Schnitzer Steel
2.1 of 5 38 reviews
www.schnitzersteel.com Portland, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

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2.1 38 reviews

                             

19% Approve of the CEO

Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren

Tamara L. Lundgren

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Contradictory, they talk the talk but DON'T walk the walk

Internal Auditor (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIf you get in with the "correct" political people, you can do no wrong as this company demonstrates extreme favoriteism.

ConsCompany is very political and shows strong favoritism.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop blowing your own horns, you are so much less than you think you are.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Prehistoric Company with a Prehistoric Mentality

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

ProsThe company has gone through huge growth in the past 5 years with has been pretty good for investors and executives. There are some really amazing people who try to make the most out of what is handed to them and those who have been with the company a long time seem very loyal.

ConsThere is very little growth or opportunity for promotion. Many decisions are made without the understanding of how it impacts their employees. Tight and unrealistic deadlines keep the machine moving but it becomes very stagnant. There is no sense of innovation or creativity in all aspects of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the amount of work you ask of your employees. It is impossible to expect employees to perform more work they did 2 years ago with half the amount of resources. Work on collaboration and streamlining the different business units. It is unrealistic to keep allowing each acquisitioned company act as its own entity with its own rules.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Schnitzer steel bends and snaps under pressure

Manager of Operations (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Schnitzer Steel

ProsI have been in the industry for 20 years and thought they were a market leader by design in fact they are a leader by luck

ConsThey make a lot of promises and do not keep them, they are at will company, but when convienient they claim oral statements, beware they discriminate against people of color and of religion

Advice to Senior ManagementGet real training in the real world and not feed off a silver spoom

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They Use You Up and Throw You Away-unless you are one of the "boys"

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

ProsSalary is competitive (though it should be for what you have to endure). Benefits are comptetitive with most industries.

ConsIt's not what you know, it's who you know. A toxic environment that thrives on using fear tactics and intimedation. The "good ole boy" system is alive and well......prepare for 70 hour weeks at least. The home-work balance doesn't exist...they own you and when they have used you up, they toss you to the street like garbage. They talk a good game with regards to caring for employees but they will buy more facilities and when the check comes due, they get rid of good employess to pay their bills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Trying to escape from the "junkyard" mentality

Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Schnitzer Steel

ProsSome advanced policy, freedom, and some fun coworkers

Consvery political, clique-filled, and behind the scenes terminations, reassignments and upsets. Competition with outside firms stresses working environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementIts easier to learn the junk business already being a professional than it is to turn a junk person into a professional.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Money-Maker / Bad People-Manager

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Schnitzer Steel

ProsDecent salary/benefits, good name recognition for future employers, and you always know where you stand with management (even if they are disrespectful in how they tell you).

ConsNever in my life have I seen so many unhappy people working at one organization, all frantically scrambling to the top with little or no regard for how they treat others in the process. I am very thankful not to be working there anymore, and I've learned a lot by observing behavior that I never want to mimic. Word of advice to current employees who may be struggling: you are much better off rising above shallow antics, even if it ultimately means you have to leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf 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. This is a recipe for a very unhappy work environment.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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