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Employees rate Richmond 6.5% lower than the overall average
I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time
Carpenter is a major player in a moderately outsource-proof industry, which provides a strong senseof security in an economy where much manufacturing can be (and often is) sent oveseas. Management actively promotes quality based on traditional "old school" values. Contributors face little fear of job loss. Most, if not all, employees are great to work with in this relatively flat organization.
Compensation is below market average, but you get security in the exchange. Marketing and sales could be more aggressive in expanding customer base and products, but the poor economy offers fewer rewards to those who refuse to lower quality (see GM and other examples from decades past). Vacation policy is not as lax as most other firms. Career development opportunities exist but not as easy to realize given low voluntary turnover. Be aggressive and transparent with long-term goals to advance.
Advice to Management
Strengthen considerations of ever-increasing international pressures in strategy planning, e.g. international competition, sensitivities to current global events, domestic competitors willing to make more concessions, etc. Remain flexible and allow room to take more risks.
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I applied online. I interviewed at Carpenter Co. (Richmond, VA) in June 2017.
After submitting my online application I was emailed a week later to do a phone interview. The phone interview went great. They just asked basic screening questions like what are you looking for? and do you have experience with cost accounting? That went great and then about another week later they invited me for an in person interview on site at their Richmond office. I first interviewed with the accounting supervisor who was really nice and down to earth. He referred to my resume a lot which I liked because that meant he took the time to look at it beforehand. However the second interview with the accounting controller did not go as well. He was an older man and had been with the company for 30 plus years. He seemed very rigid and I could tell he was wanting me to have more accounting experience than I did. He cut the interview short which I could tell meant that he wasn't interested in me. It didn't bother me too much because I read a lot of really bad reviews about the culture of the company and I could tell from my interviews that it was exactly how a lot of people described. They don't seem to promote growth or change and don't do a lot of morale boosting activities for their employees. It just seemed kind of dull to me and stuck in time. It just wasn't what I was looking for personally. It was a great learning experience though!