Crayola
3.1 of 5 17 reviews
www.crayola.com Easton, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 18, 2014

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Mike Perry

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    Good company, great people!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsWell defined brand known all over the world. The employees are very friendly and easy to get a long with. I've made some great friends that are like a family! Work is steady and they're constantly thinking of new, innovative ideas for products. Crayola will be around for a long time!

    ConsLack of communication between groups a lot of times and things get lost in the mix. The work load seems to keep piling up but you're still expected to get it all done even though you're not giving the proper amount of time. The product development process can feel backwards at times as well.

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

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    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsInnovation, a legitimate mission, a great brand and nice people. Opportunities are presented to those that create opportunity for themselves. Self reliance is critical to personal success.

    ConsCompensation and benefits are poor. Poor diversification of the retail business. Still developing fundamental parts of the business. Many in Easton have a myopic or limited view and understanding of the consumer goods industry and retail customers in general.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond Easton PA to establish positioning of the company,people and the brand.

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    Great place to work and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsSome managers take an active interest in you and help you grow professionally
    I feel supported by my team and my managers
    Casual work environment - people are approachable, wear jeans to work every day

    ConsCompany is slow to change.
    Some people who have been w/ company a long time don't have a global perspective
    Lack of communication between domestic and international teams -- but improving
    Corporate building seems like it has not been updated since it was built in the 1970s! It isn't an exciting place to walk into as an office building.

    Rainbow cafe (staff cafeteria) feels like you are eating in a warehouse. Small food selection and quality not great despite recent change of food vendors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in more US marketing! There are opportunities to grow sales if we invested more heavily. Yes, everyone knows Crayola in the US, but we still need to be top of mind and turn that brand equity into profits.

    You can sense there is not alignment company-wide on the fact that we are a MNC. Get everyone on the same page, Crayola is global!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsNice, smart people. Family environment

    ConsSlow to adopt new ideas. Culture of conflict avoidance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not equipped and staffed to move to the next level.

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsCertain departments have a can-do mentality and work across boundaries to work together to facilitate change, solve problems and creatively solve problems. Lots of volunteer opportunities within the Lehigh Valley area.

    ConsLifers protecting their pensions are not to be crossed. "Leadership Committee" insures the welfare of the those that play the game and don't rock the boat. Minimal cultural diversity in employee ranks. Hallmark is the parent company and they handpick the CEO and CFO in order to make sure their interests are taken care of by Hallmark people. They preach an idealized corporate culture but they really need to have a clearer picture of their identity first. They don't know how to have fun.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't expect employees to blindly go after a goal without a clear roadmap and steps to follow, especially when the majority of the workforce has never had experience performing on a global scale.

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

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    Amazing environment

    Lab Technician (Former Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsGreat people, easy jobs, no pressure.

    ConsTedious jobs, you could be doing the same job for days.

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    Poor work environment with inept management

    Process Analyst (Former Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsHR, friendly employees, slow relaxed pace of work, innovative product development, OK benefits, company financially doing good.

    ConsInept & incompetent IT management, poor racial diversity, inflexible leadership, poor work environment for professional growth opportunities, excessive dependence on consultants to get any work done in IT

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease fire IT managers & get managers with real IT experience who understand systems being used & understand working with teams with diversity. IT managers are squandering financial resources by using consultants than learning to be innovative in providing solutions for business.

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

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    Lost vision

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong brand and good for you products keep people inspired. Fair salaries and benefits. Sustainability efforts

    ConsLack of vision and communication, no perks. (coffee, food etc...) Outdated facilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a clear vision

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

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    A great company to grow in

    Inventory Control Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsEducation reimbursement without a contract. Opportunity to grow.

    ConsHealth benefits have gone down in recent years, but still favorable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is lacking at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Keep your resume UPDATED.

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Easton, PA

    ProsGreat brand. Great product. Descent salary.

    Cons1.Considering the frequent turnovers, you're considered a veteran if you last a year. Either you run like hell or another "turnover" causes your position to be eliminated.

    2. He giveth he taketh away-One minute you're promoted with an office leading a team...next minute you've been demoted: back in a cubicle with a new boss(should you get to keep your job).

    3.Management treats employees like pieces in a game: you're move around whenever and wherever they see fit. That would be a good thing if the moves were strategic/consistence with your skill set.

    4.Everyone seem "nice" but BEWARE-Employees there are so paranoid/ fearful of job loss that they are constantly back stabbing each other.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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