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Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated February 18, 2018
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  • Forced overtime for months on end absolutely eats away at the work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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


  2. "Process tech varies in pay but all the same job."

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    Current Employee - Process Tech II in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Process Tech II in Bridgeville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment and good people as in co-workers. Management is easy to get along with and tasks are attainable.

    Cons

    Advancement is non existent and growth is very slow. Factory is out of date and processes seem useless.

    Advice to Management

    The little guy is who builds the foundation of a strong company.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Machine Operator"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and pay only. Some workers ok but most are self-absorbed.

    Cons

    No work - life balance, 7 days a week, no sympathy from management when a day off is needed, mostly 12 hr days. Job bidding is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to loosen the pressure on employees.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Go somewhere else if you want to be treated like a human being"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Suburban commuting situation near nothing at all.

    Cons

    Freezing cold, filthy office with an incompetent, micromanaging neurotic boss and strange co-workers who spy on you and make remarks about your wardrobe like it's high school. Classic Hostile Work Environment. Part-time clueless management.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Miserable Workforce in Washpa"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator
    Former Employee - Machine Operator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hourly pay rate is above average for the area. Nice parking area and facilities. Easily accessible from route 79.

    Cons

    Dealing with junkies in the large bar department. Constantly changing moods and hostility from dope heads. Getting scheduled long hours and extra shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Start random drug testing. We shouldn't have to work with young punks being high and suffering withdraw on the job.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical repair"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benifits, learn new skills

    Cons

    Too much management causes unnecessary stress. Lack of communication and common sense in management. Company tries to avoid responsibility for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers and hold them responsible for their area and employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


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