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Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. "Great place of employment."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. "Take it from me"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "not human beings"

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    Former Employee - Laborer in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Laborer in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good paycheck because you live there

    Cons

    slave labor, no concern for employees, if you don't live at work, you're fired

    Advice to Management

    learn how to schedule, most aren't married to their job


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not the great place to work it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Money, and that's all plain and simple.

    Cons

    No work, home balance. Terrible executive level leadership. They do not want to hire enough help, they are cutting real training time for new people they do hire, and cross training is out of the question. And the washout / quit rate of new hires is high. And a lot of the most experienced long time employees and managers have left do to the treatment they receive from executive management and being worked into the ground trying to do the work of two or three people and its never enough.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing and bullying lower and middle management, and working people into the ground because you refuse to hire enough help.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Customer Service Department has fallen apart."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company name to add on a resume. Steel & specialty metals production for various markets.

    Cons

    Management is a revolving door of unqualified puppets. Other department heads/managers are the ones who actually run the department.
    Micro managing will not do anything besides drive the good workers away. And don't bother being a good productive worker because they will take complete advantage of you and false promise you more money or better job titles that never come.
    Company was great up until 2016 when drastic changes started. The customer service department became the focal point of blame for issues outside of the departments control. This strategy has forced almost all of the experienced and productive workers out, and now the department is run by first time managers. Customers are dealing with new reps a few times a year.. Is that anyway to do business???
    The department has become an entry level platform for employees to put on their resume and get jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on your own growth and stop exploiting the people who work hard and reward them!!! Or else the people who actually get the work done will keep leaving. Look at your disgusting turn over rate. It will just keep getting worse.

  8. "Carpenter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is very good for the area

    Cons

    Benefits disappearing over the last 5 years


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother applying.... You will leave as fast as others"

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    Former Employee - Leader in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Leader in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Pay.....
    Good bullet point on resume....

    Cons

    No work-life balance.
    Upper management playing head games.
    Not hiring enough people which leaves you to do the work of 2 or 3 employees
    Many employees are being driven out or have decided to take their experience and leave to a better company.

    If you decide to work there - watch your back

    Advice to Management

    Start supporting the employees that get the work done.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not the company it was.. Save your time and don't bother!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for the most part.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management makes for very low morale among co-workers and high drop rate. Most people doing work of 2-3 people, with no help from management because they are clueless. Brow beat to get job done, with unrealistic department metrics. Even when trying to better yourself and move up in the company, you're held in current role for 6+ months - due to a hiring freeze to betray to the stock holders the company is making a profit.. all a smoke screen..
    Anyone with any experience and knowledge gave up and either quit or retired. It's very sad, as being a company that's been around for 128+ years and the place you'd be lucky enough to work for... complete opposite today!
    It's very sad that everyone that you work with is looking 'outside' the company for new career - even co-workers with 10+ years at the company..

    Advice to Management

    It's baffling that your company is a multi-billion $ company, yet you leave 25 yr olds to manage a group of people with no experience or knowledge to lead.


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