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Crane Aerospace & Electronics Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people to work with an good company (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people who know what they're doing (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance suffers (in 8 reviews)

  • The Corporation, Upper-Management, and HR have little respect for the employees and view them as generally as a necessary evil (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A stressful enviroment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good for the industry and the quality of the blue color employees is good

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are far and few between, the general policy is to hire from the outside for management or non-manufacturing positions. Little to no mentoring takes place of the employee. The middle management style is to manage from behind closed doors and bury their heads when a problem does arise. Management is also very quick to throw subordinates "under the bus", if they feel it will save their hide.
    As a Supervisor you are nothing more than a babysitter (was actually told that by an HR Specialist). You have no authority, or support to be a Supervisor. You only job is to be a cheerleader and to tell everyone how great of a company it is. HR is also so terrified of lawsuits that they will put up with even the most unproductive,disruptive, and subversive employee instead of dealing with them.
    The Corporation, Upper-Management, and HR have little respect for the employees and view them as generally as a necessary evil.
    Do not expect any support from middle managers when you are trying to do your job, they rarely have enough care to get up from behind their desks


  2. "Finance Department"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Accounting in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close relationships with your location co-workers. Small business feel to your location.

    Cons

    MicroManagement from Corporate Offices that do not know how the division location operates in the day to day business transactions. Ignores or eliminates what they cannot fix or understand. Policies are not followed equally from case to case causing huge issues and inconsistencies throughout. Lack of support from Managers up to the Corporate Management. Lack of communication is a huge issue for this Company and it causes many more errors and situations that could have been avoided. Unnecessary stress is caused frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your employees and acknowlege the good ones - turnaround is harder on the employees than on the Management. Keep your good employees happy and they will fill the voids where needed - give and take by both sides. Appreciation pays off with big rewards for everyone.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Listen to those who know best."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good, educated people across manufacturing and engineering; most have the best intentions for the bottom line.Salary comparable to other companies in area.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs with contradicting opinions.
    Fire drills at every month end.
    Reluctant to weed out the chaff.
    High turnover. Benefits below average.
    Favoritism to those willing to play the politics.
    "Carpet Land" personnel act as though they are better than the rest.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long honest look at the people you have, are they truly keepers or just talk a good game? Promote those worthy. Listen to the supervisors, they know best, have their finger on the pulse and want the best for the company.
    Leaders should ALL get on the same page.
    Better planning to avoid the end of month mayhem and beginning of month lull.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Limited contributions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are considered a subject matter expert they value your feedback and input.
    The people who work at the Lynnwood location have been there a long time and there can still be a community atmosphere.
    Some lattitude in how you can do your job

    Cons

    The organization is so focused on lean operations that they only look at it from an operational perspective. It would be one thing if they were mass producing items but with varied product lines some of the really impactful changes are not looked at because it might require looking at elements that are not just in a manufacturing environment, like lifecycle management, and standardization in design approach.
    Impacts at the local sites are limited as most of the control is held by a parent company.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the total cost of ownership. Consider updating systems and retooling to reduce the cost over the life of the product.

    Let people and sites develop their own goals


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Test Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work which you can see realized in the external world. Work with mostly experienced technical professionals who work hard and take their work seriously.

    Cons

    Company pays lip service in its commitment to be employee oriented. Annual performance reviews seem to be more about providing HR with basis for its actions than anything else. Benefits tend to decrease slightly every year, although this may not be atypical in the current employment climate. Biggest problem is that company is very slow to hire when it takes on substantial amounts of new work.

    Advice to Management

    Staffing requirements should be addressed in parallel with the award of new multi-year projects. PMs have responsibility for outcomes but do not get commensurate authority. No apparent consequences when there is a long history of individuals remaining for only a short time working for specific managers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    will get to work with an exceptionally talented group of people, if they are still there....
    an excellent training ground for the power electronics field.

    Cons

    promotions won't be forthcoming even when well-earned, therefore career advancement will require leaving Crane for more enlightened companies.
    employee turnover is unacceptably high (primarily due to managers' inability to recognize and reward achievements), which adds to everyone's workload.

    Advice to Management

    treat your people as the valuable assets they are and reward them for their accomplishments - it's the only way to address the high employee attrition rate.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "HR Dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    My co-workers and manager are hard-working good people with little senior leadership recognition.

    Cons

    HR is very dysfunctional and rules by bullying and intimidation. HR team thrives on drama and putting people down and keeping them in their place.

    Advice to Management

    Get new HR team and Crane will be a great place to work.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not everyone fits into the same bucket."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Materials in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9-80 work schedule - nice to have a 3 day wknd every now and again

    Cons

    Lack of group knowledge/differences about the different divisions. Not everyone fits into the same bucket. Site believes that fastest way is THE way, even if breaking written policy/procedure.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the 'worker bees' - they know more than you do - give them a chance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management too focused on superficial charts and graphs that they don't do anything with."

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

    I worked at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best things about working here were all about what we were before Crane bought Signal Technology. We had a great bunch of people and enough variation in product lines to facilitate a wide range of experience. I will say that they gave us an exceptional severance package and assistance after they announced shutting down the Beverly facility.

    Cons

    Once Crane took over it was "Our way or the highway". They have their way of doing things and if you raised any question at all you were labeled a "naysayer". Those who pretended to go along became their superstars. Favoritism was rampant. They don't value their rank and file employees. They think all you have to do is put the benches in a horseshoe and everything will work. Their philosophy seemed to be to make the process so simple that you could take anybody walking down the street, plug them in and they could do the job. That shows what a total lack of understanding they have about what the manufacturing process entails and completely demeans the individual talents of their employees. Enthusiasm (faked in most cases) for their programs and blind obedience were the main criteria for success and advancement. Witness the results of Crane ownership in the destruction of the Beverly and Costa Rica facilities, continuing chaos in New Jersey and uncertainty in Arizona. One site was known to drag all the "KPI" paraphernalia into the parking lot and have a destruction and bonfire after Crane sold them. Maybe the rest of Crane is different. They must be doing something right in other divisions to have become a 3 billion company. I'm speaking for the Microwave division.

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to and valuing your employees. It's not all about charts and graphs that you display, collect and do nothing with. Put more effort into marketing and real processes and improvements and make your "standups" more than a dog and pony show. Use all that data to drive improvements and above all look in the mirror when you try to figure out why your employees, in your eyes, don't seem to care.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not much respect for professionals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Lynnwood, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fridays off every other week. There's a few managers who are people-oriented and nice to work with.

    Cons

    meetings meeting meetings, now a bunch of teamwork training because the management thinks professionals don't need any skills except teamwork. Pretty contradictory when you see how the management continually ignores advice from the workers. When a schedule is being created for a new program they don't ask the professionals their opinion about the length of tasks, they just dictate a schedule to you. Don't respect their opinion. Don't even ask their opinion. That's teamwork? No. That is just dictatorship.

    Advice to Management

    management should respect their employees instead of trying to find ways to insult them.


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