Konecranes Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Pekka Lundmark
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Pros
  • lol) Can be fun at times, other Techs are good to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • The local branch has good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of leadership on managment in Houston office (in 2 reviews)

  • Expectation to work very long hours (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Administration

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    Former Employee - Branch Administrative in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Branch Administrative in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Konecranes

    Pros

    The companies commitment to safety is outstanding.
    The benefits are top notch, and matching 401k

    Cons

    Losing to much admin staff and moving people up that don't have experience and no where to go to get help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good leaders that actually will help you instead of throwing things at you and call you stupid. The one in Novi does not know how to train and will call you an idiot when she doesn't know either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great company from the outside looking in, but....

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    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Industrial Electrician in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Konecranes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary, good benefits provided by company

    Cons

    Profits seemed to be the only interest at my branch office and employees where expected to be available at any time at a second's notice. All policies favored the company and worked against the employees. For instance, time card had to be entered in 30 min. increments. So it usually was rounded against the employee time, which it meant that you would lose 10 to 20 minutes of paid time everyday. They do not issue company credit cards, but company often expected technician to use his own card to pay for company related expenses. Then you had to fill an expense report (on your own time, since this time was not paid either) and send it to corporate for repayment approval. After 3 or 4 weeks you would get a check that had to be deposited again on your own time. So in short they used your personal card and then you would spend over an hour trying to recoup your money. Since they always tried to tie your paid time to job at the customer site and travel time, much of company related issues done at shop was unpaid.
    Take home company truck is considered a privilege and not a perk like every where else, so maintenance of truck was done on your own time and this time was not paid either. When I told them I would not take truck home then, I was deemed to have a bad attitude. But all these policies made feel used since the beginning to the end of my employment with them, about 2 months.
    On top of it all, the job is dangerous and usually in nasty environments. My job title was industrial electrician technician but electrical work is much less than 10% of your time. Instead there is plenty of physical, unskilled labor. After I started working for them, I had a very hard time going to job interviews in my quest to leave this terrible company, so do not join them and be trapped like I was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your many stupid policies

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. New hire, outlook very promising

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    Current Employee - Service Technician in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Novi, MI

    I have been working at Konecranes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent health and compensation package. Extremely supportive work environment. Access to many of the companies resources for support and self development. You will never find a company with higher values and a culture like this one.

    Cons

    None that I know of, will keep updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Rewarding company, hard work, but little pay

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Konecranes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Konecranes builds a great product and offers their customers excellent service in general and it is easy to get behind that aspect and feel good about the company. A good deal of positions in the company offer company trucks or cars and the benefits are excellent, including 401K matching, health, vision, dental, and life. Also many people are on a bonus plan and everyone gets profit sharing. Still a growing company, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The company used to have a decent training program, but it has become very inadequate for the technicians and almost non-existent for lower level managers and supervisors. In fact, there is almost no effort being made to develop the next generation managers. Also, the home office in Finland is not very responsive to needs elsewhere, there is still too much centralized control from overseas that can make a manager's job difficult.

    Advancement is very limited by location and the ceiling can be reached very quickly at the branch level. Unless you are willing to move to the factory or corporate locations you are stuck mid-career. Konecranes is also a very demanding employer, demanding very long work days and typically pays below industry standard, employee turnover is a really big problem because of this. Unfortunately for Konecranes most people don't mind the hard work and enjoy working for Konecranes, but staying becomes very difficult when much more money can be made elsewhere. Expect to give 90% to the company and 10% to yourself, there is no work/life balance in Konecranes.

    The bureaucracy and red tape has become too much, diminishing many managers ability to make decisions and be effective managers. There is also a trend of hiring managers with no industry experience, which is fine if there is adequate training, but since there is very little training for managers and virtually no leadership development there are a lot of struggling managers in the company with a lot of dissatisfied employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way to many managers and virtually no leadership at the lower to mid-level management. Invest in people. Benefits are already excellent, but people are still leaving, pay them what they are worth (at least meet industry standards) and provide more training for all levels in the company. Develop managers to be better leaders, many locations could benefit from strong leadership. There is a strong feeling that the company just doesn't care about the employees anymore, if the economy ever makes a full recovery and jobs are plentiful again, Konecranes will likely lose a lot of very good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    One of worse companies I have ever worked for!!!

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    Former Employee - Service Supervisor
    Former Employee - Service Supervisor

    I worked at Konecranes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous time off, great hours...

    Cons

    Everything else! A horrible righteous self centered pr*ck branch manager. Constantly micro-manages you till you want to explode... does things his way rather than the Konecranes way because that's what he likes. Makes your life a constant hell. Knows every thing and all things.

    I've said it before people don't quit jobs, they quit managers. This place has one of the worse managers... second person in my position to get the boot in less than one year... That speaks volumes!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of hiring your managers... It's not all about the college degrees but how to treat their employees is much more important... Think about that!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Amazing people and a great corporation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Konecranes

    Pros

    Great benefits with a great staff that loves what they do.

    Cons

    Small company with limited positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Fairly well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Konecranes

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package and considerable freedom to do my job. I was not micromanaged. Safety was also strongly emphasized.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations and workload, delays in decisions due to Global HQ, and certain local managers were allowed to treat employees like dirt because they were still profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Global HQ needs to realize there isn't a "one size fits all" and top forcing Finnish culture on other countries. Listen to employees in the Employee Survey about stress levels and address staffing levels appropriately. Deal with managers who don't know how to treat people. They are profitable despite their aggressive styles, they would double their profits if they were better leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Run, don't walk away from this job!

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    Current Employee - Service Technician in Crown Point, IN
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Crown Point, IN

    I have been working at Konecranes (less than a year)

    Pros

    Best part is not being there.

    Cons

    Dangerous, low pay, no solid schedule or income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bye!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good global company with many opportunities

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    Current Employee - Purchasing in Springfield, OH
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Springfield, OH

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

    Pros

    Autonomous working environment that allows you to take risks for the company and not constantly looking over your shoulder. Enjoyable working environment. Not a lot of stuffy bosses. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay scale is below industry standards for the positions. Lack of leadership training and mentoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level management tends to make decisions that they feel will benefit the company but do not consult a range of employees to gauge if said decision would adversely effect the downstream business flow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    An old hierarchic company in thought and action.

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    Current Employee - N/A in North Adams, MA
    Current Employee - N/A in North Adams, MA

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

    Pros

    Bonus system based on perceived performance. Teamwork within specific department. There is good people working here.

    Cons

    Very hierarchic. A large amount of middle management positions. Training almost obsolete, Teamwork between different departments none at all. Enormous and slow bureaucracy. Innovative people thinking out of the box is held back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of most middle management and start living up to the motto you no longer stand for "Trust in people" and get the people to trust the company and be proud working at Konecranes not afraid like now.
    The motto spoken out loud by certain management is "no one is irreplaceable certainly not you" very inspiring dont you think?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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