Crown Partners

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Crown Partners Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing company, awesome coworkers!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to voice your opinion, flexibility on working hours, great benefits, great vacation policy, company is working with some big name companies!! Pays their employees market rate.

    Cons

    we need new carpet and paint in our Dayton office :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A true work hard, play hard mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is really cool with cutting edge technologies. You can learn a lot from the people around you and work with project teams made up of people from all over the country. Some of the most talented and driven people in the space. The ability to work remote when not needed at a client site is a huge perk. The reputation of the firm with 100% client referenceability is commendable. If you are a sef-starter, you'll do well here.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of hand-holding. You'll have to take initiative to continue to learn new things and can't ever put it on auto-pilot. I thrive on that but it's not for everyone. It's hard work but fulfilling when you see how it makes a difference in the bigger picture.
    Fast-growth has led to some chaos but also abundant opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to value your resources. They are what got you here and showing appreciation is key. Senior leadership needs to continue to solicit feedback from those in the trenches. The approach of every colleague has a voice is what has made the company as great as it is today. Don't lose sight of that as the growth continues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, diversity in work

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule, many opportunities to grow, great culture and people. Diversity in work is also a plus, being able to work on many projects allows for so much experience and deeper hands on learning.

    Cons

    With any consultancy job there are times where schedules can get overloaded and stressful, but that has been one of the only difficult things to juggle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast-paced, engaging and sometime chaotic place to work.

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to work from home or office (half the company is distributed), willing to compensate top performers, sensible bonus structure, high-profile clients and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Crown is a sales-driven company, so more is invested in the sales and marketing side of the company than development. High utilization rates are valued more than life/work balance. Many projects are managed poorly and poor planning is laid on the backs of developers. Crown's quick growth has led to lots of great projects, but lots of chaos as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on executing projects well by hiring experienced PM talent. Hire passionate developers and give them the freedom (and time) to invest in mastering their craft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crown Partners full-time

    Pros

    -All the lies that they tell when you accept the job offer make it sound like a dream job- so I guess the Pro's would be the ignorant bliss I lived in for the first couple of months.
    -Another pro would be that I have learned what exactly I don't want in my next role.
    -Can be a great job if you are billable or if you work under the right people- there are some nice managers.

    Cons

    -Poor compensation- non competitive salaries
    -Office politics and management plays favorites.
    -You need to run around and act like you are insanely busy otherwise people won't think you actually work.
    -Your work doesn't speak for itself you must play up to managers, be involved in office politics and not only work but make a very big debacle of you working. FYI being busy doesn't equal productivity.
    -When they hire you they tout the company as very relaxed and laid back. They state you can work remote whenever needed and they also state that all that matters is that you get your job done and that you do it well otherwise they don't really care what hours you keep etc. BE ADVISED this only applies to billable roles, if you are non billable you do not have that freedom. For some reason though they tell all new hires that- they should be honest and quit misleading employees in that regard.
    -No clearly defined career path.
    -Vacation policy is a joke. Crown touts that they have a "No vacation, vacation policy" basically saying as long as your boss is cool with it you can take vacation whenever you want. Here's the best part- your boss is NEVER cool with it- unless you are billable. Or unless you are working under a manager who is nice and understanding. If you work under someone who is on a power trip then forget about it. Enjoy your two weeks while watching them take however much time they need off.
    -Non-inspiring leadership.
    -Company doesn't value employees- high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set everyone up on a level playing field.
    Value your employees- a little appreciation goes a long way.
    Stop allowing a select few people get to enjoy all the benefits while the rest of the peasants are forced to watch all the fun events you are partaking in while we have to slave away and actually work.
    Stop allowing office politics and stop having favorites
    Stop putting people in management positions and allowing them to manage other people when they are obviously poor leaders and unable to manage other people.
    Stop lying to all your new hires and touting the company as something that is not.
    You need to fire several people from the executive team that are inefficient and are single handedly making the company a failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I am so happy I made the change to Crown!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    eBusiness consulting firm - a great tech company that is on the cutting edge and ready to explode with more growth. This, of course, means more opportunities at every level. Casual, yet professional atmosphere working with a great bunch of people all over the US and abroad. Love the break room, snacks, work from home if you want, Crown culture, Crown camp, etc.

    Cons

    should consolidate 2 main office buildings into 1; need a faster hiring process;

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

    Get used to eating ramen.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crown Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chance to work with many hot technologies.
    Ability to work remote
    Get to see lots of photos of owner's vacations to expensive places, places you'll never be able to afford while working here.

    Cons

    Very Poor Compensation. Crown does incredibly well from a bottom line perspective, this sadly does not translate to your pay.
    Very Poor Benefits, health care was 5x higher than my previous and next employer.
    Very sales focused.
    All the money to marketing. Marketing spends what I would estimate is around 50% of the monthly budget throwing extravagant dinners and parties so they can "drum up business".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more. Let previous work speak for itself instead of trying to wine and dine new business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    full of hope, empty at the end

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crown Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Initially, there were some great technical minds in the firm. Creativity was desired, flexible work hours and locations

    Cons

    Management purported they wanted feedback from employees, yet all suggestions fell on empty ears. Rules were changed regularly to keep folks from hitting targets where they could achieve bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try caring about your employees - they are people, not just cogs in the wheel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing company with an amazing future...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crown Partners full-time

    Pros

    In a great market and tied to best-in-class technologies, Crown is a fun company that treats employees fairly. Crown works and plays hard. When working at Crown you have the opportunity to work with really smart peers who check their egos at the door. A very refreshing environment. The company truly appreciates all employees. You're given every opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.... honestly!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's working!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get a lot of different experiences.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Crown Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Interesting/changing work
    - Challenging
    - Generally, nice people to work with
    - Ambitious organization

    Cons

    - Lots of churn and different directions
    - Poor pay/benefits
    - Poor communication
    - Run by sales people / overly sales focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on execution, try to improve consistency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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