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Carpenter Technology Reviews

Updated November 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "good pay, flexible and useful for experience" (in 9 reviews)

  • "This company provided good pay and benefits" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Forced overtime for months on end absolutely eats away at the work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "If upper management really cares about employees, they wouldn't treat them like a hot pile of crap" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Carpenter is like a ninja company - it's everywhere and a part of every new and innovative technology but you would never know - it's like having a piece of Silicon Valley here in Philly. There are some awesomely smart people working here and the opportunity to learn is enormous. The office environment is incredibly laid back and is filled with friendly and approachable colleagues.

    Cons

    The company is going through a growth cycle which isn't for everyone and this naturally comes with some growing pains. If you aren't someone who thrives in a changing environment it would probably be a poor fit.

    Advice to Management

    The Philly market is an exciting place to be and I'm excited to see what the future holds!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Carpenter HELL"

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

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

    Pros

    They pay is good, health care is questionable

    Cons

    Long,long,long hours and day off are far and few.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads from you know where!!!! Let's get real, if the practiced there CORE VALUES and actually would listen to the people that have been there 20,30,40 years, they would double there profits. I'm a 3rd generation mill worker, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting dimmer not brighter!!!

  3. "Financial Analyst Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Company, good HR department, Good Accounting Department

    Cons

    Not a lot of training with the subsidiary.


  4. "Production Line Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Line Worker
    Current Employee - Production Line Worker
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sufficient Pay for Hours Worked
    Great Benefits and 401K Match
    Vacation Time

    Cons

    Poor Management Communication Skills
    Poor Home/Life Ratio
    Mediocre Safety Conditions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employers. We should not have to document why we need paper towels in the break-rooms. Upper management refuses to connect with their experienced production workers and take their expert opinions into account of business decisions


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carpenter Technology full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits, overtime premium

    Cons

    Treated more like slaves and forced to work weekends and holidays

    Advice to Management

    Go back to being a family friendly company


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Let's get real about Carpenter"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make bank!!! I'm talking 6 figures for entry-level positions. Depending on the department, the work can be very easy. There is also plenty of advancement opportunities. I've see people climb from entry-level to crew leader to supervisor to department manager within 5 years.

    Cons

    This is real. You will be expected to work every single day. I'm talking 7 days a week, possible 12s and doubles with no notice, no long holiday weekends, sometimes even the actual holidays(double time and a half). The only 2 guaranteed days off are Dec 24,25. Side note, literally 1/3 of the production workers have FMLA to deal with the demanding work schedule.

    Advice to Management

    The company used to be slightly overstaffed in the past to deal with the work schedule in the primary shops. Get back to that for the sanity of your employees.


  7. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people - very safety oriented

    Cons

    Could pay better wages and more vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    recognize accomplishments and value of the employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting and challenging work, but zero rewards for it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planning in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Planning in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job is interesting. Have learned a over my years in different departments.

    Cons

    Executive level management has no idea what some of the most critical departments do. Merit and bonus pay can be yanked with no forewarning to employees or even their supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they wouldn’t listen anyway. Safety is a “priority”, yet folks work 12 hour days 7 days a week.

    Is that center city office in Philly needed? Or does Tony Thene just want it so he has a shorter commute? Money wasted.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Slave Shop"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay is the only pro.

    Cons

    The mandatory over time is getting ridiculous. The life to work ratio is unacceptable. Mandatory 71 hours a week with a family at home is unacceptable. The supervisors being rude is unacceptable. You do not get any sleep. You do not get any time to do squat with your life or family. This is no place for a human being. They may as well make robots for this job. Hell I’d even feel bad for the robots! All this company cares about is their money. And putting people on 12 hour shifts for more than 60 days straight in July just to make their quota. If you love being treated like absolute crap and hate being home than this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Bad management will make GOOD employees quit.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bad place to work. VP/GM is a malignant narcissist."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McBee, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McBee, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carpenter Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's out in the country.

    Cons

    Long hours. Expected to be available 24/7/365 or as the VP and CEO put it, "if you aren't sick to your stomach 24/7 about this place...then we don't need you here."

    Advice to Management

    Relax and treat employees like human beings and not dogs. Trust in the people you hire and give them a little stroke, micromanagement is never a good thing for morale.


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