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I worked at Cramer full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
Very few, in my experience. If this can be considered a "pro", they are willing to hire inexperienced staff right out of school... with a salary that reflects that, which could probably be considered "indentured servitude".Cons
This company as a whole is incredibly disorganized and dishonest, and as far as I can tell they manage to keep it afloat by bilking long-time customers who don't know any better and/or are too lazy to take their business elsewhere. It's is a family run organization from the top-down, complete with all the nepotism, squabbling, and questionable leadership that might suggest.
The saying in my department was that "every event is like the first event", meaning that even though they had done an event or project hundreds of times in the past (likely with the same clients), they were so poorly organized and slipshod in their execution that it seemed like the first time they had ever done it.
Corners were constantly cut in the name of lowering costs, meanwhile customers were charged more and more for the exact same service; often times customers were billed multiple times for the same thing or overcharged in vague "line item" or "package" deals.
Massive layoffs were normal during the fiscal year, at the first sign of financial turbulence; but this only applies to anyone who isn't a personal friend of one of the family that runs the place, or a long-timer. If you know one of the owner's kids from high school, or you're one of the first 20 employees, you have nothing to worry about- no matter how often you show up (or don't), how terrible you are to your direct reports, how many clients you disappoint, or the generally low quality of work you turn out. On the other hand, if you aren't close friends with them, and just keep your head down and do your job, you are cannon fodder the next time the seas get choppy. You're either "in", or you're "out", and it has nothing to do with your value as an employee. Someone will be happy to throw you under the bus here quickly versus taking any responsibility for failure.
I was treated like dirt during my time there, and my manager went out of his way to purposely make my time there miserable, for reasons I will never understand. This was *completely* unprovoked, and I pride myself on being easy to get along with and a good team player (this has certainly not happened to me since then). I worked hard there, and put a lot of my personal life aside in the hopes of making a career for myself there. In the end, my entire department- including people with families that had worked very hard there for many years- was fired in favor of using freelance labor. So, it might be fair to say that it's a family-run company, but the only family they care about is their own.
I realize this review sounds inflammatory, but I am doing my level best to be honest here- which is something you cannot expect your manager to do if you work there.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Consider hiring new (not-blood-related) senior management to right the ship. Be honest with your customers, and respect them. Respect the time and efforts of your employees, and be straight with them. Lose the paranoid mentality and embrace the idea that people can do good work without being threatened or pushed.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO