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Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people in the trenches -- smart & dedicated (in 10 reviews)

  • This 100 year-old company is still family owned and it shows (in a good way) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Primarily a media company, Crain is adapting to a difficult, changing industry (in 7 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    -Flexibility
    -Helpful employees
    -Parking included
    -Great location

    Cons

    Management is not always willing to move with the times, kind of stuck in their ways

    Advice to Management

    Consider moving more to the digital aspect of publishing


  2. Helpful (6)

    "The beginning of the end"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple locations in great cities; friendly co-workers; talented employees who are experts in their fields; good holiday time off and PTO benefit

    Cons

    Years and years of misspending and staff cuts to compensate for the misspending lead to overworked employees and a miserable work environment. Too many changes in upper level management year after year created chaos for employees. It's sad to see a once great company struggle so much. I don't expect the company to be around much longer unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to constantly overhaul the reporting structure and instead focus on the issues at hand and address them. Changing who reports to who isn't growing your business; it's only burning out your remaining employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Slow you roll"

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

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Company does have a vision - although the vision seems a bit clouded, especially for a company dependent upon print publications as a large source of their income.

    Cons

    As a business, downsizing is a part of life. However, downsizing during a time when you are trying to grow seems counter intuitive.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and try to be good at one thing before trying to be great at everything.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A sad decline"

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Journalist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches -- smart & dedicated. Great office location. Decent salary.

    Cons

    We went from having excellent benefits to having almost everything taken away, to the point where I can't understand why anyone under the age of 50 would want to work here. We had a pension plan, AND a profit-sharing plan, AND got a Christmas bonus. Now? NOTHING. Honestly I don't know of any reputable employers who DON'T offer a retirement plan. Except for Crain.

    The young leadership -- 3rd generation, you know what they say -- is ham-fisted, has communications issues, seems to lack vision and deals with problems by a) laying off rank and file workers; b) cutting benefits; and c) hiring even more bureaucrats, adding to the incredibly bloated upper leadership, non-content or revenue-producing staff and shielding themselves from having to take blame and/or address problems with true leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Do some research & find out what made Crain a great place to work in the past.


  5. "Good place to start out"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Reporter in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great legacy and access with storied, privately owned publishing company. A good name to have on the resume.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, the company is changing


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Designer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    centrally located, nice people overall...

    Cons

    terrible communication, and when you do want action no one does anything. Many brands are downsizing and you are expected to do less with more. Not good! People turn a blind eye to what is really going on to look good to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your employees, don't ignore them - they will leave.


  7. "Respected news room with respected leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Trusted news source. Allows journalists to practice independent judgment.

    Cons

    Needs more diverse coverage to address an emerging younger audience.

  8. "Hoping it gets better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Supportive employees
    Great location
    Room for advancement
    Educational encouragement and support

    Cons

    Lowball in pay
    Bait and Switch on positions
    Very little diversity
    Afraid to try new things

    Advice to Management

    Raise the bar a bit higher. Challenge all of us, instead of doing whats comfortable. How can we adapt to the changing times if we are scared to move?


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Editorial
    Current Employee - Editorial
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for journalism. Family company that seems to care about employees. It's a business newspaper, so even though it faces some of the same challenges as a daily, it has wealthier readers and feels more financially stable (at least at my publication). The new leadership is younger and trying to innovate.

    Cons

    It's still a publishing company, so it still faces disruptive forces - who knows where we'll be in 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    You are trying new things, so that's good. Keep doing that.


  10. "Welcome back to corporate recruiting and onboarding!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    After working for family-owned businesses, for some time now, it was refreshing to be led through the hiring process in a professional manner, using tools and processes prepared in advance. My questions were answered promptly and satisfactorily.

    Cons

    Other than the 2-year highway construction project that just started on I-75, I have no cons to report.


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