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Crain Communications Reviews

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. "Sr. Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Terrific company. Family friendly.

    Cons

    Company is relatively small - few opportunities for advancement


  2. "Staff Reporter"

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

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

    Pros

    This is a family-owned company that takes very good care of employees, offers flexible hours and a lot of continuous training for growth.

    Cons

    It's located in Detroit, which can be a long commute for some people.

  3. "Good people and work environment"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clips if you are interested in marketing stories. But you have to be a self-starter. There's little help offered.

    Cons

    If you are interested in general news, this is not the place to work. You have to think everything in terms of marketing and advertising perspectives.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a great job.


  4. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues; attractive work environment; well respected media outlet; ability to work independently.

    Cons

    management often displays poor judgement.

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Smart, great people. Office location

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management


  6. Helpful (2)

    "more pressure on profits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strives for, and generally achieves, excellence in journalism. People try to keep their heads up despite more recent layoffs at some publications. But it's the same story anywhere in journalism these days; it's tougher to make money and cost cutting seems to be inevitable.

    Cons

    Health plan is limited. In terms of profit pressure, it's always a bad sign when a company eliminates free snacks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Events"

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

    I worked at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic company who cares about their employees. Great teamwork. Supportive of employees' philanthropic causes.

    Cons

    Some cons just typical of a 100 year old company; nothing major.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Made it to 100 years - remember how you got there."

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

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great reputation, exceptional reporting and high journalistic integrity. These are important qualities during a time when most media is becoming the bad guy.

    Cons

    Whereas most companies strive for diversity and value hard work and talent, Crain is sliding the opposite direction. It's a man's world. Hard work and talent not required.

    Additionally, year-end bonus and retirement programs are ending at the end of this year. Aetna insurance is mediocre and the company does not help by contributing to your HSA. Bare minimum maternity leave, meaning FMLA minimum. The direction of the business has taken multiple missteps since being run by the next generation. Bad decisions and bad leadership are resulting in closing of brands, cutting of benefits, and major layoffs.

    It's certainly not easy to be successful in publishing in 2016, however it's not a difficult concept that you must adapt with your employees and readers not the other way around.

    Advice to Management

    Get a handle on what is actually going on. You aren't going to retain talent by treating employees like brainless sheep. People want to work for Crain for its' reputation, don't waste that! Understand what is important to your employees and readers rather than forcing them into what you want.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company in Transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Crain attracts smart and talented people. I work with some great people!
    The office in Chicago has an incredible view of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.

    Cons

    It's publishing, so to a certain degree one has to expect uncertainty and change. In the last 4 months or so, Crain seems to have been hit by a ton of it! Some very high-profile layoffs and turnover at some publications is very high - there are a handful of people who have been there 10+ years and then tons that have been there fewer than 2 years (and they likely won't stay beyond that).
    Business pressure is very high and expectations are unrealistic and often poorly communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Master the things you're good at rather than trying to be everything to everyone in your audience. Also, clear expectations and improved work processes would be very nice.

    Crain Communications Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – Talent Acquisiton Manager

    Thank you for your candid review. As you’ve noted, Crain has a long history of attracting top talent and continues to do so today. The media landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and Crain, like all... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Shrinking benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crain Communications full-time

    Pros

    The company has a consistent focus on doing good journalism. Mantra is that the reader comes first, and that has been consistent for decades.

    Cons

    The company's benefits package used to be excellent, but now it is below average. Profit sharing is disappearing, and it has not been replaced by a 401K, which seems like the minimum that a successful company has these days. Health care costs are rising.

    Advice to Management

    To start, be consistent with the message. Management communication has been all over the place in 2016. For a while, the goal seemed to be to be a "great place to work"-type company, but that seems to clearly have been abandoned in favor of increasing the profit margin. Can there be some balance?


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