Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
31 Ratings

Pros
  • Good Benefits, good employees and fun work (in 3 reviews)

  • Corporate culture-It is never easy for a 100 year old company to change, but Schnitzer is taking the steps necessary to make the changes (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Much of the Senior Management staff and outside buyers don't have college degrees (in 3 reviews)

  • They also try to make you fake being happy when the upper management comes through (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Going Down

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, for a while anyway. Pay was great, people were better. Enjoyed the customer interaction.

    Cons

    Price of scrap dropping caused everything to plummet. So many layoffs that it became a pretty depressing place to work. Lots of empty promises. So much money wasted on perks that they have to take money out of employees pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely none. You wouldn't listen anyway. Only concerned with the bottom line. Realize that the people matter. And don't tell people to contact their "HRBP". They barely ever bother responding.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Clean house starting at the top

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The yard is centrally located and it is easy to get to and from work. Also, they usually provide you with a hard hat and a vest for free.

    Cons

    Whoever has the job to reply to the Schnitzer Steel comments must be bored out of his mind! Constant reply to contact HR Business Partner is hilarious. Easy to say at corporate skyscraper but in yards we distrust our HR Business Partner more than any one in the whole yard. Tell him about problems or safety risks and we’ll likely be fired soon..

    Many posts said to review other comments and I listened b/c job searchers need good comments from people who work at the yard
    1. After all the reviews on this site it would seem it's your own fault for deciding to work there, putting up with the ridiculous hours, lack of support and disrespectful environment only to be shown the door.
    2. Do your underlings a favor and either quit or retire. Please. Chairman of the board.
    3. It's not what you know, it's who you know. A toxic environment that thrives on using fear tactics and intimedation.
    4. There is simply no direction from the top at MRB. They are all long time buddies sitting on top of their thrones doing nothing.
    5. TO THE BOARD OF DINOSAURS: Like Mr. Potter in the movie, "It's a wonderful life." As crooked as you are, your employees will find a way succeed no matter how much you steal from them.
    6. If this is how you want to run your business, fine. But you need to understand that if you don't treat people with respect and kindness, then all the respectful and kind people will leave and you will be left with a quagmire of unhappy people, motivated by fear mongering.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever your gut or intuition is telling you do the opposite! The company is now run by management that have never worked in a scrapyard. Maybe if that changes we will start to make money again.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Horrible! Worst company I have ever worked at.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good location for transportation and competitive salary with a small bonus, but the nasty depressing culture that exists overwhelms any positives.

    Cons

    Very negative morale, nasty management style with no positive corporate culture. I have never experienced a company like this where most people were outright miserable.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Get out fast before they lock the doors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

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

    Pros

    Great hard workers who need jobs and are being told all is ok.

    Cons

    The upper managers CEO and CFO are making way to much money for what they know or do. The Oakland yard is a place that breeds people who don't take of the workers. GM not out to help the workers. You may see him out of his office only 10 minutes a day.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top, CEO and CFO. Then dump a few GM's and managers under them.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Apr 15, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your comments. If you have not already, please contact your HR Business Partner to discuss your concerns.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Take advice from current employees and look elsewhere for employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The pay, but in the end not worth a terrible work environment. Management continues to speak of investment in employees while they continue to do layoffs and routine organizational changes resulting in zero stability and zero confidence from employees.

    Cons

    Almost everything. Human resource management completely contrary to what the title stands for as is CEO's 'dedication' to those that work here. Her management style directly reflected by senior and junior management staff resulting in depressed, unhappy and unmotivated morale.

    Advice to Management

    Change everything. Make the investment in your people. Most importantly, listen to your employees- we're unhappy here. Time to do something about it.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Mar 31, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your honest review. Though painful to read, it's important for us to hear. With that said, have you discussed your concerns with your HRBP? We encourage you to do so. The only way we ... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    Stock and company falling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Metal Grader, Weighmaster, Welder/Fabricator
    Current Employee - Metal Grader, Weighmaster, Welder/Fabricator

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

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

    Pros

    I have been told by hr that we have good life insurance.

    Cons

    As the Senior Human Resources Specialist said, “The challenges of the market have limited the bonus pool over the last few years.” They are right since I only got a lousy $.30 raise this year. What makes it worse is that our CEO made over $11 MILLION DOLLARS this year! My boss said we all received small raises b/c our company was doing badly. But our CEO got a $5.5 million bonus. I agree with other reviews about the good old boys club with the company. Also it’s suspicious that when the company began replying to posts that is the same time when there were 5 star reviews! Too bad Schnitzer Steel doesn’t spend that time helping employees rather than weird attempt to improve there rating!!

    Advice to Management

    Someone who made $11 million dollars would not listen to me.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Mar 31, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    First, thank you for commenting. It is true we are dealing with market conditions that are less than favorable, and yes that does affect all aspects of the organization.
    Second, there is no
    ... More


  8. Helpful (10)

    Please Ask Around About The Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    We Get a Discount on Some Stuff

    Cons

    Take three minutes and review comments from current and former employees before applying. I have been here for seven years and atmosphere has progressively deteriorated. Schnitzer had a strong operational group when I arrived but as people said two presidents left multimillion dollar job without another job lined up. Think about how bad your boss and job would have to be to walk away from millions.

    Multiple media outlets highlighted that our CEO lives in Portland, Oregon and that makes sense since headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. Employees know that is untrue and the ceo lives here on the east coast.

    Question for the company - Does the CEO live in Portland?

    To summarize, with any corporation management sets the tone at the top and at Schnitzer there is a lack of ethics and appreciation for doing the right thing which trickles down to every level of the company. High turnover and CEO approval rating on this website is representative of those facts.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Poor management and slaves to the shareholders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues.

    Cons

    Office culture is toxic. Training is nonexistent. Executives are miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to start at the top. It used to be a great company but short sighted management continues to only focus on their next bonus, not what makes a company thrive.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Jan 16, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your response. Whether a current or former employee, we would greatly appreciate a meeting to discuss your concerns.


  10. Helpful (8)

    If I could give them a zero, I would

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Big company, fairly good benefits. Might look good on a resume, unless someone is familiar with the industry and with Schnitzer's tactics.

    Cons

    No raises for the minions who really do all the work. No advancement unless you are part of the IN crowd, the political parasites who know how to B.S. Horrible management. Terrible treatment of the employees who are apparently of no importance or significance to these bloated managers. Really a mess, in general. People hate showing up at work, from management on down, and that is obvious to everyone. So much grumbling and complaining, and mostly from the ones who do nothing and have all the benefits and bonuses. They are the ones who have it all, get it all, and don't have to worry about losing their jobs. The rest of us just shut up. Five years there, and I have yet to see a pay raise. Oh yes, I did get one for $.25 in 2013. Wow, aren't they generous? The CEO gets millions in bonuses all throughout the year, and is generally hated due to her lack of etchics, caring, and the job she is doing. Lower echelon employees are expected to hold the place together, while the managers cut out early, are accountable to no one, get to declare all kinds of bogus reimbursable expenses, and are treated as if they poop gold. I could go on forever, but basically it is a very depressing atmosphere, both physically and emotionally. Avoid it like the plaque.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Start at the top, and work on down. Stop promoting people just because they are your buddies, or because you don't know what else to do with them. Fire them, just like the lower end jobs get fired all the time if they can't do the job.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Jan 16, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your honest review. While it is never easy to hear this, it is important that we do. If you are willing, a phone conversation with an HR representative in Portland would be greatly ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    Headed in the wrong direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many of the people I worked with were wonderful, hardworking people.

    Cons

    Top management does not understand the business at its most basic level. The CEO can't tell aluminum from stainless so she relies on the opinion of others. There is a good ol' boys club patting themselves on the back and protecting each other from being exposed as the frauds they are. Compensation and promotions are based on who you know and who you are related to. If you have ever worked for Naparano then this is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Tamara, you need to clean house. Just because they are nice to your face does not mean they are your friends. Don't trust anyone. Do your own due diligence. Get out of your NYC office and talk the manager, find out what is really going on.



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