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Great place to learn, but little hope of longevity

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Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

I worked at Crain Communications

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

You will definitely learn a great deal about journalism and about business in this environment, but don't pin your hopes on moving up the ladder, especially as the hiring is very slow. An internship is a good start, but it won't get you an "in." Use this time making good impressions and it may lead to an entry-level position which will get you an "in." They hire from their pool of entry-level positions, so do good work and be willing to learn, make suggestions, and challenge the way things have always been done.

Cons

Sometimes they don't appreciate really good workers, and cut out positions regardless of the need within a department. But compared with elsewhere in the industry, especially non-trade pubs, it's not so bad.

Advice to Management

Appreciate the talent coming into your intern pool. You could be losing them to bigger publications and competitors, especially if they felt like they weren't treated well by management.

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  1. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Former Report in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Report in New York, NY

    I worked at Crain Communications

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent place for developing talent. Lots of opportunities for writing interesting stories. A very talented staff of writers and editors.

    Cons

    There aren't a lot of opportunities for full-time employment there, most temporary and intern work. Budget for salaries seems tight.

    Advice to Management

    You have a real gem of a publication here with an incredibly talented and motivated staff. Make sure you keep fighting for the resources to make sure they thrive.


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    A Company in Serious Decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crain Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Crain has decent employee benefits and its employees are quite nice. There is no CEO but the company is essentially run by two brothers, one of whom, Rance is a decent guy but somewhat pulled back from managing. The profit sharing plan was once exemplary but hard times have eroded it. Likewise, bonuses are no longer generous the way they once were.

    Cons

    Senior management is arrogant and lacks vision. As a result, this company is no longer a good place to work. It is mainly riding on a reputation built before the existing company leader took over. This is no place to work for any young person hoping to build a career. It also isn't a place for any executive over 50 to be since executives tend to get bounced once they cross the 50 mark. By the way, this site presents Rance Crain as the company leader. His brother Keith is the leader.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some fresh blood and that doesn't mean members of the Crain family. You need new ideas and vision and change. You can't cut your way back to your glory days.


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