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Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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  • If upper management really cares about employees, they wouldn't treat them like a hot pile of crap (in 9 reviews)

  • Forced overtime for months on end absolutely eats away at the work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Process Metallurgist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McBee, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McBee, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere and people are great. Management is very motivated but understanding

    Cons

    Hours can be long, some processes with information exchange outdated


  2. "I get a great paycheck, but I live at the Mill."

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay. Decent benefits. 1950's style work environment for production workers. Laid back production work in many of the departments.

    Cons

    Cartech is much too focused on their stock price than anything else. More than safety. More than quality. If Cartech's premium products are in a relatively low competition environment, then why court the stock market? Wouldn't the product sell itself? Wouldn't the brand sell itself? People will come regardless. Currently the company is being run by a bunch of ice-cold, heartless, number crunchers. Many employees have left the company because of ill-treatment.
    The company is also being managed poorly by middle management. Training is being cut in half, or more. Hundreds of experienced workers with 20-30 years experience have left in the past 2 years and management doesn't care about the loss of experience. Why? You guessed it, they're saving money. Then there's safety. Safety only matters after men get hurt, then the company reacts. Very minimal proactive safety programs. Lastly, there's overworked employees. As a result of being overworked, and working 7 days a week, many of the employees are divorced. This has been a problem for years. Is there really no other alternative to working 7 days a week? If upper management really cares about employees, they wouldn't treat them like a hot pile of crap.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with dignity and respect. We're only here because we like the pay that's it! It really doesn't take much to show (regularly, I might add, not annually), that employees are valued. Another important thing, young people today don't like working much-that's just a fact. If you don't rearrangement the work hours soon, you're going to have a big problem on your hands. That's why 30 of the new hires quit. Take some time and try to understand that the younger generation work force in America, by and large, doesn't want to work 7 days a week.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, managers help you grow, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Nothing of note. Can be long hours on occasion


  4. "Not a place to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The friendships you make while there 9 days a week.

    Cons

    This company has truely been impacted negatively by the appointed upper current management team. Far fetched goals, outdated equipment, no respect for the worker AT ALL, loss of senior mill workers, in proper training, clueless on the processes, planning is a complete joke at best, degrading the middle managers, cursing in meetings at staff, stressful work environment, hours, shift rotation, impact on family/home life is horrible, poor communication, treatment of the mill workers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the childish slogans and man up and treat others as you’d like the be treated. If the workers aren’t there, neither is your product. Stop abusing the staff with 84hr weeks and plan better. Quit the safety nonsense as well, it’s been falling on deaf ears for awhile now. Your being tuned out. The company is absolutely disgusting how the worker is treated. You all in upper management should be ashamed of yourselves with how you use, absolutely abuse, disrespect, degrade, belittle, talk down to, cuss at and micro manage your workers.


  5. "Looking"

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    Current Employee - Numerous Jobs in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Numerous Jobs in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    More hours at work, then with family/home life


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Carpenter HAD a great working environment to include salary structure, benefits and team environment where employees were engaged and willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Leadership - Ruling with an "iron fist" and ignoring your team is no way to lead. Carpenter has had some wonderful leaders in the past that all understood the business (Operating a Mill). The current leaders should spend more time understanding the business and what it takes to be successful!

    Advice to Management

    Look at prior leadership models and take what has worked and work into today's model. Ignoring and degrading individuals and mid level management won't .


  7. "Great place of employment."

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Heidelberg, PA
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Heidelberg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wages, employees, management, benefits, focus on safety, yearly bonus, personal growth, stability, holidays, vacation days, guaranteed weekends, training, job bidding, 401k plan

    Cons

    Employees work extensive amount of overtime. Management should like at implementing a program that will relieve / eliminate overtime. Overtime / labor is a huge cost that affects Carpenter's bottom line.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the company it used to be..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great wages and benefits. Lots of overtime for hourly employees if that's what you're looking for. Internal growth opportunities. Lower level management cares about the employees.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance. No holiday weekends. Upper management is condescending, belittling and vicious towards employees. Zero respect for employees. It is not the family oriented company anymore that it was once known for being. Employees work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day and holiday weekends. Only off on the actual holiday.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your employees. Carpenter employees are dedicated and loyal and deserve to be treated better. Cursing and screaming at people is not motivating. People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Strong, Talented and Loyal workforce. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Starting at the top (and direct reports), the leadership team has shown their lack of interest in the people and their talents. Everything revolves around the bottom line. Carpenter has become the old Alcoa where you lead with an iron fist (which by the way failed).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people in which they will take care you and your customers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Take it from me"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous 401k match; company making a profit again.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and employee dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Admit you don't know how to run the company and seek help.


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