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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    I.T. is Wild West

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    After hours support was minimal. Office location is good. Some of my co-workers taught me a lot - it was a great place to learn new things.

    Cons

    Compensation was below average, and there was a lot of cronyism. I remember they had a network administrator in Detroit who was utterly clueless - obviously promoted to that position for non-skill reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your people and who is doing what. Reward based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dated technology and management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Offices are nice and centrally located.

    Editorial departments are truly first-rate and they have some truly talented people. Sadly, these same people are worked to death and pushed out.

    Crain does some nice charity work.

    Okay time off (start off with 15 days - which includes sick/personal/vacation).

    Crain has a very understanding attitude toward employees (esp. management) who don't know how to use Microsoft Office or have basic computer skills.
    Don't know how to format an Excel document to print on legal paper? Not a problem! Numbers aren't that important to us anyhow.
    Unclear about how to respond to the comments in a marked up Word document? Not to worry, you can just print it and give the author your chicken scratch right at 5 pm when you are walking out the door so they can't ask you questions!
    Trouble accessing Outlook remotely? It's IT's fault.
    Is that pesky Powerpoint presentation distorting again because you have a different version of Office than the person who created it? Crain has a place for you too, my friend!

    Cons

    Crain changed to a high-deductible health care plan in 2014. Deductibles went up to $1,500 for a single person in 2015. I also heard they (silently) cut maternity benefits earlier in the year.

    Profit-sharing plan is laughable (there is no 401K match) and you have to be there five years to be vested.

    Technology and programs are very dated, which is okay because so are the people using them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Clique-ish

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    There are some very nice, intelligent people who have been there for years, and they're great to work with and learn from. Marquee publications for the industries they cover.

    Cons

    Management at the pub I worked for was very insular and tight-lipped; if someone quit, there would be no announcement until their very last day -- not sure of the logic behind that, making departures seem like shameful secrets. Clear favoritism not necessarily based on quality of work. Technology is woefully out of date, and not by a few years -- decades. Sales side meddles too much with editorial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get current on tech infrastructure -- no excuse for letting that go. Offer training for things like EDGAR, Bloomberg, LexisNexis. Stop coddling legacy middle managers who are incompetent and lack strong leadership characteristics. Base promotions on merit. Offer true cost of living increases -- 1% is inadequate, insulting, and is hardly in step with inflation. Focus on helping staff develop and improve and advance instead of just slinging more work at them (for no more money). Install managers not cowed by leadership challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Media company - need I say more?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications

    Pros

    Corporate office talks a good game and does provide some decent benefits/perks

    Cons

    But this is a media company and they are scrambling like all the others. It depends on the title, but the atmosphere on the title I worked on was poisonous. Several people left with nothing to go to while inept managers are left in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to staffing and not the bottom line so much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Limited to no development of employees. Stagnant culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    You meet some great people.

    Cons

    There is no development plan, no vision and no work/life balance. HR is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business units should share information - it would save the company a tremendous amount of money if everyone could capitalize on each team's wins - and learn from mis-steps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong products to sell for publications

    Cons

    Management changes appear to be coming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase digital opportunities/products

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once great company that is slowly losing steam due to the sinking print industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few really great coworkers and managers. Most upper management is easily approachable and friendly. Salary is competitive, given the industry. Very little micro-management if you can prove your capabilities. Opportunities for growth if you're willing to go the extra mile and put in (unpaid) overtime.

    Cons

    No comradery or culture within the company. Horrible communication at every level of the company (ironic, given the name). Very easy to plateau at a certain level because everyone is in their own world. Working for corporate is not appealing at all due to typical business politics. Hard to get noticed by upper management. Older staff has no clue how to use technology or adapt to the transition to digital. Many hard workers, but also a lot of dead weight employees dragging them down. No 401K matching, and profit sharing is very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to be more communicative to the staff since the "trickle down" of information never happens. Improve corporate staff, who are all typical older white male businessmen who are better at going to meetings and talking about big ideas, rather than actually executing them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Passion and Integrity!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Publications are made of entrepreneurial minded and passionate professionals. Corporate groups have grown and are there to provide support to the brands. All of the offices I've seen make a great first impression! Community involvement and charity work is viewed as important to leadership and build cross brand relationships. Benefits are in alignment with what I've seen elsewhere but family friendly culture is above norm.

    Cons

    No organization is perfect. Better communication of successes across the publications and reasons for any changes would benefit all but is not uncommon in a company with multiple business/operating units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Yikes! It's a sinking ship. Prospective employees steer clear!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    A select group of fellow employees are genuinely smart, so it's nice to be around intelligent hard workers who you can learn from and grow with (unfortunately for us, it seems that with each passing day lately, one of these intelligent people makes the choice to leave the sinking ship of a company! Good for them, though funny to receive daily 'goodbye' emails).

    Cons

    Titles and salaries do not reflect actual job. Zero growth opportunity: in many departments, there is no way to actually learn from a manager, due to the fact that the manager seems to know a great deal less than his/her team. No consideration for proper planning: requests are made and it's a very "drop everything - my work is the most important" type of atmosphere. Emails come in after hours and over the weekend with the expectation that they will be answered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop lying about your knowledge. Please stop taking full credit for others' ideas. Please take ownership of your own roles. Please ACTUALLY listen to your employees when they talk to you. Please realize a good employee when you see one instead of pushing them to the point of running as fast as they can out the door. Advice to HR: Please remove the managers who have had many complaints filed against them -- it's a detriment to current staff to keep those folks around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Prospective employees, beware.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company for which to work...not anymore.

    Cons

    No promotions, raises barely exist - 1% a year across the board except for management with their big bonus' sucking the life out of the subordinates that cannot get ahead. Management has no clue how to manage effectively, especially in the Akron, Ohio office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the yes men that have no idea how to run a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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