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  1. "AMAZING LEARNING OPPORTUNITY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cramer (More than a year)

    Pros

    LUNCH, the people, management truly cares about interns and wants them to get the most they possible can out of the internship. Learned great skills to help me exceed after graduation. Felt included in projects and like I was needed. Upbeat and welcoming environment. Highly recommend!!!!

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Understaffed, Unorganized, Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Norwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of talented people. Great for networking since so many people come and go.

    Cons

    Children of original CEO now running the company. Low pay. Layoffs when slow of people who have dedicated years there. Little involvement of upper management directly in departments. Even if you do manage to get promoted, you aren't likely to get decent compensation unless you are family or friend of family. People leave and positions don't get filled. Constant turnover. Always training someone new. Clients projects get passed off like hot potatoes to whomever is in the building. They are tailoring to millennial workers with a building refresh. Looks cool on the outside, but inside employees are working with 7+ year old machines and trying to push them to newest technologies. Like to hire young, right out of college, train them, then lose them to other companies. Like the logo shows...like to cut corners.

    Advice to Management

    Get the family dynamic out. Pay fair, reward hard work, get management that can manage and motivate. Don't just promote people who are there but not qualified all to save money.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "great experience with challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cramer full-time

    Pros

    great opportunities to learn storytelling across a wide array of media
    smart, creative and nice people

    Cons

    If you are not into corporate events, probably not right for you. While they have digital and strategy groups, there is no longer rewarding/challenging work in these areas


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Low Pay, Bad politics, disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cramer full-time

    Pros

    Good lunch, cool projects and clients, good benefits

    Cons

    Low pay, disorganized, dishonest, greedy family

    Advice to Management

    Give better raises, be more honest and considerate, hold employees accountable for their responsibilities


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting, supportive"

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    Current Employee - Creative in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Creative in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experimentation, friendly, variety, large scale shows

    Cons

    Creeping stratification, bred more developers.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to flat structure. Avoid top heavy management. Pay jr. Employees industry standard wages and avoid annual turnover


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cramer is a great place to work, but you won't coast."

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Technology in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Technology in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At Cramer you will wear many hats, you will get to work on great projects, the Martin family is great they respect and appreciate your contributions, you can make things happen if you put the effort in. The people you work with are all incredibly, brilliant, humble, competent, sincere and hard working.

    Cons

    Cramer runs a lean ship, sometimes project scope creep means longer days but you are afforded good work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    When this review was written there are some challenges in certain groups which have affected morale try to find those whom are struggling and work with them to support.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "SWEATSHOP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be allowed to "own" projects. However, Cramer's definition of "owning" a project means you are solely responsible for meeting an unrealistic deadline promised by Sales - with little to no resources or support (See Cons).

    Cons

    Chronically Lean Staffing.
    Rapid turnover caused by low pay, poor morale, and no work/life balance have all resulted in an inability for this company to retain employees or to staff projects adequately.
    Flexibility and working from home are also discouraged by Senior Management.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a reason to stay.

  8. "A great place to work, you will learn a lot and work hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, nice people
    Can't say enough about the people. You will learn a lot and grow if you work at Cramer. Culture is fun, dynamic and hard working

    The Martin Family
    It's a family run business and although they are not without their flaws the Martin family is a caring, loving, generous bunch. They have put family members into roles they may not be suited to, but generally they all work hard and try to learn from the professionals they hire.

    Senior leadership, president Rich Sturchio
    he is honest, incredibly smart, creative, fair, charismatic, nice, hard working. Tries to know and get to know everyone in the company. A great man for sure.

    Can do attitude
    "Give a dam, get it done" is the mantra here, and everybody tries to live it. Work can be chaotic and challenging at times but that seems to be true everywhere I work.

    Diverse expertise
    Hard working culture
    A good idea can come from anywhere

    Cons

    Diversity
    I don't think it's intentional because mangers can hire whom they want to, it just seems like there is no cultural diversity

    Staffing challenges
    The way staffing works at Cramer can be challenging, there is no bench to handle spikes in work. Ends up on the shoulders of those who do the work. When senior leadership of digital marketing left, they were too slow to hire or didn't replace and it slowly died.

    Sales team
    I don't have a ton of expertise with sales organizations but I think there are only a few bright spots on that team.

    Compensation is on the very low end

    IT can be spotty, needs an industry pro to step in.

    Advice to Management

    I think they need to revamp the leadership of the sales team


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people - Cool building - Fun work"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Producer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of smart people who are passionate about their work and clients. The vibe is good and very collaborative. The types of projects are really cool. Summer Fridays. Great food. Jam sessions on the loading dock. Stuff to do nearby with the new Westwood station.

    Cons

    Some positions require a lot of traveling (but at least they are to 5 star resorts and international cities.) Need to further develop consistent processes.


  10. "Cramer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cramer full-time

    Pros

    Great work, great management, great people

    Cons

    out in the suburbs, upward mobility somewhat limited due to company size


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