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Crain Communications Reviews

Updated April 1, 2019
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Pros
  • "Worked with great people, good work environment" (in 12 reviews)

  • "This 100 year-old company is still family owned and it shows (in a good way)" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "There's no rationale at anything and no one cares" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Very political and old school publishing culture" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, solid and stable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A family-owned company that provides stability and flexibility to work at home/off hours. Exciting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Management sometimes does not show it values dedicated employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value long-time employees


  2. "Nice place to work but leadership was aimless"

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with strong performers and workload was manageable. Fun culture, lots of social activity. Located downtown.

    Cons

    No clear strategic direction. Has been facing industry changes for decades but still in denial.

    Advice to Management

    Get outside of your trust-fund bubble for a minute.

  3. "Crain teams got em"

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    Former Employee - Radio On-Air Personality in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Radio On-Air Personality in Conway, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun promotions that be include involvement in the community

    Cons

    There's ZERO opportunity for advancement


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company trying to transform itself in changing times"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Editorial in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, takes journalism seriously and values editorial, pays well comparatively, the company seems to like promoting from within.

    Cons

    All the publications are managed independently so it can be tough to move around, which means promotion opportunities can be limited if people don't leave your own publication very frequently. Like many other publishing firms, it is still trying to come to grips with the new economics of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on quality journalism.


  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has existed for over 100 years and their publications are known across the nation.

    Cons

    Some publications experience lack of communication between upper and lower level management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Empty Promises, endless work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented coworkers. You’ll learn a lot because you’ll be doing the work of four people.

    Cons

    Benefits awful, pay awful, technology awful. Unrealistic expectations without the resources, direction or feedback necessary to succeed and grow. Tons of talented young people with fresh ideas who aren’t listened to and are taken advantage of until they are burned out and miserable. Communication is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Support your people by not working them to death. Fix your communication issues. Update your technology so your employees can function.


  7. "Great People, Many Changes"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good office location for commuters, collaborative workplace, great coworkers and team bonding opportunities

    Cons

    I left at a time when upper management and leadership was changing what felt like almost every month which made completing tasks near impossible

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Reputation in a Declining Industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company has a good reputation and significant history in the industries and regions that they cover. Salaries are competitive. The employees are great to work with. This could be a great stepping stone in your career.

    Cons

    The economy of the news publishing industry is declining. Belts are tightening, making a heavier workload for fewer employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rank and file employees care about one another. Respected brands

    Cons

    Company is shrinking as ownership takes out money to invest outside the business

    Crain Communications Response

    Nov 5, 2018 – Chief Human Resources Officer

    It is important to address the statement under cons. While Crain has shrunk over the last few years, it has done so to ensure a healthy balance sheet. For too long, Crain supported brands that never... More


  10. "Part-time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crain Communications part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company seemed to care about the employees and their contributions.

    Cons

    Different departments did not seem to overlap to build a sense of company community or culture.