Crane Aerospace & Electronics

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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
80 Reviews
2.5
80 Reviews
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Co-Presidents Bob Tavares and Brendan Curran
Bob Tavares and Brendan Curran
27 Ratings

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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21 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Not the best or worst place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time

    Pros

    The people are good to work with

    Cons

    lack of advancement for some

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A company that is struggling in difficult times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lynnwood, WA

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

    Pros

    Crane A&E supplies niche electronics to both commercial and defense customers. Most company workers have been there for quite a while which suggests that they are happy. Crane products are of good quality and do not depend on breakout technologies to compete.

    Cons

    The Crane management culture appears to be changing (more demanding) as their senior leadership is replaced and their BOD demands higher profit margins. The friendly atmosphere that was once enjoyed is now more stressful and less secure. Some good people are leaving and some are being asked to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Crane needs to think more like their customers and realize that their inward looking perspective is hurting their business approach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disfunctional

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule
    few good people to work with
    9/80 work schedule
    my supervisor

    Cons

    HR
    Sr. Management
    No bonus program for others except Exec.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineering in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Lynnwood, WA

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

    Pros

    Good location if you live south of Lynnwood. Relaxed atmosphere. Good place to work if you want to contribute your specified share, then go home. They do allow "work from home" for Engineers and those who are tied to PC's all day.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck in one role. No professional development budget to stay current in field. New Engineers have no incentive to remain beyond a few years at most. Little possibility of affecting a positive change in methods, tools, or ideology. Noisy work environment makes it difficult to get any serious work accomplished (thankful for work-from-home policy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your Engineers, Managers, and Technicians in person. There is currently no reasonable dialogue between employees that are new and/or eager to engage in new challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    New president show's great hope

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Administration in Lynnwood, WA

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

    Pros

    New president shows hope for the companies future, He says the right things. Amazingly high profit for Aerospace.

    BTW, the president of Crane Aerospace and Electronics is NOT Bob Tavaris, it's Brendan

    Cons

    Most of the perc's for working at Crane Aerospace are gone. there is no stock options, bonus plan, the retirement plan has been cut nearly in half, turnover is very high. Especially in Burbank, the facility is an old army barrack. Horrible facility. We had record sales the last couple of years, still the merit pool was 1%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money, fix the aging buildings, replace the old DOS based test equipment, etc. Focus on employee retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult to stay positive on outlook of company when management is unwilling to change old habits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Off Fridays and PTO time provided. Engineering team good to work with.

    Cons

    Continually high expectations from management with no signs of slowing down.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Misdirected Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer

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

    Pros

    Mostly friendly staff, ability to shift to a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Poor leadership direction, no training program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must invest in your employees training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not take care of divisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics

    Pros

    Left our division alone. We were not micro-managed

    Cons

    Left our division alone. When we needed help it was not available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pretty obvious

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    acceptable

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics part-time

    Pros

    good opportunity to advance knowledge of power electronics

    Cons

    upper management needs some improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a place to collect a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are very nice and the pay is decent

    Cons

    Management like a lot of corporate America only care about themselves and not the people who make them look good. The put on a wage delay or possible freeze this year, but not before bonuses where given to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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