Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Previous Employer in Customer Service- Great Company

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    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Very pleasent summer, great people, great compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Reading, PA
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Reading, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many employees have been there for their entire careers, which goes to show how well Carpenter treats its employees

    Innovative technology, very successful and profitable

    Very collaborative environment

    Cons

    Some employee systems are in desperate need of an update

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Very frustrating and micromanaged.

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    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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Little respect for employees or customers, no clear vision

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

    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

    Great products, talented work force

    Cons

    Company lacks coherent direction, weak management

  7. Excellent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Reading, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn many things

    Cons

    Management is stupid. Not always a bad thing tho

    Advice to Management

    Treat P&M with honest respect.
    WE make them money

  8. Helpful (3)

    I have grown from a floor support role all the way into lower management.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good advancement opportunities
    Open minded management

    Cons

    Long hours
    Pay (depending on position)

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on the production floor and work with employees and not against them.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Old school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Metallurgy in Reading, PA
    Former Intern - Metallurgy in Reading, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, work life balance can be lacking at times and pressure to perform can be heavy but great company.

    Cons

    Upper management has become distant from processes and would benefit from showing more of a presence on the floor with an open ear.

    Advice to Management

    See con

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people, neat products/technologies, old-school mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Really good people and benefits. The company has strong plans for growth and is targeting the right markets. Great technical knowledge.

    Cons

    The data systems are old and difficult to work with. Workforce is spread too thin.

  11. Awesome Experience and Would Love to Go Back

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

    I worked at Carpenter Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Workers accept you right away, and management values your ideas. The company has excellent plans in place for promotion, including education assistance. Raises are sizable, and annual. The company also supports many charities, and will support an employee who wants to participate in their charity.

    Cons

    It is a large company, and many are set in their way of doing things. It will take some time before enough of the older workers, who only consider their job and not where their job fits within the company's overall plan, are replaced with workers who understand Carpenter's international status.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working in silos, and reach across departments to bring Carpenter into the future.

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