) – Kettering, OH – August 20, 2017
The job is very fast paced with continuous processing. There is a lot of information to learn during the initial training, but after that the job is very much the same everyday. Work in teams of 3 on the traditional side, so who your team is dictates the atmosphere, but this does change. It is great to know that what you do is directly enhancing the lives of thousands of people. The PTO is amazing (4 weeks starting your very first year!). Opportunities for advancement if you obtain a bachelors degree are slim since most positions only require a high school diploma.
Donor Information Specialist (Current Employee) – Dayton, OH – July 19, 2017
As I hope to advance, my company has given me opportunities to move up. The stress and fast pace can cause panic but the management has to work on better communication with employees. Blame can cause many workers to want to leave. Fair treatment is key to successful workers.
Coordinator (Former Employee) – Toledo, OH – July 11, 2017
It's a great place to work! The hours are crazy, but if you're okay with a 24 hour call schedule, it's a wonderful place to work. The job itself is hard, but if you are good at picking up quickly and remembering responsibilities, then you will be fine.
Great resume builder and great people but upper management can be a little lack luster
Customer Service and Marketing Representative (Current Employee) – Bensalem, PA – January 27, 2017
In all Community Tissue Services is a pretty great place to work, in either the branch sites or the headquarters located in Kettering, OH. Everyone you work with is very friendly and always happy to help, the hours are very reasonable, and is a great resume builder for anyone just getting out of college. Unfortunately in the branch sites there is not a lot of room for advancement though. Upper management can be a little lack luster sometimes, mainly due to the disconnect to the employees on the ground level. Other than that Community Tissue Services is a nice place to work.
People, hours, and good experience
Disconnect with upper management and ground level employees
Central Supply Technician (Current Employee) – Kettering, Ohio – July 15, 2015
My typical day is spent opening the sterile rooms, cleaning equipment, as well as rotation inventory and being a self-initiative worker. I have learned many things. My co-workers are nice. The hardest part of the job can be the work load. Most enjoyable part of my job is making a difference.
Marketing/Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Fresno, CA and Portland, OR – December 3, 2014
I believe the job had at Community Tissue Services was the most fulfilling position I have had in my entire career. I would very much have loved to work there for the entire rest of my career, but fate had other ideas. There was no such thing as a typical day at work as each day held a new and exciting experience in providing most valuable gifts from people who cared enough to be a lasting legacy to people who's lives they could directly and indirectly enhance. I learned something new practically every day, from my co-workers, hospital personnel, surgeons, etc. Learning about the usage of the various human tissue grafts and the hospitals that used them was so exciting. Management up until recently was always very supportive. Unfortunately, the culture of the company appeared to change from one that showed concern and was empathetic to a more revenue oriented concern. The manager to whom I reported had, I believe, risen to his level of incompetence which made him unresponsive to the needs of those who reported directly to him. He seemed to have an agenda that did not include doing what was necessary to assure his reports had what they needed to succeed. Still, though, I think Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is a great organization.
The fantastic learning experience and the mission we sought to achieve.
Process Technician (Current Employee) – Kettering, OH – September 17, 2014
Process donor tissue. Gowned up for long periods of time in aseptic environment. Management can be unrealistic. Co-workers are friendly and easy to work with. The hardest part of the job is being gowned up for hours at a time. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing you are making a positive impact on your community.
I enjoyed working with my coworkers and the donors
Registrar (Former Employee) – Dayton, OH – September 23, 2013
This job is an experience in learning about the way the body works. The donors that I came in contact with were all so willing to do what ever to help. They made my job so much fun. I enjoyed the hours, the pay and the benefits were very good.
A marvelous organization which saves and enhances lives.
Marketing/Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – April 10, 2013
My review of this company is based on the wonderful feeling I had every day I went to work. It was so fulfilling to know the work I was doing was part of a process that enhanced the lives of others. The company mission and philosophy was one of service to the communities in which they had offices and facilities. The main mission was to recover tissue from deceased donors which was then processed and made available for transplantation into patients. The tissues were bones and bone products used for structural support and repair and tendons used to repair or replace native tendons which had failed due to stress or injury. The company also had relationships with other tissue providers which provided machined bone grafts for spinal surgery, heart valves and other cardiovascular grafts used in heart and vascular repair. Up until very recently, the company management was very focused on the "community" aspect of the business. Lately though, that focus seems to have shifted to a less compassionate, more financial business model, maybe owing to the national business downturn. It appears the executive management team is dedicated to the ongoing mission of the company but middle management seems to have become jaded and does not take into account the passion which longtime employees have to give the ultimate in customer service, top quality products, and retention of customers.
the feeling that the job you do makes a difference in the lives of many.
This company has proven to have a high set of standards and values. The company knows what its purpose is and thrives to fulfill the purpose. There are a few snags with things such as benefits, holidays and a few management departments, but all in all, the company is a good one to work for.
pto, great benefits, generally relaxed atmosphere
little advancement in branch locations, extra duties beyond "job", some issues with management/middle management not getting things done that need to be done
Per Diem Tissue Recovery Technician (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – August 24, 2012
Great Company, great cause, as Per Diem, you are required to commit to 10- 24 hour on call shift per month, they may or may not call, if you have a regular Fulltime job it is impossible to keep this comittment.
Recovery Technician (Former Employee) – 3450 North Meridian St. Indpls. In 46204 – July 5, 2012
Wonderful team of management to work for. Community Tissue Services was my first experience with Life Science in the capacity of tissue banking. It was the exposure that I needed to confirm my purpose in life was to try to help others.