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Crayola Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, great brand with a strong purpose in the world (in 8 reviews)

  • Good work/ life balance, not a lot of overtime (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • They preach an idealized corporate culture but they really need to have a clearer picture of their identity first (in 2 reviews)

  • Hallmark is the parent company and they handpick the CEO and CFO in order to make sure their interests are taken care of by Hallmark people (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Operations office staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Office Staff in Easton, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Office Staff in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere; flexible work hours; good people; decent benefits and ok salary; fun products to work on; interesting work; never boring

    Cons

    Heavy workload; lots of useless & unnecessary work taking up too much valuable time; lots of emails; lots of going back & forth with little decision making; top level employees get away with too much and lower level employees do most of the work; unfair profit sharing payout among different levels

    Advice to Management

    Look more closely at the employees who always cause problems at team meetings and clean house.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Brand-Focused CPG, Nice Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great brand with a strong purpose in the world. Good company mission. Focus on moving people around the organization for development.

    Cons

    Definitely a strong focus on product, product, product and rapid push to market. Not much consideration for resources required to bring everything to market or impact on teams work. Heavier investment in some areas of the company versus others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ask tenured and experienced people in the organization for what needs done. Flashy answers from a new hire or someone with prestige aren't always the correct answers.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Crayola respects diversity, has a casual feel, and is for kids."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telecom Coordinator in Forks Church, PA
    Current Employee - Telecom Coordinator in Forks Church, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have good benefits, a casual atmosphere, a respectful culture model, diverse, are community oriented, have generous wellness incentives, a pillar of the community.

    Cons

    Politics can get in the way of progress. Sometimes the challenge to get clearance to work on projects is frustrating.


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Unfortunate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are nice. Pride in the Crayola brand is evident.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity. Culture is taught but not followed, don't share your concerns in a conversation. Advancement is perplexing as employees are pawns in a poorly played game. If you do great work, you are rewarded with more work.

    Advice to Management

    Pare down the egos, it's stunting the potential for growth. Develop your employees and respect them and their intelligence. Try advancement for those who are deserving. Practice accountability. Recognize the potential around you and reward those who are deserving instead of those who aren't. Lead by example for better results. Learn from your mistakes.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Crayola Values"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Easton, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crayola full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun place to work, values and ideals were similar to my personal values and ideals

    Cons

    1st shift was good co-workers cooperated with each other well, values and ideals were expressed through their work ethic. 2nd shift, co-workers are more solitary, not willing to help others. There are some on 2nd that do uphold the values and ideals, unfortunately most of management and some others were self-serving.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. A good manager wont ask an employee to do something they will not or have not done themselves. If you see someone struggling, go help, it may inspire others to do the same.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Hallmark rules"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Big Brother (Hallmark) is very strick with their rules.

    Advice to Management

    Try to push back


  8. Helpful (6)

    "dehumanizing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Processor in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Processor in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Goid employees in Manufacturing production levels give up alot of personal time to get the job done

    Cons

    No respect for tenured employees they rather promote laziness to management then the workers that get the job done

    Advice to Management

    Make a positive difference when you take a position of authority don't fall in line and become part of the problem


  9. "The Crayola Store was a fun place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TCS Part Time/Seasonal Sales Clerk in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - TCS Part Time/Seasonal Sales Clerk in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team atmosphere, fun products. It's Crayola!!! What's not to love

    Cons

    Ideal if you're a college student looking for part time work. Unless you're management, you're not going to get to full-time status. If you're not in college or, for instance, a stay at home mother seeking part-time work, it's not ideal for a main source of income.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Crayola Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analytics Intern in Easton, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Analytics Intern in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crayola (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very great atmosphere, awesome place to work!

    Cons

    There is nothing bad about this company, besides the low pay for interns. But is expected from a small company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership micro-manages...a lot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Easton, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Easton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crayola full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand. Great people. Great passion.

    Cons

    Leadership micro-manages...a lot. Marketers don't really run their own businesses any longer. Very demotivating. Trying to bring a classic CPG mentality and acumen to this business...again. It has failed numerous times before and most believe it will fail again. This is simply a different business model. Much closer to the toy business vs Classic CPG. Leadership also goes back and forth over the wall when making a decision. Leadership is also very short sighted at times. Lastly,it is a very flat organization. Very limited room for advancement past Product Manager level.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people! Let them do their jobs and make strategic decisions for their businesses. At the very least, let them partake in the strategic process. They know their respective businesses better than you.


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