- Crain Communications, Inc.20.Mar 2018
It was a large company and still felt like family. I never had a problem with any person I came across with. The bosses were there to talk to and I saw the president of the company quite a bit and he was friendly to all his employees
Support from management
I was in a department within a newspaper, so I wasn't part of decisions, maybe the bosses were. But we were given updates to things effecting us.
I don't know about the other ends of the company, but I worked in the data center and everyone seemed to work together well.
Freedom to work independently
Being in the Data Center I worked within the group and on my own, depending upon what I was working on.
When I was there we got regular updates and think it was 4 times a year they did town hall meetings (and if you didn't go they sent you an email with the highlights).
If it wasn't half and half women and men it was close. Don't think there was any difference between a woman or man on a beat, just who wanted it.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I don't know. There were so many different departments, what happened in the newspapers might not happened in sales or finance or customer service. All I can say is I was there 20 years, and my position was eliminated.
I didn't have anywhere to go within my department (unless my boss left), I could've went to another department. The reporters they change beats.
Overall compensation for your work
When I was there thought I was paid decently. It wasn't until I went elsewhere and saw the salaries elsewhere that I realized I was probably 2000 less than similar office jobs.
Office / Work Environment
When I left it was. I don't like lights over me and they took out the lights so it was darker for me. I was one of the few people that had no lighting over their desk but the lights nearby were quite enough.
I had a recycle box by the printer and they came around and collected it. They had bottle/can boxes for drinks.
I never thought about it but the starting times were relaxed when I was there. Reporters worked from home, and I heard some of the support positions are working from home now, but that's second hand knowledge.
I loved it. The people were friendly, the work interesting.
Depends where you were in your career, and your position. Like many companies it seemed some of the people with seniority were the ones who had their positions eliminated.
On my floor there was two handicapped stalls. There is elevators and ramps to get into the building.
It was an office but they had the defibulators on each floor with people that could use them.
My position had challenging work, always something to learn. I was proud of what I accomplished, and remember this job fondly.
Inclusive / Diverse
They did a survey each year about your thoughts. And if some of the ideas were good, they put them into effect
Suggestions for improvement
- This could've happened by now, but it would've been nice with their insurance if they gave us a choice of deductibles ... Higher monthly pay for lower deductibles.
What I like about the company
I liked the people and the work I did as both were interesting
What I dislike about the company
Nothing sticks out.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyCrain Communications, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee