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Crane Co. Reviews

Updated October 2, 2018
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Crane Co. CEO Max H. Mitchell
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Pros
  • "You really can learn a lot from the executives as they are very accessible and are willing to help and even talk about certain projects with you" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Relaxed atmosphere, average pressure, good people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "A group FHG president who has no concept of work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Diverse staff means difficulty in company culture building" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    Very Awesome place to work

    Cons

    There are no negative's working here


  2. "Performers get rewarded"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    middle and high potentials get opportunities to grow within company relatively quickly. Great continuous improvement culture.

    Cons

    Lack of process surrounding employee development

    Advice to Management

    focus on employee development. Continuous Improvement must be driven by the culture and reinforced by upper management. In recent years, it seems that CI initiatives have fallen by the wayside.

  3. "Good company overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    Good management, not too bureaucratic

    Cons

    Work usually ends up being about/over 45 hr/wk


  4. "bd manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good culture, people, team, and work

    Cons

    slow career movement, location can be better


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Be Prepared to Follow Orders"

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

    I have been working at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    They leave no doubt as to what to do - it is handed to you and then spoon-fed weekly, monthly and quarterly.

    If you like strict dogma and razor clear direction on almost all aspects of your job - you will LOVE this place.

    They have a very serious and effective approach to employee safety.

    Cons

    Absolutely no individual creativity, discretion or innovation is permitted or tolerated. Any and all actions that are not from the CEO and his team are stomped out and those who do not comply are belittled and embarrassed sometimes publicly.

    They communicate a lot - but it is all downward - there is little tolerance or appreciation for upward communication. Extremely hierarchical organization. The culture is one of aggressive arrogance by the core management team.

    They "manage out" those who do not fit their "profile" -and please understand it is a narrow profile. For those who do not know the term "manage out" - it is used to describe a way to avoid paying severance by inducing people who are redundant or a poor fit to quit by making their lives miserable and intolerable.

    Most decent companies agree to part terms amicably with poor performers and move on.

    They make a big deal about the RT Crane resolution ( a business code of ethics) - but their interpretation of the words in the resolution are clearly on the margins. They read the resolution and it is posted everywhere. Like other codes of conduct - it is meaningless without proper implementation.

    Their benefits programs saves the company a lot of money but places an inordinate amount of risk on the employees. Their health insurance is at or near the bottom of any large company - but it does save money for the company.

    Employee relations is an afterthought and not a cost of doing business within Crane Co.

    Advice to Management

    Live your ideals. Centralization of all thought is what causes the no-growth problem that you have. Decency is not a sign of weak management.


  6. "Signal Hill, CA / Site Closing"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Signal Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Signal Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crane Co. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    $ , lack of leadership & resources forces one to innovate

    Cons

    leadership - kicking the can down road instead of providing support for meaningful solutions. Lack if intestinal fortitude to correct systemic recurring issues with people & processes. old boy network. Line managers motto in correcting across the board issues has been to delay...delay...until they go away / give up!! Speaking up is not worth the consequences one pays in doing so.

    Advice to Management

    why bother.....


  7. "Be careful when you pick your poison"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crane Co. (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are an worker that can stay focused on "it is just a job" then you can do no worse. Many extraneous situations (internal & external) outside your control will impact your work each and every day. If you can leave all those problems behind each and every day, then you'll be OK.

    Cons

    From the top down, managers act like they want to know the water is dirty. If you can't get the team involved don't dare to go above their heads. You won't last long and HR will be contacting you for a meeting. I have seen managers let problems fester and linger to the point where they dismiss it when called out, and blame you for it. In short, the culture is very very bad. HR is not your friend.

    Advice to Management

    Why even try.

  8. "Good for short term"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crane Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Process driven but no processes at place


  9. "Business Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    Great Global Experience in a company

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and lack of telling the truth to leadership

    Advice to Management

    Pick leaders that will tell the good and the bad.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Micromanagement, Demoralizing Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crane Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance if you can wait it out to be the last man standing when everyone around you leaves.

    Cons

    Extreme micromanagement in FHG
    A group FHG president who has no concept of work life balance. He is not human. Routinely holds "meetings" with leadership teams at businesses for 12-15 hours straight with no bathroom breaks and delayed food. Never asking whether people can stay in meetings till 8 or 9 pm.
    Drops insane workloads and revisions on presentations 1 day before due forcing all nighters for the team to satisfy his demands.
    He demoralizes leaders in front of their teams to try and prove his points.
    Completely demotivating and leaves destruction everywhere in his wake. Requires complete team rebuilding after each meeting with him.
    Incapable of recognizing excellent work and effort with a 'Thank You'
    Phony and completely self serving. "Sells" people into roles that they don't want that don't live up to his promises, so that he doesn't "lose" them to Crane Aerospace, another division President. They eventually catch on and then leave Crane entirely.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to senior leaders about their management. 360 would be incredibly insightful. Though you probably already know this given all the people that have left his teams. I personally know at least 5 people that have left because of him even though they couldn't feel safe enough to say it.


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