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Crayola Reviews

Updated October 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "Crayola provides a great work environment where employees are able to learn on the job" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Descent benefits; fun products to work on; most co-workers are good employees and helpful to work with" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of communication between groups a lot of times and things get lost in the mix" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Not all work areas support work/life balance" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "My favorite color is purple!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are willing to help you grow if you put forth the effort. Take the bull by the horns and manage your career. Most people want to see the company succeed and become better to grow and drive our business.

    Cons

    For those that don’t and are just riding the wave, the grass probably isn’t greener elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Culture drives results


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Stressful Working Environment (10-14 hour days)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Operations in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Descent benefits; fun products to work on; most co-workers are good employees and helpful to work with

    Cons

    There is zero work-life balance; salary doesn’t compensate for the number of overtime hours needed just to stay on top of job responsibilities; too many meetings leaving little time to read and answer emails, company won’t replace workers who have left, leaving their workload to be dumped on remaining employees who are already working between 10-14 hours a day; forget about taking vacation and not looking at emails...welcome back to the office with thousands of unread emails waiting for you; upper management just yesses you to death but doesn’t actually do anything to improve workload or acknowledge your hard work; salary sucks when you sit down and figure how much you are really earning vs the number of hours you are working; certain employees with bad behavior are not reprimanded while other employees (who are hard workers) get terminated for no good reasons other than for the company to save some money; there is so much wrong. it’s just bad. I feel sorry for the employees still there and dealing with that crap.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen and learn how much detail and work is involved in what your employees are doing on a day to day basis so when issues arise you know what direction or next steps would be useful to help them solve any issues. Sometimes mgmt doesn’t understand or want to understand the process or who/how things get done. They just want the problem to magically go away. Don’t assume your employees jobs are easy and all they need to do to fix a problem is to “do this and do that”. Most issues take time to get things in order and back to a smooth sailing situation. Mgmt thinks using their tactics to the problem will result in an instant solve. It’s OK to mentor; it’s actually welcomed, but suggested solutions need to be realistic. Most employees go to work wanting to do a good job and be successful. They should be acknowledged and rewarded. Crayola/Hallmark will keep loosing good employees if they don’t smarten up and recognize the stress everyone is under.

  3. "Great place! Just a little behind on technology"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Feels like family.
    Great pay for the area.
    Casual work environment.

    Cons

    The office hasn't been updated since the 80s.
    IT infrastructure is from the 90s.
    Most employees are retiring and the company favors them over the young.
    Vacation policies could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Be progressive!
    Help the younger employees to help bring you into the new millennium!
    Keep it fun like you always have!
    Take a few more chances...


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Information Technology"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None, anymore...

    It's been said that this was one of the nicest companies you could ever work for back in the day. Some saw this change, or morph into the rat-race it is today.

    Cons

    Nothing but management and personnel troubles beginning after, or near, year 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Your IT Department was driven into the ground. Morale is non-existent as well as any form of team spirit.

    You did this! You let it all happen--after you brought in some of the worst managers ever to take the helm of IT. The word despicable doesn't come close to covering it...

    Like the signage in any danger zone:

    Stay out, stay alive!

    In this case:

    Stay out, stay sane !


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can ingratiate yourself with the right people you can "work from home" every single Friday, especially if you are female.

    Cons

    Currently outsourcing and destroying the IT department. The IT department managers are some of the most repulsive characters you will ever meet in your life.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Terminated after decades of employment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay was above average and the benefits were good. Most of the employees were easy to get along with.

    Cons

    In a nutshell, the management team is awful. There is no loyalty. There is also a big lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t treat the employees like they are just another number.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Crayola full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people at Crayola are creative and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Underpaid for the experience that I came in with and was not given the opportunity to promote or move within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees concerns and take them seriously.

  8. "Business leader"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Leader in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Leader in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous potential for the brand. A handful of solid contributors who,do,the lions share of the work

    Cons

    Dump the toy mentality and business processes, it will drain the company dry.


  9. "Marketing Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Easton, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Easton, PA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Crayola full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people and culture there.

    Cons

    No upward movement for interns still in school.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crayola full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, innovation happening in product development, hiring from within for new positions is favored meaning room for some good lateral movement

    Cons

    Rate of progress can be slow, sometimes departments are too siloed