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I have been working at Cramer full-time for more than 5 years
Pros – the people are wonderful, there is opportunity for growth as long as you work hard and find the right sponsors/mentors; Cramer tries to make up for the demanding clients and organizational challenges by sponsoring fun events and special activities to unite the staff
Cons – There are 2 business models operating under one roof: Digital marketing and events solutions. The work process is not consistent across the company and changes depending on the creative director's style and work preference. This leads to inconsistent behavior that causes confusion and frustration in an already challenging environment. Cramer has an identity problem but is trying to fix it.
Advice to Senior Management – Hire a competent managing director to reallign the organization into one comprehensive business model with standardized processes, best practices and behaviors. Make sure the executive team is all working toward the same goal and understands what needs to happen to get there. Often times one Executive says one thing, and another says something entirely different. This trickles down.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-05-06 20:17 PDT
I worked at Cramer for more than a year
Pros – Cool building. Catered lunches. Some really smart people. Opportunities to do digital marketing work for some industry-leading clients. Solid resume builder.
Cons – Things may well have changed, but while I was there (2009-2010) I was astonished by the relentless politicking within the digital marketing organization. I'd never before - and have never since - seen a place where people were so quick and eager to throw others under the bus at the faintest hint of a challenge or obstacle. Management was (not sure if it still is) built around a family of executives (hello, relentless and sometimes painfully awkward nepotism)... and a bunch of other upper managers constantly jockeying for favor and position with that family. If a client presented a challenge or had a change of heart about a strategy or direction, Cramer didn't react with the attitude of "Let's work together to figure out how to address it;" instead, it was ALWAYS: "Someone is to blame for this, and it's probably you" "You have failed by not seeing this coming," and "If you're not working at home until 1am every night to read the mind of the client and upper management, you're not a part of the solution." And to be clear: this wasn't my experience... this was quite literally the experience of everyone I knew there.
The result was a ridiculous, destructive and toxic mindset that rewarded politicking over ability, and resulted in massive, regular turnover. I can only hope that there have been substantial changes in the way they operate since then, but man... that was really an eye-opening experience in terms of how NOT to run an organization.
Advice to Senior Management – The management structure in place while I was there was clearly indifferent to any of the issues involved in the cons discussed above. My hope is that this is no longer the case, but if it is... yikes.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-09-18 14:05 PDT
I worked at Cramer full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – The people at Cramer are a team of all-stars. Therefore you get everything else that comes along with that: working together is easy, educational, and even fun. And the creativity and ideas coming from these industry giants is second-to-none.
In addition, the work/life balance is not just a catch-phrase at Cramer: they truly put a priority on it.
I absolutely loved working at Cramer.
Cons – In Cramer's technology group, there can be a limited degree of challenge, and lower-than-average pay. But this may not be true for other areas within the company.
Advice to Senior Management – Kick up the interactive a notch! Cramer's interactive channel has been slowly growing for years, and you've garnered some great clients. But there's a lot more potential for such a solid company.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-04-09 06:31 PDT
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