Crane Aerospace & Electronics

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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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2.5 71 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Crane Aerospace & Electronics President Bob Tavares

Bob Tavares

(22 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 Schedule - every other Friday off (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people who generously give their time and resources back to the community (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Half the time work/life balance was ok, the other half it was pretty terrible (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours and lower to average pay (in 5 reviews)

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    A company that is struggling in difficult times

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Lynnwood, WA

    ProsCrane A&E supplies niche electronics to both commercial and defense customers. Most company workers have been there for quite a while which suggests that they are happy. Crane products are of good quality and do not depend on breakout technologies to compete.

    ConsThe Crane management culture appears to be changing (more demanding) as their senior leadership is replaced and their BOD demands higher profit margins. The friendly atmosphere that was once enjoyed is now more stressful and less secure. Some good people are leaving and some are being asked to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCrane needs to think more like their customers and realize that their inward looking perspective is hurting their business approach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good for Lifers, bad for personal growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lynnwood, WA

    ProsMost of the people I worked with directly were nice and friendly. Seems difficult for the company to let anyone go. That is, unless you did something horrible you probably wouldn't get fired...Keeping headcount is important for middle management.
    The fruit/cookies they give away every once and a while (maybe once a month) was nice.
    Company somehow is always profitable.

    ConsIt felt as though innovation and growth was frowned upon...
    It felt like there were many underperforming "lifers"
    Talented people leave quickly.
    Compensation/benefits are average at best
    There are multiple, pretty independent sites. Company Politics made cross-site technological implementations difficult.
    Middle Management felt unwilling to listen to the ideas of subordinates.
    Half the time work/life balance was ok, the other half it was pretty terrible

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter incentives for talented people to stay. Talented people are leaving from frustration. Weed out the ones not doing their job. Don't keep them around just because they are the only ones that know how the system works.

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    Overly lean organization

    Engineer (Current Employee) Lynnwood, WA

    ProsPeople are capable, care about each other and have fun with each other. There is opportunity to reach for different/additional challenges (at least within professional ranks).

    ConsEmployee turn-over is high. Company success relies too heavily on extreme individual effort instead of an adequately staffed organization,. Many people work very long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it clear to employees that it is up to them to limit their workload - that management will NOT do it. Assign designated backups for every role - it is not okay for the organization to falter because an individual is sick or on vacation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disfunctional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosflexible schedule
    few good people to work with
    9/80 work schedule
    my supervisor

    ConsHR
    Sr. Management
    No bonus program for others except Exec.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineering (Current Employee) Lynnwood, WA

    ProsGood location if you live south of Lynnwood. Relaxed atmosphere. Good place to work if you want to contribute your specified share, then go home. They do allow "work from home" for Engineers and those who are tied to PC's all day.

    ConsEasy to get stuck in one role. No professional development budget to stay current in field. New Engineers have no incentive to remain beyond a few years at most. Little possibility of affecting a positive change in methods, tools, or ideology. Noisy work environment makes it difficult to get any serious work accomplished (thankful for work-from-home policy).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your Engineers, Managers, and Technicians in person. There is currently no reasonable dialogue between employees that are new and/or eager to engage in new challenges.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ugly Company

    Supply Chain (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsI guess working 12 plus hours a days is good might as well forget about a family life

    ConsCrane does not value family work balance and turns it back on illegal drug use at work

    Advice to Senior Managementfire all your lower level mana9gers and start over and promote a more family friendly company. Millions will still be made and giving time off (weekends) will make a happier employee and healthier work enviromnent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting stuff going on in the company. Very friendly and smart people to work with. Good compensation in pay. They will work with you to make sure you are happy with your internship.

    ConsSlow to change to be competitive with other companies. Need to be more innovative to create new job opportunities.

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    New president show's great hope

    Administration (Current Employee) Lynnwood, WA

    ProsNew president shows hope for the companies future, He says the right things. Amazingly high profit for Aerospace.

    BTW, the president of Crane Aerospace and Electronics is NOT Bob Tavaris, it's Brendan

    ConsMost of the perc's for working at Crane Aerospace are gone. there is no stock options, bonus plan, the retirement plan has been cut nearly in half, turnover is very high. Especially in Burbank, the facility is an old army barrack. Horrible facility. We had record sales the last couple of years, still the merit pool was 1%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend the money, fix the aging buildings, replace the old DOS based test equipment, etc. Focus on employee retention.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very demanding workload and long work hours.

    Planner (Current Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsLots of opportunities to advance and gain knowledge.

    ConsLong hours and lower to average pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge the employees who work hard to keep company going with monetary rewards. Bonuses need to be reality when sales goals are exceeded and not a mirage in the distant realm of possiblity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Difficult to stay positive on outlook of company when management is unwilling to change old habits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOff Fridays and PTO time provided. Engineering team good to work with.

    ConsContinually high expectations from management with no signs of slowing down.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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