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Overall, a great company to work for.

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Former Employee - Online Ad Operations Manager  in  Detroit, MI
Former Employee - Online Ad Operations Manager in Detroit, MI

I worked at Crain Communications full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Employee reviews, regular business reviews by management, technology upgrades/investments. Management consistently looks for ways to improve business and revenue. There is also a sense that management has genuine regard for employees.

Cons

Can be highly political and tends to be staffed a bit too lean. This inhibits the best possible performance from most employees. Communication between business units tends to happen in silos. The political nature can also prohibit them from addressing areas of concern that could better benefit all.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to conduct employee surveys and take meaningful action against results.

Recommends
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    A place that distrusts its employees and is as disconnected as it is overly hierarchical

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Beautiful new Chicago location
    -Everyone is very courteous and friendly
    -Decent salary and benefits (if you didn't get them slashed during the 2009 crash)
    -The publications that do well are the ones with people that break away from the hierarchical drudgery

    Cons

    -Too much of a "whatever the boss/publisher/CEO says goes" mentality
    -Collaboration is said to be condoned, but most departments and publications have an entrenched territorial atmosphere
    -Employee happiness and good office culture are obviously not a priority.
    -The company doesn't even trust its employees to book a meeting room without an interpersonal manager as a go-between.
    -Independent projects, new positions and fresh approaches are often stalled or halted altogether due to lack of enthusiasm or office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop saying you encourage a collaborative office culture and out-of-the-box thinking unless you plan on taking concrete steps to inject these concepts into your different publications' management styles. Like the Internet, good office culture and Y/Z management are not just a passing fad but the new standard. Come join us in the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Solid company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Sales Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Crain Communications

    Pros

    Strong balance sheet and overall financial position

    Cons

    Publishing/News industry is in transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on leadership development.

    Approves of CEO
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