Crane Aerospace & Electronics

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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
21 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work week is the best thing about Crane (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people who generously give their time and resources back to the community (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Half the time work/life balance was ok, the other half it was pretty terrible (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours and lower to average pay (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper management too focused on superficial charts and graphs that they don't do anything with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best things about working here were all about what we were before Crane bought Signal Technology. We had a great bunch of people and enough variation in product lines to facilitate a wide range of experience. I will say that they gave us an exceptional severance package and assistance after they announced shutting down the Beverly facility.

    Cons

    Once Crane took over it was "Our way or the highway". They have their way of doing things and if you raised any question at all you were labeled a "naysayer". Those who pretended to go along became their superstars. Favoritism was rampant. They don't value their rank and file employees. They think all you have to do is put the benches in a horseshoe and everything will work. Their philosophy seemed to be to make the process so simple that you could take anybody walking down the street, plug them in and they could do the job. That shows what a total lack of understanding they have about what the manufacturing process entails and completely demeans the individual talents of their employees. Enthusiasm (faked in most cases) for their programs and blind obedience were the main criteria for success and advancement. Witness the results of Crane ownership in the destruction of the Beverly and Costa Rica facilities, continuing chaos in New Jersey and uncertainty in Arizona. One site was known to drag all the "KPI" paraphernalia into the parking lot and have a destruction and bonfire after Crane sold them. Maybe the rest of Crane is different. They must be doing something right in other divisions to have become a 3 billion company. I'm speaking for the Microwave division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to and valuing your employees. It's not all about charts and graphs that you display, collect and do nothing with. Put more effort into marketing and real processes and improvements and make your "standups" more than a dog and pony show. Use all that data to drive improvements and above all look in the mirror when you try to figure out why your employees, in your eyes, don't seem to care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dogma

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics

    Pros

    Generous Salaries and 980 work week

    Cons

    Dogma Dogma Dogma... its amazing that Crane Electronics can get out of its own way to get anything done. Customers are perceived and treated very poorly. Crane acts as if customers are privileged to be doing business with them. Cranes system of responding to customers is so full of procedure and dogma that they rarely ever meet customers expectations. With Cranes Dogma, every decision goes to leadership levels which is infiltrated with 'peter principle' type ineffective and out of date managers. - stay away from Crane Electronics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employees to rate you... you might be humbled

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not much respect for professionals

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fridays off every other week. There's a few managers who are people-oriented and nice to work with.

    Cons

    meetings meeting meetings, now a bunch of teamwork training because the management thinks professionals don't need any skills except teamwork. Pretty contradictory when you see how the management continually ignores advice from the workers. When a schedule is being created for a new program they don't ask the professionals their opinion about the length of tasks, they just dictate a schedule to you. Don't respect their opinion. Don't even ask their opinion. That's teamwork? No. That is just dictatorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management should respect their employees instead of trying to find ways to insult them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steady work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Listed in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Not Listed in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ok salary ... Always busy

    Cons

    Way too much overtime. Certain supervisors giving the company a bad name

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the harasment on lower level employees
    And be just and fair across the board

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked with no direction

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    Former Contractor - Buyer/Planner in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Contractor - Buyer/Planner in Lynnwood, WA

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great production staff, location, and cool products

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, direction, and follow though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training and development on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people being ill-treated

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Beverly, MA

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The 9/80 work week is the best thing about Crane. The engineers, technicians and assemblers that I worked with were both hard working and knowledgeable and were able to make up for the chronic understaffing. Pay is about the industry norm.

    Cons

    Chronic understaffing means that heroic effort is expected but not appreciated. Overtime is almost never authorized. I felt sorry for the salaried engineers who were expected to work nights, weekends and holidays to try to meet the unrealistic deadlines the planning group set. Raises were miniscule and recognition for hard work nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting non-technical managers in charge of technical personnel and consult with the technical staff before making promises to the customer. R T Crane said “I am resolved to conduct my business in the strictest honesty and fairness; to avoid all deception and trickery; to deal fairly with both customers and competitors; to be liberal and just toward employees and to put my whole mind upon the business.” Current managements actions make a mockery of this!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for Lifers, bad for personal growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people I worked with directly were nice and friendly. Seems difficult for the company to let anyone go. That is, unless you did something horrible you probably wouldn't get fired...Keeping headcount is important for middle management.
    The fruit/cookies they give away every once and a while (maybe once a month) was nice.
    Company somehow is always profitable.

    Cons

    It felt as though innovation and growth was frowned upon...
    It felt like there were many underperforming "lifers"
    Talented people leave quickly.
    Compensation/benefits are average at best
    There are multiple, pretty independent sites. Company Politics made cross-site technological implementations difficult.
    Middle Management felt unwilling to listen to the ideas of subordinates.
    Half the time work/life balance was ok, the other half it was pretty terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better incentives for talented people to stay. Talented people are leaving from frustration. Weed out the ones not doing their job. Don't keep them around just because they are the only ones that know how the system works.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overly lean organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are capable, care about each other and have fun with each other. There is opportunity to reach for different/additional challenges (at least within professional ranks).

    Cons

    Employee turn-over is high. Company success relies too heavily on extreme individual effort instead of an adequately staffed organization,. Many people work very long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it clear to employees that it is up to them to limit their workload - that management will NOT do it. Assign designated backups for every role - it is not okay for the organization to falter because an individual is sick or on vacation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Burbank used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Administration in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are alot of hardworking people who really care about what they do and who are dedicated to doing a good job!

    Cons

    The definition of productivity seems to be to work 6 days a week! There are never any positive comments that come from above....everything is always negative.....even in a good month. Metrics are Red or not Red. No comments are ever made about metrics that are not Red....no ataboy...no Good Job!!! HR is worthless....there are many open positions not being filled....also management doesn't seem to realize that PEOPLE are needed to complete the work. The amount of work that needs to be completed is not appreciated so the plant is hugely understaffed. Not enough planners, buyers material handlers, engineers to do just the basic blocking & tackling that needs to be done....hence.....work 6 days a week and feel exhuasted all the time.....never a comment about work life balance.....Oh yeah..almost forgot.....work our asses off for a 1% raise that was delayed in coming.....in a record profit year for Crane!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start replacing yourselves. Never seen a more incompentent bunch. Can't see beyond a 3 month quarter. No regard for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart Workers, great customer's horrible corporate managment

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart People. Interesting technology, interesting work, Beautiful campus. Interesting customer's with challenging problems to solve

    Cons

    Corporate management is cold, ruthless unimaginative and not very intelligent . They are not disconnected or unaware of what they are doing, they are completely aware of their actions and the misery they create for employees-they just don't care as long as they can enrich themselves. When an opportunity to enrich the management or shareholders at the expense of the employees-they always choose to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tactics they use such as eliminating raises even though the company is profitable will work while the economy is bad but there will be a a mass exodus when the economy improves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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