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Steelcase Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
106 Reviews

3.8
106 Reviews
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Steelcase President, CEO & Director James P. Keane
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment is exceptionnal, good support from upper management (in 15 reviews)

  • Well respected, good values, leaders walk the talk, good processes and work life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Limited cross-functional opportunities for field sales staff who do not want to relocate to Grand Rapids Michigan or another major sales market (in 5 reviews)

  • For someone who craves big city life, working at the global HQ in Grand Rapids, Michigan will likely cause culture shock (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    No job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    It's a job
    Nice furniture

    Cons

    Management is very poor and makes terrible decisions without know any of the facts,
    No job security. any day they can call you into an office and say bye bye

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get all of the facts before making decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are a "Yes" man, you will fit in just fine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent benefits, not much else to brag about

    Cons

    Top management forces you to work under threat of firing you or doing away with your job. Management is "always" right and you are always wrong, there is no trust. I learned that you cannot trust your immediate boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People in Michigan are not better than people from other states.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Steelcase review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Kentwood, MI
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Kentwood, MI

    Pros

    I can't think of any. Pay is below average, full time employees are treated unfairly. In the 80's the employees were treated with respect and treated as family. Steelcase was good to me back then, but corporate greed took over and destroyed this company.

    Cons

    Temporary employees are treated better than full time employees. I had 34 years of service and was driven out by temporary employees who mad half as much as I did without benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you forrgot who got this company to where it is today. Your longtime dedicated, hard working employees. Not temporary employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steelcase used to be a great place to work, now it is one of the worst

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Caledonia, MI
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Caledonia, MI

    Pros

    Pay is ok
    Production employees are nice
    Benefits are ok, but not great

    Cons

    Management makes changes only for the sake of making a change.
    They take something so simple as making furniture and complicate it so thy can justify keeping their job.
    Every year our health insurance covers less, but we have to pay more
    After you reach te top of your payscale there is no incentive to do a good job, and it shows
    Very low employee morale
    Our pay has not risen with the cost of living
    Management does not follow company core values
    All experienced employees are leaving company for better companies
    High employee turn around, Steelcase used to be one of the top companies in Michigan to work for, now it just another job until you can find something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees like they are important to the company and not just another piece of equipment. Stop changing things that are working and listen to the employees that tell you where changes need to be made. Stop managing with threats of job security...........

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

    Working in a shrinking company

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Egalitarian culture

    Cons

    No personal growth
    Absolutely no reward for performance
    Low pay for skills
    Constant layoffs
    Shrinking industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you need results you need to start rewarding performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Steelcase was a great place to work, over the past few years management lost interest.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Steelcase furniture has a great reputation, the compensation is good and maybe better than others in the same industry. They have great facilities.

    Cons

    Great place to work these day IF you are a "YES" man. Top management DOES NOT want to hear bad news. Terrible employees are shifted around from location to location. One particular top VP manages the plants by Threat! Over the past 5 years they have spent millions, yes millions, shutting down perfectly good and profitable plants "to save jobs in Michigan" quote from a manager in Grand Rapids. Answer me this: if a plant is profiting millions per year, why would you spend millions to remodel the place, terminate all the knowledgeable employees, bring in Steelcase people from other locations that know nothing about the product or culture so they end up destroying the plant, then spent more millions on closing the plant, dropping the quality products and moving the products to other locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are eating yourself from the inside. Listen to the people at lower levels, the ones that will be honest, don't terminate them for the truth. Shutting down plants outside of Michigan to save jobs in Michigan is not helping the bottom line or the investors. Stop the cash flow that is used to save jobs in Michigan, the cash flow for dead end projects, and the YES man mentality. Of course now it's too late to stop shutting down some of the great plants that you had, out of real stupidity. Yeah, I was one of those that was basically terminated early because I fought for what was right and would have saved the company money. I was honest and therefore let go early because I did not agree with most things going on and my own boss in Grand Rapids was the main "back stabber".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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