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Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Learned a ton from the business system (in 3 reviews)

  • Good Pay, Good Benefits, Great people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • lack of training, lack of time, no work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Management is disrespectful, stress level through the roof, no work/life balance, management is never satisfied (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Run away."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Communications Specialist in Bridgeton, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Communications Specialist in Bridgeton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A place to earn while you learn.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, unprofessional treatment, and bad surroundings.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Favoritism at its finest"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Beverly, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people to work with in production but the middle and upper management are the worse people to deal with that I have ever seen.

    Cons

    worked in engineering for 5 years and recently a new "director" took over for the electronics group and as always he has his favorites and craps on everyone else. unfortunately he really doesn't care about anything besides himself and those few that suck up to him. the ethics in the engineering dept. have gone down the drain also in giving the customers bad data and just letting anything go out the door. now that they are closeing the doors on this place they will be keeping a "call center" open for all the customer complaints that will be coming in from the bad parts that have made it out the door in the past couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Bob Tavares and the whole electronics group they are a mess and a losing battle

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Majority of leadership team are incompetent swindlers. Most of what is advertised about the company is a lie."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Easy work. If you are competent and have some prior work experience you will be above most of the company in terms of skills.
    -Multinational company.

    Cons

    -Horrible culture. Crane advertises strong adherence to its values which are about treating people fairly and doing business open and honestly. However, the actual culture is by far the most dishonest and deceptive I have worked at out of 5 companies I have worked at in my career. Advertising of the "Crane Values" is borderline illegal since Crane flaunts these values to attract employees and customers but does nothing to adhere to them. You have good and bad in every company; here there are far more bad than good people.
    -Crane brands itself as a manufacturer of highly engineered products. In the fluid handling segment, there is a complete lack of technical competence and everything was engineered 20 years ago and is now trailing the competition. Current leadership is a group of dishonest sales guy type personalities who will say anything but won't actually do much. Unfortunately there is little cohesion and it is every dishonest weasel for himself. Don't get me wrong, there are some really good people there too. Unfortunately, the culture here is dominated by the bad ones.
    -Bonuses targets are structured so you don't meet them as a corporate cost savings initiative (really).
    -Don't just listen to me. Ask around the industry what people really think about Crane.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Bring in quality people. Actually make a good faith effort to do what you claim. It isn't that hard to have an ethical culture and be capable of engineering new products...you just need the right people.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Riding it out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    wish i could think of them anymore.....remodeled office area , vacation time, 10 holidays, 401k, a few really good bosses and some awesome colleagues if you can find them and stick to them.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke unless you are a new employee. they only want to hire young college kids from the top ten. they give them outrageous benefits that all the long time workers can't get or have just earned. the review process is a joke. you could score great but get nothing because your direct boss doesn't have a say in it. the company works on the fear system. they keep laying off people with experience, the executive staff at MG and Chicago are never happy and want everyone to be afraid of them. the job changes constantly depending on the mood swings of Senior Management. It is all about them making their goals. If you fail to make their goals for them you better start moving on.

    Advice to Management

    Value your experienced employees. Stop brining in the new kids with the same salaries and better benefits. Realize we don't have time for all the meetings about more meetings if you want to make your goals. trust us to do our jobs and stop thinking of new improved ways to do it every month...


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sliding profits and mass exodus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has been around for a long time and there are a lot of business units.

    Cons

    Sliding profits mean downsizing of workers. Corporate people only look out for themselves and do not promote when people are due to move up. HR is useless and untrustworthy. Very little to no perqs and always cost cutting. Noticing high turnover lately and cutting benefits. Not a good environment to grow. Little to no culture except for "me first". Lots of favoritism from managers which breeds resentment and discontent.

    Advice to Management

    You are set in your ways and need to move with the times. Treat your workers better and recognize good work once in a while.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Very High Employee Turnover - Inept Managers and Process"

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    Current Employee - Project Management in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Management in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The few pros are outweighed by the unfair burdens placed on employees.

    Cons

    Managers hid behind processes that have no consequences for success.. No support, and a lot of yelling and screaming on conference calls. Objectives and follow-through are not evident. Executives are out of touch with customers. The end of year review process is a joke and should just be avoided to counter the high turnover. For the long timers it is just a job and minimal effort is put forth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the legacy B.S. because it is not practiced by executives nor is it inspiring. More of a joke.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Crane offers better than average pay for the admin staff (golden handcuffs).

    Cons

    Crane can pay well because they combine two or three positions into one and pay 20% more to the one. This is not a good environment in which to learn and develop future staff. They rarely hire from within.

    Advice to Management

    In the Fluid Handling Division, flatten the organizational structure. Remove most of the CPE division management level. Most of these managers don't add value. With the money saved, hire the engineers, analysts and technicians that are truly needed.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "High Turnover"

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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. full-time

    Pros

    Will give good resume building opportunities

    Cons

    Because people have lost confidence in the leadership there is high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Change the top leadership


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Enron of the manufacturing industry, except less innovative in schemes"

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

    I worked at Crane Co. full-time

    Pros

    Small-time feel.
    No formalized structure.
    Lack of protocol or processes allows certain freedom if you sell ideas

    Cons

    Lack of management focus.
    High probability of frequent financial misconduct at upper management levels
    Corruption
    "Old boys network"
    No real organizational commitment to goals.
    Excessive propaganda and too much misconduct.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the corruption before the SEC on other government entities catch on and investigate. Too many innocent people will suffer as a result.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Nightmare CEO"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Crane has one of the best Business Systems in the fortune 500 but not the talent or leadership to properly execute it with the lost of Tom Perlitz who was in charge of corporate strategy and the development of the Crane business System...

    There some very interesting businesses here...

    Cons

    The CEO is a nightmare who uses intimidation and fear to motivate employees... He doesn't listen to his executive teams and is threatened by anyone who challenges his ideas or authority... He is an ex-automotive executive who thinks simplistic business models apply across all businesses regardless of channel or market... He behaves one way in front of the board and is a nightmare to deal with one on one. He h put the health of several executives at risk. He is very jealous of others success and competitive with those that work for him and talks constantly about his legacy with his inner circle...

    They only target to be in the top 50% of pay and they work very hard at the corporate level to minimize pay of their employees...

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade with a modern CEO with understands to value of people and the complexity of running a successful diversified... Move to a more modern culture of respect curiosity and sound business models...


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