Crane Aerospace & Electronics

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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
75 Reviews

2.5
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Co-Presidents Bob Tavares and Brendan Curran
Bob Tavares and Brendan Curran
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 Schedule - every other Friday off (in 9 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.  

    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 for 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
  2. 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.

  3.  

    Overly lean organization

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

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time for 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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 for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Feature ownership creates learning opportunities
    Managers are supportive of salaried employees

    Cons

    Corporate shows no interest in retention
    Conservative staffing leads to frequent periods of overworked salaried employees
    Legacy projects do not develop modern skills for your skill set

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees to reduce the cycle of bright young employees leaving and only those near retirement staying on. There will be problems in the next 10 years when the old guard has retired but the new one is not staying long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Electronics business has toxic culture- no leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and be exposed to many areas of the business. 9/80 work schedule provides good work/life balance

    Cons

    No strategy or direction from management. Business is stagnant, providing few opportunities for growth and development. Compensation and benefits are not very competitive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underpaid, the employees vs. the Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -"Cash-Conservative Culture" leads to weathering economic turbulence
    -Lots of great people to work with
    -Interesting projects
    -Lots of old timers that will tell tales of the good ol' days aka Pre-Crane era
    -401k matching. Not great but not terrible (it was cancelled several years ago and recently reinstated)
    -Some career growth potential in business and operations

    Cons

    -"Cash-Conservative" actually means "incredibly cheap"
    -Most salaried workers work long hours
    -Compensation is significantly below market rate for most positions
    -Shrinking benefits package in spite of record breaking profits last quarter
    -No bonuses, profit-sharing, perks, or employee recognition
    -Slavery to the bottom line
    -The company has a hard time filling open positions due to extensive interview requirements paired with lowball offers
    -Educational Reimbursement benefit is touted by company but is laughable
    -Merit raises are next to nothing
    -No career growth potential in technical and skilled fields

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most revealing statement I've ever heard about the company was during a large Q&A session. Someone pointed out to the VP that the more talented younger employees always leave soon after they start. When they asked what the company was doing to improve the situation, the VP said "there are no efforts to retain people at this time." That answer only confirmed everything I thought to be true about this company.

    The vast majority of hardship at this company is imposed by corporate. The company runs so lean that most people are overworked and underpaid. Many teams will ramp up large projects but don’t get approved for hiring new people, leading to many consecutive long, stressful months. The company in no way values their employees, which is unfortunate because there are so many great people being taken advantage of. Low pay, dwindling benefits, absurd workloads, and record profits are driving your best people away. What’s worse is that it has been going on for a while, and there’s no sign of the ship righting itself. You MUST invest in your employees. Great employees make a great company, and your most valuable people will continue to leave if you don’t invest in them. Squeezing your employees may boost profits and productivity in the short term, but investing in them will lead to long term stability and growth.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a paycheck......

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics

    Pros

    - Pay is decent
    - 9/80 Schedule
    - Co-workers are top notch
    - My manager rocks

    Cons

    - They say the customer is first, but there is so much busy work they always come 2nd.
    - Contracts department has absolute power and they prevent orders
    - Lame Richard Crane slide is used for all presentations and no one reads it
    - Financial and Process driven company, not technology driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your most important asset, not operating profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Discrimanatory i'n job promotoons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is great

    Cons

    If your not i'n the good ole boy network, you won't be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to Who' is really get g the work done and recognize them with promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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