Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Reading, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pension plus 401k
    Possibilities to move up
    generally supportive environment
    tuition reimbursement and/or some opportunities paid for up-front

    Cons

    Slow to change
    old boys network
    shift work for a lot of the production folks
    swing shifts make it hard to get a solid sleep pattern

    Advice to Management

    Realize there is a lot of experience out there on the work floor that you are not tapping in to. Take some time to really listen to people and give ideas a chance.


  2. Feild Sales Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Daphne, AL
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Daphne, AL

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good solid company.
    Great Benefits, and Pay. Great Products!

    Cons

    Large company with poor direction and communication from the middle management down to the field which leads to a lot of lost business.

    Advice to Management

    Have a streamline approach.
    Dissolve your distribution arm and become a 100% manufacture that is concentrated on high quality products.


  3. Manufacturing Engineer

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

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A growing market with a corporate parent willing to make the capital investments needed to keep pace with the market.

    Cons

    An industrial environment that has the feeling of a steel mill. There are disadvantages to being a remote facility of a parent company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    It's a shame.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Fairly steady employment. Could be a great place to work if it had what I consider real leadership.

    Cons

    There is a definite bias is advancement opportunities. People better suited to do jobs to help the company move forward are routinely denied the chance to do so based on weather or not they wear a certain ring. Through a continual network of lying and denial between management and human resources even new employees come to quickly realize there is nowhere in the company to turn for fairness.The environment on the floor is toxic.The only defense is to not care. Production is suffering greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror.Is the agenda of a secret society more important than the survival of the company?


  6. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, great company. Very professional place to work and a great family to be apart of.

    Cons

    Learning curve. Very steep and intricate learning curve especially if no prior knowledge of the workings of a steel mill.


  7. Inside Sales Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We had a great team environment and very clear goals. The management team always made a strong commitment to operational excellence from the top down.

    Cons

    Sometimes driven by economic indicators than long term strategy. There can be some second guessing or 'about-faces' over a short term period but even this is done for the long term good of the company through the eyes of Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    Although there were some darker times at the leadership level the organization has learned from it and moved on stronger than ever. Maintaining a core team has allowed the organization to retain its strengths through any setbacks.


  8. Overall good company - currently going through leadership change.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package and employees truly care about the company!

    Cons

    Very cyclical business and it needs to adjust workforce quickly for down cycles.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Previous Employer in Customer Service- Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Account Representative in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Business Development Account Representative in Reading, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Every day is different and fast-paced. Benefits are great and pay is average salary.

    Cons

    If you can't handle the fast pace and ever changing environment, you may not be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with value and compensate them more for their added work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Overall, a good solid career working up through the ranks.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Technology

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Carpenter is considered one of the top metals companies for which to work. It is a long-established company with a good industry reputation. When opportunities become available, a good employee who works hard can move forward in his/her career. Depending on the executive environment, innovation is valued. Base salaries can be lucrative and benefits (medical, etc.) are some of the best in any industry.

    Cons

    Mid-upper management is still an old boy club. Long-time employees fall in two categories: change agents who want to continue to contribute at a high level but are relegated to support or special project roles with little influence or incompetent/jaded workers who are tolerated until retirement. New employees are not mentored enough; overworked and often told to "wait in line" for earned promotions or pay raises. Work/life balance is difficult to maintain the higher one goes and people who value it are pegged as not team players.

    Advice to Management

    Share the corporate vision with the entire company, not just the management team. Value and promote employees who do what needs to be done and say what needs to be said, not just those who say what wants to be heard. Put more value on your employees in the trenches (i.e. sales, business unit management, custom service, technical) and their feedback on customers and markets versus paying outside consultants to offer uninformed opinions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very frustrating and micromanaged.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Metallurgist in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Metallurgist in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company that will be around for a while due to the product line offering.

    Cons

    Company has never broken away from its "good ole boys" mentality. Hard to grow unless you have dirt on someone in Sr management. Constant talks of union organizing because of inconsistencies.

    Advice to Management

    Judge people on their merits, not their last name or do away with performance management as it serves no purpose.



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