At Carle Health System, 82 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1915 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.58. It was published on Jan 2, 2018. 3393 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People celebrate special events around here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Carle Health System to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Carle Health System is a vertically integrated health system with over 7,000 employees in its hospitals, physician group, health plan and healthcare businesses. Consistently recognized among the nation’s best, Carle serves people through high quality care, medical research and education. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Urbana, Illinois, 61801 US Sites: 36
Major Locations: Danville, Illinois, 61832; Charleston/Mattoon/Tuscola, Illinois, 61820; Rantoul, Illinois, 61866; Monticello, Illinois, 61856; Mahomet, Illinois, 61853; Rossville/Milford, Illinois, 60963; Hoopeston/Cissna Park/Watseka, Illinois, 60942; Springfield, Illinois, 62704; Yakima/Wenatchee, Washington, 98902 US Employees: 7,166
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1931

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Perks and Programs

We asked Carle Health System to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Departmental Recognition Dollars: Carle recognizes that organizational appreciation events alone aren’t enough to sustain a culture of appreciation. As such, Carle adds departmental recognition funds to the budgets of every leader at the start of the calendar year. Leaders can then exercise discretion with how they use their departmental recognition dollars to deliver meaningful recognition to their teams. One rule, leaders are not allowed to use the dollars for individual recognition (separate programs i.e. Key Contributor and Bonus Bucks Awards cover that element), rather they are required to use the dollars to appreciate the team as a whole. Examples of how leaders use the dollars vary and some of our favorites include: chair massages, chocolate fountain, movie tickets, surprise catered meals, taco bar, popcorn bar, brain escapes teambuilding events, and many more.
  • Carle Career Center: The Carle Career Center is a service provided to all employees at Carle looking for assistance with knowing which job is right for them, how to achieve their career aspirations, evaluating educational programs, learning more about the tuition assistance benefits, better understanding of their strengths through a free Strong Interest Inventory Assessment, and other job readiness advice and guidance. Employees can access this Career Center on their own or be referred from Carle Recruitment or through their manager. The Career Center was created as professional development is not just solely important to our employees, rather it is a shared belief with the organization and promoting enhanced communications and support about the longevity employees can have with their careers at Carle serves our paradigm of our employee investment strategy.
  • Committment to Wellness: The Charge employee wellness program is designed to engage employees in health and wellness programs and activities that encourage and support healthy behaviors. The Charge program provides free biometric screening, personal health assessment, 5k walk/run, step challenge, wellness triathlon, nutritional challenges such as Maintain Don’t Gain, and Eat This, Not That. In 2017, Charge subsidized 30% of the cost of FitBit Altas to promote the annual step challenge. Other events are hosted that promote more than just physical well-being such as preparing for retirement and emotion and mental well-being with mindfulness. Charge uses a team challenge approach that encourages employees to utilize the strength and energy of their co-workers to be successful in adopting healthier habits. The more an employee participates, the more rewards they acquire and the more opportunity they have to win a variety of gifts and prizes.
  • Veteran and Military Initiative: The military and veteran support services program was established in June of 2016 as a means to increase recruitment outreach efforts and increase support structures for Veterans and Military employees. Successful efforts to date have been to identify best practices for recruitment, recognition, and retention of military employees. For recruitment, a formalized relationship with local VA Medical Center, training provided to internal recruitment team on military ranking and resumes, creation of a military job to Carle job translator tool, establishment of a 3 year veteran and military hiring goal, and an enhanced employee referral program for employees who refer veterans or military personnel to Carle. Several recognition and retention efforts are in place with Veteran’s and Memorial Day celebratory events, thank you cards personalized from the CEO and CMO, badge identifier, reserved premier parking, mentor program, and a specialized orientation to help military individuals acclimate to the civilian workforce.
  • Way to Be Recognition Program: The Way to Be recognition program is a formalized opportunity for staff and leaders to express gratitude towards one another based upon the five Behavior Standards that exist at Carle. By nominating a teammate, the nomination is published on the organizational wide intranet for all staff to view and acknowledgement of the Way to Be is shared within departmental teams. Additionally, the nominee receives a certificate that highlights the reason for the nomination. All Way to Be nominations are considered for a quarterly award.  Quarterly winners are then eligible for the annual Way to Be award.  Annual winners of the Way to Be award are selected through an organizational-wide vote with winners receiving a special celebratory event.
  • Employee Development Programs: There are currently five career-specialized training programs offered at Carle such as Support Services, Nurse Residents, Certified Medical Assistants, Patient Service Representatives, and Healthcare Technicians designed to give an in-depth hands-on training opportunity for employees to aide in their employment success. At the foundation of these programs is support. Carle recognizes to lift up toward success some individuals need support and Carle dedicated instructors and coaches are committed to identify any early signs of distress and work with the employee for resolution. These programs are intended to boost employment in the communities Carle serves, by providing employment opportunities to candidates. Through these development programs, candidates receive the intense training required to succeed in Carle's culture, thus reducing overall vacancies, enhancing orientation and onboarding, and decreasing unemployment rates in the community. Carle offered 145 positions in 2016-2017 combined for the programs showcased above.
  • Employee-Centered Progressive Benefits: Carle recognizes the cost of continuing education can be difficult, which is why the tuition assistance benefit provides up to $4000 up front for collegiate education instead of it being available as a reimbursement after the classes. Additionally, Carle has partnered with area and online colleges and universities to provide additional grants, scholarships, and discounts. Balancing work and life can be challenging, as such Carle has partnered with a local frozen meals to-go business that offers Carle employees prepared meals delivered to an employee’s work location at a discount. Continuing learning opportunities that meet employees’ needs at a time and place that is convenient for them is why we have created on-demand learning modules employees promoting professional development without spending time in a classroom. Because life can be unpredictable, Carle also offers a paid leave donation program in which employees can donate their accrued vacation time to others in need.
  • Legacy Bricks Recognition Program: To celebrate the impact and commitment employees make to the organization, the Loyalty Courtyard is designed of bricks located outside a hospital entrance. The names of each Carle employee who has supported the health system for 30 or more years is imprinted on the bricks that create the courtyard. More than 300 employees and physicians were honored with this inaugural milestone in 2017. The bricks are dedicated during Employee Appreciation Week with members of the executive leadership team commemorating the event with a personalized and special showing of appreciation. The Courtyard was named to recognize the hundreds of Carle staff who make the life-changing care Carle provides every day.
  • Kickball Tournament: Opportunities to connect outside of Carle are also important in further building teamwork. The kickball tournament provides a healthy activity and one that does not require specialized skill to play making kickball the perfect sport to select. Participants from across all functions and departments were represented at Carle’s inaugural kickball tournament. Teams were given a team t-shirt, many teams practiced together prior to the event, and many fans were in attendance including other employees and family members. It was an event that not only strengthened relationships of kickball team members, but it also brought people together from across Carle that would not normally interact with one another. Charge Wellness points were also offered to participants to earn prizes for overall healthy lifestyles and choices.
  • Onsite Daycare: The Caring Place is an onsite daycare center in operation for over 30 years serving the daycare needs of Carle employees and members of the community. From babies to school age children, The Caring Place offers a safe, loving, and learning environment for children. The center is regulated by DCFS and goes beyond required regulations by investing heavily in the professional development of the teachers to create an environment in which children thrive. The daycare center offers its services to Carle employees first and at a discounted rate, but also serve community needs as well. The daycare center is staffed to also accommodate drop-ins of Carle employees’ children when other day care or school arrangements fall through at the last minute.


$67,139 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Nursing $59,736 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Business Professional
80% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for full time employee) 80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for full time employee)
59% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$2,940 Average Tuition Reimbursement
CEO Rounding


24 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 12 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
7 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 6 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option (4% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (coffee shop discount (including Starbucks coffee), complimentary departmental coffee and tea, cafeteria payroll deduction, onsite fitness center, daycare, prepared frozen meals to go, shuttle service, free parking, scrub sales, ATM, credit union, gift shop, specialty clothing/book/jewelry sales, departmental catering, Carle classifieds-buy and sell personal products, flu shots, sleep rooms, conveniently located lactation rooms, continued education courses for help and well being, employee assistance program, life coaching for physicians, CPR training, pharmacy, financial consulting, company store to purchase employee branded products, library, career center, security assistance including jump starts and unlocking vehicles, payroll deduct medical bills, community blood bank donations, and emergency carpooling for weather related instances, self defense classes)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
$5,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$34,992,503 Philanthropic donations in last year $115,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Bruce Osborne Leads environmental impact team Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Lauren Schmid, Vice President Human Resources oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Employees reentering the workforce
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Scrub Camp Inspiring Youth


Thanksgiving donation to local food bank

How to Get Hired

We asked Carle Health System for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Being compassionate, competent, understanding, resilient and patient are strong characteristics that a candidate must possess in order to not only be successful at Carle, but also be successful within the healthcare industry.  Carle also desires candidates that exemplify the Carle Behavior Standards which define approachability, respect, professionalism, being solution-oriented, and being a team player.  Carle’s branding of “life changing” applies not only to what we do for our patients and members, but also what we can provide to employees.  Carle connects with candidates that are motivated to be part of something more than themselves, to be part of a movement to inspire the potential. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Carle is drawn to candidates that share examples of how they have made a difference, individuals motivated with the self-discipline, and have the ability to overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and serve others. Candidates that showcase their approachability, respect, professionalism, their ability to problem solve, and work successfully within teams are also highly sought after.  Individuals that exhibit an ability to manage multiple priorities, have strong work and/or educational experiences illustrating competence and commitment, as well as individuals that volunteer or give back to the community in some way are quick to capture our attention. For leadership positions, Carle is most interested in candidates with a propensity for people leadership; putting the team’s needs ahead of their own.  Those that can drive and socialize change while embracing the Carle Behavior Standards are the ones that will get our attention.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Carle has an aggressive growth plan in the future and with that growth comes the need for diversified talent.  Clinical professionals such as nursing, physicians, advanced practice providers, therapy and allied health positions are key to meeting that growth plan.  Additionally, support care teams are critical to our success and with anticipated growth, patient care and support services will continue to be an important area of focus.  Also, Carle will be looking for solution-oriented and innovative individuals to further the movement of fostering innovations in care and service.  This also relates to the staffing of the new Carle-University of Illinois College of Medicine in which professors, clinical and engineering experts will be a hiring priority.  Additional efforts to grow functions related to the employee and patient experience will further the organizational vision. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Candidates interested in joining the Carle organization should talk with current employees, talk with a recruiter, or check them out online.  Active twitter and facebook accounts give a sampling of the incredible activities that make Carle a great place to work.   Carle also has job shadowing and volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about positions or the operations of the health system.  Carle even has a special RN+ program that allows a RN to take a temporary assignment with Carle before deciding if Carle is the place they want to practice nursing.  Additionally, for students they can enroll in our STEP program, Scrub Camp or other clinical experience programs in addition to scholastic internships or nursing student rotations designed to give students insight and exposure to work experiences in healthcare at Carle. 

hiring Outlook

1,684 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 3% Job Growth
8 Average applicants per opening 28,100 Total job applicants
21% New hires by employee referrals 45% Openings filled by current employees
184 Recent graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
11% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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