Crain Communications Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Pros
  • The profit sharing plan was once exemplary but hard times have eroded it (in 5 reviews)

  • pretty good work / life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The business units are ran like separate companies and it isn't efficient (in 3 reviews)

  • Print industry challenges are impacting Crain and it's publications (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Good company that has lost its way a bit

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very loyal employer with good benefits (now being reduced, however) and challenging work.Some publications have better outlooks than others.

    Cons

    Like most places in publishing today, management is having difficulty finding a way to make money online..Middle managers are under a lot of pressure to show results, and some treat their reports badly as a result. Investments up to now have not been to make editorial better.

    Advice to Management

    Add support for editorial staff if, as readers contend in surveys reported, editorial is the top benefit of the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Behind the times

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Not likely to close down anytime soon.

    Cons

    Non-modern offices. Many unhappy employees. Lots of office gossip and intrigue.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better for top talent. Create a more modern workplace. Allow employees to work from anywhere as long as they meet their numbers.


  3. Sales Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crain Communications

    Pros

    Profitable company, not going anywhere.

    Cons

    Very boring work environment. All business, no play.

    Advice to Management

    More fun.


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  5. Great Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Crain Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work at Crain for about a year, and it was a great experience. My team was filled with some of the best people, and I looked forward to going to the office every single day! Pros: Great Location Flexible schedule/work remote option Awesome team

    Cons

    Crain expects you to work hard. Their offices could use some remodeling, but you can't beat the location!

    Advice to Management

    Avoid office politics


  6. Crain's

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    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Family owned by decent people. Good work atmosphere, no politics. People work hard but nobody calls you over weekends. They respect and appreciate quality. Pays well by industry standards.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement, which isn't a problem if you like what you do. With a weekly you can feel like you're on a hamster wheel.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Top notch

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A bunch of really smart people working with a common goal and clear leadership.

    Cons

    The business continues to transition with print/digital but great opportunity in that for those willing to have a foothold in both.

    Advice to Management

    As the company approaches 100 years, clearly readers remain first. Deep-seeded culture, grit and gratitude is what sets the company apart from the competition.


  8. Helpful (1)

    So far So Good

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    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have only been at Crain for a year, but it is a friendly place to work. Co-workers are helpful and willing to assist. Management has increased communication by conducting town halls to share business information and provide a roadmap of future initiatives.

    Cons

    In some areas there is a prevalent "We've tried that idea before" theme. Just because something didn't work in the past doesn't mean it may be time to try it again. No formal performance management program.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing information. Get the employee performance review process rolled out so that goals and objectives are clearly defined and understood by employees.


  9. business analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications

    Pros

    great working environment for the employees

    Cons

    company appears to be not so stable. mant jobs were being eliminated


  10. Nice company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY

    I worked at Crain Communications

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

    Pros

    Really nice people, if they believe in you, they work hard to keep you.

    Cons

    Not a lot of sense of direction from the very top. When there were cutbacks during the financial crisis, communication was poor

    Advice to Management

    Do more to get in front of your employees


  11. Editorial

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

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

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

    Pros

    Better than most media companies in Chicago. Would be a good place for a young- to mid-career journalist to hone their skills.

    Cons

    Management seems unsure about what direction to take the company in.

    Crain Communications Response

    Jun 29, 2015 – Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your positive feedback on the opportunity here for journalism talent! Feedback like yours is a valuable element in shaping our communication. We hope your concerns around company ... More



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