Schnitzer Steel Reviews

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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contradictory, they talk the talk but DON'T walk the walk

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    Former Employee - Internal Auditor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company is very political and shows strong favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blowing your own horns, you are so much less than you think you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Prehistoric Company with a Prehistoric Mentality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Schnitzer steel bends and snaps under pressure

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    Former Employee - Manager of Operations  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manager of Operations in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    I 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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get real training in the real world and not feed off a silver spoom

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to escape from the "junkyard" mentality

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Some advanced policy, freedom, and some fun coworkers

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Money-Maker / Bad People-Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Decent 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).

    Cons

    Never 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 ManagementAdvice

    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. This is a recipe for a very unhappy work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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