Crowley Maritime Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Nice People in the ranks, senior leadership is weak. Don't work here longer than 5 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crowley Maritime

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good benefits, lots of opportunity for training. Diversified business with lots of niche market areas that allow them to succeed in spite of weak management. A number of business units are capital intensive operations with high barrier to entry, so competition is limited. A good place to take them for all the training and benefits they offer, then move on.

    Cons

    Lots of industry inbreeding and nepotism in the management ranks. Senior people are mostly nice old men who don't belong at that level with a couple of exceptions - but not enough talent in the senior ranks. They have great difficulty attracting and retaining real talent as a result. They award VP titles to people who would never achieve that level in better-run companies as a means of retaining younger managers who they hope will become the future senior management. Unless you are one of those, don't stay.

  2. crewing coordintor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crowley Maritime full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    An interesting job with varied duties keeping you always busy. Pay was stagnate, benefits were good.

    Cons

    Supervisors played favorites and made for a tense work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Supervise your supervisors and put a stop to the office gossip and back biting.

  3. Helpful (1)

    IT has gone WAY downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crowley Maritime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers who are always eager to help
    Salary & benefits
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    The latest regime to take over IT (about 1 year ago) do NOT know what is going on in the IT department. A few were hired to be hatchet men, to get rid of people & reduce the bottom line. Seems like the new business model for IT is to get rid of FTEs and replace them with contractors. Crowley used to be a great company to work for, but their new motto 'Do more with less' succinctly defines the new corporate thinking. A shame to see such a drastic change, but it seems that a lot of IT departments are doing the same.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing the experience that long-term employees bring to the company. What looks good on the bottom line immediately may not be beneficial in the long run.
    If the new direction in IT is to hire contractors, please hire some contractors from the U.S.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    culture is backwards

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Crowley Maritime full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, training opportunities are many. There are beautiful offices and some really great people working there. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    there are not enough women working here and they don't get promoted to management often. Women seem to be successful only in HR and training, and are not compensated equally to their male peers. This company is stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Having one woman in each level or job is not enough. Your hr department is the worst I've ever seen, and part of the problem. Creativity and collaboration come from diversity, folks, and you have no real diversity.

  6. Enjoyed my time at Crowley.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Crowley Maritime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. The people I worked with are hard working and loyal to a fought. Company wide training is required for all employees

    Cons

    Upper management is blind to a lot of what goes on. There is a lack of communication between departments. Also a lack of job knowledge.

  7. Company Organization Changes

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    Former Employee - Analyst, Business Technology in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst, Business Technology in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Crowley Maritime full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Moving with new directions and better support and peformance

    Cons

    Keep changes without seeing the results of previous initiative changes.
    Leadership teams need to visit more often to branch offices and understand how they can support each department and facility overall.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to have the contingency and business continuity plans before making another initiative changes. Please do not put another bandage to a system (in general) to get it done; then make another change again and again without have a long term plans to improve both processes and applications/systems.

  8. Male dominated industry that bullies employees and customers alike. I would not recommend this Company!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crowley Maritime full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None...the negatives far outweigh the positives. HR is stuck in the past. Company ruled by males.

    Cons

    Bullying atmosphere. Harassment not taken seriously. Work around rules as much as possible whether ethical, moral, or regulated.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real management training, rather than off the ships.

  9. Towing division in an aging fleet. New Vessels designed by misinformed management.

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    Former Employee - AB to Second Mate to Chief Mate in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - AB to Second Mate to Chief Mate in Lake Charles, LA

    I worked at Crowley Maritime full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Tugs approaching 40 years old but very well maintained. Company tries to keep its employees even in a downturned market.

    Cons

    A union company that seems to control the union so the union seems more indebted to the company that to the members. 40 year old tugs are costly to run and maintain. Each division is their own little mafia and are not so happy to share their work when a downturn affects their a different division.

    Advice to Management

    Try visiting the vessels occasionally when they come in.

  10. Computer Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Computer Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Crowley Maritime full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company, Lots of Systems, Comunication Equipment, Adequate Technology Level. In house Software self maintained. Knowledge of international laws to adapt systems to all servicing countries.

    Cons

    Hard to Reach a better position. IT is only a service inside the company. Resistance of change. Basic Benefits, Too much overtime required every end of accounting period and budget time. Lots of traveling.

  11. Helpful (2)

    A company stuck in the past. Pretty much a commodity industry. senior management team is pretty average, nothing special

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Management in South Florida, FL

    I have been working at Crowley Maritime full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Most of the employees are good people and great to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of vision. Not an innovative management team, with a few exceptions of Todd & Rocky. Very political for a small company. Owner is a little disengaged with the business, leaves day to day running of the business to the SLT, most of whom should be grateful to work at Crowley. They would not be successful at any other company outside of the logistics industry.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your SLT and replace with a more strategic, innovative group. Stuck too much in the past. However, when the rest of the competition isn't any better, you may be OK. You always talk about the growth operating model, but revenue the past few years stuck at the same level. What gives, do you really believe your bull???

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