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Crown Equipment New Bremen Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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New Bremen, OH

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James F. Dicke II
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Pros
  • Great people with great work ethic (in 8 reviews)

  • Crown is a family-owned company that values employees, development, design, and community (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth or advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • Also, being located in New Bremen has it's pros and cons (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent, stable company which is still family owned. Opportunities for advancement if you work hard. Safety oriented, excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Benefits are pretty poor, especially for families where both spouses work here. Pay raises do not offset the rising costs of health care, making it difficult to afford. Bare minimum for vacation/pto/maternity leave, no in house child care.
    Also, being located in New Bremen has it's pros and cons. It's a great place to raise a family, but it is very difficult to move into this area if you aren't "from here". This has nothing to do with Crown, it's a small town mentality, but I can see why people don't stay. If Crown wants to retain the young employees they are recruiting from other areas they need to try to engage them in activities/friendships outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    What Crown's upper management believes the culture is and what it actually is are two different things. Conservative values are excellent, but they can also put you in a box. Try some things outside of that box and see what happens, I think you'll be surprised.


  2. "Great Owner But...."

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People over projects...good. Capital money mostly...good. Some TERRIBLE leaders, but the owner and his family awesome.

    Cons

    Cronyism and nepatism at every level...it is who you know not what you know.

  3. "designer"

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    Current Intern - Designer in New Bremen, OH
    Current Intern - Designer in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Equipment as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and nice paid

    Cons

    quiet town, hard to find short term rental


  4. "Great company, great people, farmtown"

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Equipment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Crown cares about it's people. There is a big emphasis on training and self improvement. Lots of opportunities to learn. The pay is fine for a starting position. Never had personal issues with coworkers.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. The area is standard small farmtown and the company owns most of the buildings and businesses in town. If you don't like that atmosphere, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring the same kind of people that you have so far.


  5. "Great place to work but watch for bad managers."

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in New Bremen, OH
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crown Equipment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, schedule, educational opportunities, coworkers were great.

    Cons

    Some supervisors and group leaders run their shift on a buddy system that runs thick. If you're a good employee but not in their group, it will be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees who have legitimate complaints about group leaders or supervisors that could benefit from leadership training.


  6. "Good Company, but Culture is Inconsistent and Lacks Direction."

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    Current Employee - Professional in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Professional in New Bremen, OH
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Systems were pretty good. A lot of growth opportunity in Mfg, and Branch. Pay is solid. 40 hours, no more. They support many families and take care of a lot of communities. Safety was paramount in manufacturing, and you have to respect that. Crown makes a quality, long lasting product, and their commitment to that branding is exceptional.

    Cons

    The culture consisted of discipline for everything an employee did not do right. This was stifling, and ultimately resulted in resentment toward management. No promotion of coaching in some facilities. $180 bi-weekly for an HSA plan with a $4k deductible...pretty bad. No profit sharing or bonuses. No real consistent aim communicated down from senior leadership. Many processes and leaders just seemed that they were stuck in the 1980's. A lot of Fat in this place, and problems are just kicked down the road. Rather than swiftly terminating someone who is inept or is hurting the culture, the company just pushes the problems around the tri-county area.

    Advice to Management

    The place is so big and overgrown, that I would not know where to start. Some of the leaders are great, and then the next one would be better off released.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Mistake of my Life!"

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    Former Employee - Advanced Quality Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Former Employee - Advanced Quality Engineer in New Bremen, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got paid for doing little to no work

    Cons

    Everything, hired to provide technical expertise to new product line/launch. Ignored and given meaningless task to perform to appear busy. This company has no concept of how to design and develop a new product. Repeatedly ignored because I had more experience than the inept managers, made them look bad, incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "Crown " culture, it is out dated and out of touch with reality. Read the reviews posted on this site. Lots of good feedback on how to improve your business.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Equipment full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity of movement
    Care about employees
    Location (NBO) is a perfect area to raise a family
    Great People
    Facilities are well kept and safety is top priority
    Family owned

    Cons

    Subpar Benefits - minimal vacation, holiday bonus, and medical compensation
    Slow project movement
    Behind the times in dress code & offering flex time

    Advice to Management

    Define roles better to prevent confusion. Leadership is too involved in the actual work that they should entrust their teams with.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Average at best"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in New Bremen, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the workers on the floor and in lower level management are great to work with. The plants are clean and safety is stressed throughout. As an employer the job is pretty solid, not too many lay offs.

    Cons

    Upper Level management can be bullying at times. Almost hostile at times when it comes to small things. No real incentives to floor workers. Unequal treatment to different workers is a huge problem. Salaries to floor workers have stalled over the years...small increases yearly that merely get absorbed by insurance increases. 401k isn't anything great, although there is a pension plan.

    Advice to Management

    In the late 90's Crown was THE place to work...wages were well above average and insurance was great. There were actually people waiting to get in. Over the years it has become an average factory. Average salary and below average insurance. Now they have to do radio ads, billboards etc. to try to get people to apply...because the workers tell outside people how it is there and to go elsewhere...the arrogance of Jim III and upper management is sickening. Treat everyone else the way you expect to be treated...you are not better than anyone else.


  10. "Love it!"

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    Current Employee - Zone Leader- Drive Component's in New Bremen, OH
    Current Employee - Zone Leader- Drive Component's in New Bremen, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crown Equipment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Very laid back and plenty of room to advance! Wish I would of started sooner.

    Cons

    None, can't think of any thing and the only reason I'm saying this other than nothing is this app has a 20 word minimum for the "cons".

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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