Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Carpenter Metallurgist

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Metallurgist III in West Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Metallurgist III in West Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong engineering staff that is technically competent and resourceful. People there are good to work with--friendly, helpful, supportive, cooperative. Good opportunities for growth and movement within the company if desired.

    Cons

    There are times when the business staff and the technical staff need to improve their level of communication and understanding of what each are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with educational seminars. Also continue with the technical presentations where different divisions share their projects. They help engender a cohesive technical culture.


  2. Only hope for labor, become union!

    Current Employee - Remelt Furnace Operator
    Current Employee - Remelt Furnace Operator

    Pros

    You have rights, exercise them.

    Cons

    Total disrespect for the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    If the shareholders knew what goes on behind closed doors. REAL changes would come to management...


  3. Admin

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of changes underway in upper management


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  5. Technical review

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Carpenter Technology (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good products, when manufactured correctly. Great loyal customers. Solid company to work for. Employees give back to community and get along well.

    Cons

    Awful management! At present time only care about themselves and wall street. Treating long time employees poorly. Not customer focused. Technical department was world class, again WAS!


  6. Helpful (2)

    It's only getting worse.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Production in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There isn't many anymore, you get a least 40 hours a week, if you like working 7 days week, this is your place. Can't list benefits as a pro anymore, health insurance is average, PTO is average, use to be a great company to work for, but not anymore.

    Cons

    To many managers, supervisors, support personal. Bonus system is a joke anymore, benefits are average, seniority means nothing, machinery is outdated, they dont want to fix anything right, low morale. They want to be the best company, with best employees, but continue to terminate once good benefits, and tell you if you don't like it, you know where the door is. No sick days.

    Advice to Management

    Managers only care about $$$, we'll see how they like it when the union comes around.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Finance Coordinator Accts. Receivable/Payable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, there is a lot of room for improvement in regards to job growth.

    Cons

    No training given, communication is nule

    Advice to Management

    Need to support employees and help them grow in their positions!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Here's The Truth...Maybe Someone Will Listen Here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The first and foremost is pay. It's "okay." It's not the best it could be for the amount of skill and accuracies needed to perform the tasks and this includes the dangers as well. The benefits are ok, again, cutting back they've taken away some plans that employees benefited from. They could be better. If you like to work consistently, then this is the place for you. The Pension/401K is ok.

    Cons

    There is a few things here and every single one of them can be fixed to make this an employee friendly and family friendly company. I will save the biggest con for last which is the problem causing all of this. I'm not ranting and raving. I'm not even angry. I'm upset because I've been here a long time and I've continually watched this go down hill and it's all because of my number one con. 7.)The pension plan is no longer available to new employees. 6.)The bonus plan is virtually gone due to poor financial decisions in Athens and Latrobe. Let's be honest these places are money pits and do not produce enough product to cover their costs. This is a huge problem. 5.)The hours are very long. They will tell you there is "opportunity" for over-time. They won't tell you that you will be FORCED to work 12 hour shifts and 7 days a week constantly. 4.)Swing shifting. You will never get adjusted to a sleep pattern. 3.)Spending money on acquisitions, the place is antiquated with regards to it's equipment. 2.)It seems as though the care for the employees doesn't matter unless it costs money. 1.)Management. Management in this company is poor at best. It is based off of the buddy system. There is no adherence to any qualifications what-so-ever! There are some good managers I'm sure, but I have not met them yet. This also includes supervisors. They are absolutely clueless and not interested in anything an employee has to say. They all take the attitude of "just be glad you have a job." I haven't met one manager that has a clue about anything. You ask anyone on the floor of this place and they will tell you the number one problem is management. Especially middle management. For example: I have a supervisor, a manager, another manager, another manager of him, and then a V.P.. Why so much? This is a problem through-out the company. There is too much cream at the top. There is no communication either. In my department, the supervisor and mangers have no clue how to do our jobs...but they think they do. This is a huge, huge problem and it can all be changed if the people at the top truly cared.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that managers are needed. But, when a manager or a supervisor has no clue what is going on or how to do the jobs in the department, you will never gain the respect of your subordinates. Never. Treat your employees as valuable assets; because we are! There is so much knowledge on the floor of this company that goes unappreciated. This is for upper management. Clean out the middle managers. They do nothing. Laying off P&M and hiring more managers isn't justifiable. Managers do not do the work and this must be realized. This company has never been union but I can tell you first hand there is major talk of getting a union in here to have representation. You are supposed to represent the people in your department area. The general consensus is that management doesn't care about anything if it costs money and this is because they keep the budgets low to get a kick back in bonus money at everyone's expense in the department. Take some appreciation for how hard the people in the department work with the massive amounts of overtime because of improper staffing, no days off for months at a time because of improper staffing, and just the knowledge and dedication that the non management employees have in this company. With out us, nothing can be made. With out management, our jobs can go on. This is a serious problem with this company and it always has been.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Long Time Employee in Management at Dynamet

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good "stepping stone" company. Just don't plan on retiring from there.

    Cons

    Company is being run by management that knows nothing about the process or products. Outside contractors can have a field day at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has no clue. Wrong people in the wrong positions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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

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

    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.


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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