Carpenter Technology

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Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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Carpenter Technology President, CEO, and Director William A. (Bill) Wulfsohn
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  1.  

    Excellent.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Pros

    Ability to learn many things

    Cons

    Management is stupid. Not always a bad thing tho

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very good advancement opportunities
    Open minded management

    Cons

    Long hours
    Pay (depending on position)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Old school

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    See con

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Experience and Would Love to Go Back

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Change comes slowly here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carpenter Technology

    Pros

    Deep expertise, respect in their markets, excellent manufacturing processes,

    Cons

    Slow to change, antiquated IT systems, middle management is very traditional and status conscience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake some things up! Reorganize some of the departments, turn it into a six sigma culture, and get rid of some of the dead wood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good, very ethical and respected company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Procurement Intern in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Global Procurement Intern in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Reputable company
    Nice people
    good place to settle down
    good salary and benefit

    Cons

    old system
    more innovations and creativity in the work place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more international people, going global is a key

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamet - A home of unhappy people

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary for the market, good benefits package including 401k match and healthcare. Willing to pay for additional schooling if manager approves.

    Cons

    One executive level manager over many years has created a very tense environment between the different departments at the company. Trying to accomplish an inter department project is nearly impossible because of this poor environment. Many of the employees there are very nice, but as the saying goes a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. Also hours are extremely long and are not appreciated by upper management. Many employees are not held accountable tor completing there job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be an onsite division president that can come in and mix up the whole group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Nice Place To Work

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

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) They allow their subsidiaries to function with autonomy
    2) Excellent pay and benefits
    3) Very high retention rate of lower level workers
    4) You learn a lot

    Cons

    1) Takes a long time to get capital expenditures approved.
    2) High turnover in upper management positions including CEO
    3) As stated above, many workers there for a long time (some over 35 years) and thus are resistant to change
    4) Some equipment there over 35 years, also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit expanding and acquiring on concentrate on what you currently have

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    stay away if you're looking for for a career or promised advancement/training opportunities

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

    I worked at Carpenter Technology as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    new patrol vehicles

    uniforms provided

    occasionally free lunch is provided

    Cons

    contracted security with no voice or interaction with actual employer

    bare minimum supplied emergency equipment to perform duties

    lack of security training

    incompetent coworkers

    no advancement opportunities

    only 2 security personnel on duty for overnight shifts, expected to patrol entire property which is over 100 acres in size

    know it all management that is unsupervised

    management fails to believe words of employees and instead makes owns decisions

    high turnover of coworkers which leads to department being seemingly always understaffed

    pay raises go by company standards instead of employer standards which equate to $0.15/hour per year at current contractor pay rate.

    6 years of employment will almost net you a $1.00/hour pay raise

    no training or education reimbursement opportunities beyond basic CPR/AED class

    no interaction with safety department (departments are on different ends of property)

    days are sometimes so busy that there will NOT be time to take lunch break, you have to fit lunch and bathroom breaks into your daily events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hold security training sessions and EMT con-ed courses

    listen to employees when they tell you something

    focus on recruitment and retention or you will continue to lose good employees and retain trouble employees

    restructure the department and have sit down meetings with current employees

    hold compensated exit interviews when people decide to quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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