Nucor Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Pros
  • If you work out in the plant on production the pay is good (in 8 reviews)

  • Pay ,Profit Sharing, Dependent Tuition, (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and some of the jobs require hard work and you have to be aware of your surroundings and be safe and look out for other coworkers (in 5 reviews)

  • Most people commute an hour each way to get away from the location the mill is built in (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Warehouse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was good as long as business was good but if things slow Down they cut your hours .

    Cons

    They work a lot of hours when they are busy and your family doesn't see you. Promotions are based on who you know not what you know

    Advice to Management

    Become more interested in the families


  2. Nucor co. reviewz

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor

    Pros

    Good stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Tough coworkers in some cases others are great.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Education Means Nothing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Position in Norfolk, NE
    Current Employee - Professional Position in Norfolk, NE

    I have been working at Nucor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay for those who work production. Production bonus allows individuals who don't even have a high school education to make six figures a year. This is a highly respected company in the area. Small employee incentives like profit sharing, insurance and educational assistance are very good. Low management structure and the ability to make decisions at the supervisor and manager level are rare in this type of industry.

    Cons

    Education doesn't mean anything. Those who work tradiitional professional roles (Engineers, Human Resources, etc) and have worked hard for a degree are paid half of what production roles pay.The company hires most professional roles straight out of college due to pay and lack of negotiation on benefits. These professionals work for the company for awhile until they get some experience and go elsewhere or move into a production role.

    Don't be expected to be listened to if you aren't at the management level either. Communication and decisions are made without consulting those who will be affected the most. Laziness is not addressed and the solution to this is to hire more people. This is killing Ken Iverson's vision.

    Advice to Management

    Re-read Ken Iverson's book, espeicilly the part about political influences. Some managers are never seen because they are doing things that don't even concern Nucor directly. Stop trying to hide things from your team and let them be involved in decision making, even if it involves bad news. Allow employees to be involved in the decision making process. Don't avoid the issue and address it directly.


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  5. Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor

    Pros

    Good pay. Helpful, productive environment

    Cons

    Did not feel challenged during my experience


  6. Great place to work if you like shift work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nucor full-time

    Pros

    High school education goes a long way

    Cons

    Rural location about an hour from civilization, rampant nepotism


  7. Helpful (1)

    Job is challenging and was rewarding until recently

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No shortage of challenges keeps things interesting. Safety is absolutely the number one item discussed and the least tolerated policy violation, it's that important.

    Cons

    The bonus pay structure is highly unusual for any plant type job. The pay is just under other major employers in the area, but 3/4 of it is production bonus, which means that other plant jobs in the area pay slightly higher day to day, and they enjoy a genuine annual bonus, usually amounting in the thousands of dollars. Our last profit sharing check was just over five hundred, kinda disappointing. Vacation pay is a percentage of normal pay, which discourages people from using it. If the plant stops producing for any reason, employees receive base pay (twelve to thirteen dollars per hour is average for most persons working in operations, environmental, and maintenance). We have been on base pay for a week now due to underengineering of a process component (beyond our control) with no definite date of restarting production. This has caused many of our people to begin seeking other employment opportunities at local plants such as Motiva, Marathon, Occidental, Mosiac, Exxon, Shell, Methanex, and many others in the immediate vicinity.

    Advice to Management

    I understand this is how Nucor has done things pretty much always, but this is not a steel mill. When this plant breaks down, it is usually for at minimum a week, usually longer. Speaking as a concerned employee who thought he would retire with Nucor but has began seeking employment elsewhere, the bonus and the pay are not as great as is touted during the hiring process or at the employee meetings. I implore the management to research the other plants in the area and arrive at this conclusion for themselves. If something doesn't change (which seems very likely since management is unreasonably stubborn on the point of the bonus structure) this plant will most likely become a contract-run facility with little or no Nucor teammates remaining.


  8. Take good care of employees. Treat like family & pull together when one of theirs is having issues. Community oriented.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor

    Pros

    If you work out in the plant on production the pay is good. Safety is the number one thing. Doctor on site for employees and family at no charge.

    Cons

    Inherent dangers of a steel mill, office personnel not paid accordingly in many instances, gone from a place with more injuns than chiefs to just the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Review the pay scale of some of the departments office personnel. Don't hire anymore family members-too much of that at this plant .


  9. Helpful (4)

    It's got its ups and downs

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    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance in Blytheville, AR
    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance in Blytheville, AR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of job activities is interesting. You'll never have the same day twice. Boredom is not something that will occur while you're working. Shift work can be nice, depending on the schedule. 4 days on, 4 days off isn't too shabby. The pay is good, if you're production. The pay is decent if you're a skilled trade. Most of the people on the floor are good to work with, attitudes towards each other are good.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great if you're a skilled trade. The 4 on/ 4 off schedule doesn't include any extra days you may be randomly assigned to work. It also only occurs when manning is full for that position, which based on the first con can be a rare occurrence. There are definite instances of favoritism among advancement opportunities. The locations of a majority of the divisions is not good. Most people commute an hour each way to get away from the location the mill is built in. Vacation policy is poor, 2 weeks for ten years, then a third week until 15 years. Medical insurance is good if you're really sick, or really healthy. Co-pay is high (30%) although the premiums are fairly low.

    Advice to Management

    Reread Ken Iverson's book. Actually follow the philosophies that Mr. Iverson brought to the company that made it so great. Actually appreciate your employees, better known as the company's greatest asset. Realize that while you've been sitting on your laurels preaching how great this company is, other companies have been learning and catching up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mixed bag

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dependents on career path and place of work. Empowerment. Good benefits. Training to do your job well.

    Cons

    Remote locations. Work/Life balance is not good especially for people doing frequent business travels. Career advancement is tricky on certain jobs. Pay is less than average but can be compensated by perks during good years.

    Advice to Management

    Motivation is great but follow thru. Overdependence on hierarchy of communication. Vacation period and pay are outdated, and has to be competitive.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A year as a Nucor teammate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Convent, LA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Convent, LA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The safety aspect and the team work that is expected throughout the plant are great positives about this plant. Opportunity exist to prove yourself and advance up through the ranks.

    Cons

    The Pay structure is questionable for this area. Nucor is used to being the biggest plant in the area, but here the competition is high for good employees. I imagine that we will continue to lose many good employees to other local plants that are willing to pay more and have a more stable pay structure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that if enough people lose faith and leave that the plant will not be able to run without the skilled employees that we currently have. Try to raise overall morale!



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