Schnitzer Steel

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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
33 Reviews
1.0
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Flexable working hours at the corporate level (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Take advice from current employees and look elsewhere for employment

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stock and company falling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Please Ask Around About The Company

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and slaves to the shareholders

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

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

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    If I could give them a zero, I would

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Headed in the wrong direction

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Long-term employees would rather complain than play an active role in creating positive change"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    This is an astounding statement considering the company rid itself of most of the "long-term" (3-30 years) back in 2011-2012 who worked 50-80 hours weeks. Based on the recency of reviews nothing has (ironically) changed with all the newbies.

    Cons

    This company has a pervasive cultural issue that starts with the senior management. The executive staff isn't there to serve the people and make them better as in most progressive companies; it's the other way around. So until that (ironically) changes this company will be at the mercy of glass door and social media pundits in general as well as the increasing Schnitzer diaspora.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This review is meant for anyone who is researching the company; read the reviews and check out the layoffs on Oregonlive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 15, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    First, thank you so much for your heartfelt feedback. As a company that is reliant upon healthy overseas economies we, like many companies, had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure the ... More

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company In America

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

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

    Pros

    None. A big company name on your resume.

    Cons

    Absolutely brutal culture, no bonus, no raise, no promotions. Please stay away from this company as they will try to screw you any ways they can, if you try to leave them. Company has 3 presidents of the Metal Recycling Unit (90% of the revenue) in Last 3 years. Last president quit without any reason according to Schnitzer Steel SEC filings. Shares are trading at a all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think about your Shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 16, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. Yes, we have had three people in that Role in a very short period of time. The first person had been in that role for 7 years, the second had been with Schnitzer for ... More

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies to work for in Portland

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indian to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    This place is poison

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    I guess decent pay depending on who you are and who's your friend

    Cons

    Low moral, the company allows employees to beat each other down mentally they thrive on seeing you struggle, hostile work environment, company is corrupt, ones in charge enjoy belittling others to make themselves look good. The employees that are still their are either waiting to retire or are caught in the black widow spider web that surrounds the place, I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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