Steelcase Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Wasn't a good fit for me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steelcase full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I was able to work directly for the company vs. staffing agency

    Cons

    Didn't know that the job was seasonal. Long hours...

  2. Helpful (4)

    The steelcase wood plant is a joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Caledonia, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Caledonia, MI

    I have been working at Steelcase full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    As of right now it's just the hours but not the same in every area

    Cons

    Worst pay ever. They favor the steel employees. The most common problem here is two people will be doing the same job but one is making 3 dollars more an hour just because he came from steel. A lot of the work is relied on the lesser paid employees. There is ALOT of (management, engineers) constantly walking around coming up with stupid ideas because their told hey think of something new for this area. Then their gone. Salary is getting raises yearly, the workers haven't received a raise in over ten years. The late policy now is a joke. You could literally lose your job from being a total of 6 seconds late

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your butts, lose a lot of useless overhead, quit supplying zone leader with the Internet, 20 plus bucks an hour to sit there and read the news and go to sites all day is a joke. The hr department is useless now. They fight against you the majority of the time when they should be neutral

  3. Helpful (1)

    Company says they are big on diversity but that is no where near the truth

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Steelcase as a contractor (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and innovation on products. Company promotes department collaboration and team work. Well known company in the industry. Efforts are there to promote and increase employee morale but because the company is so big sometimes you feel a bit lost in the sauce.

    Cons

    Large company with a very small company mentality, not always fair to employees especially contract employees, not all departments strive to be innovative and up to date on their way of thinking and addressing goals or problems. Training was extremely rudimentary. Little autonomy in position. People who work for this company are primarily individuals who have worked there for a long time and so the environment is very clickish and not very welcoming to outsiders (they act like you might take their job or something).

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  5. Decent Company to work for but plant closures every year

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Grand Prairie, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall benifits.
    Advancement opertunities are available if you are in the corporate office.
    Corperate offices and positions are well paid and have great benifits.
    Relocation available when plants are closed.

    Cons

    Plant closures and layoffs are a continuous possibility. Very poor management of local plants.
    No Advancement opertunities in local plants. All management positions are filled from corporate or outside.

    Advice to Management

    Provide local management that will work together with production workers and each other. Frequent conflicts between local management causes confusion for workers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Company has changed significantly since I started.

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    Current Employee - Field Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Steelcase full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people around the country, decent support system, surprisingly interesting industry

    Cons

    New hiring profile is now in place which is very different than when I started, so a different type of sales team is being hired. New organizational structure which doesn't make sense. Takes a long time to get anything done. No one is held accountable, no one takes full responsibility. Time is spent filling out reports for upper management, not selling.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with your teams. Quit making more spreadsheets and mentor your teams.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Just like working at Lockheed Martin...really crappy management looking our for only themselves...!

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Steelcase full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Industry leader...lots of good folks...

    Cons

    Self-centered management...low pay and bonuses...

    Advice to Management

    We're all just waiting for you to self-destruct.

  8. Helpful (2)

    used to be real nice; major changes in the last several years has driven the company downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Steelcase

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People overall are great; many experienced dedicated employees put forth a good daily effort.

    Cons

    Management, to put it bluntly, sucks. Older workers (35+) are being tossed out the window while they hire inexperienced, cheaper college interns or recent graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Focus is on money and money alone without apparent regard for dedicated employees; change that.

  9. Authentically Corporate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Steelcase

    Pros

    The product line offers a decent opportunity for young design professionals to develop their creative acumen. Locally, it's a friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Employees are marginalized by a management group with substantial egos and insincere initiatives. You will be reminded almost daily that your counterparts in Kuala Lumpur are paid far less than you... Share holder value is king and the impact globalization may have on domestic salaries is quietly relished. The rhetoric is typical corporate hype...

    Advice to Management

    None. The focus is on share holder value and that's just the way it is at Steelcase - Coalesse, period.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Once upon a time

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Steelcase full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a very good place to work

    Cons

    Asia business is in the red, layoff is imminent
    High turnover of capable local management staff (lack of opportunities given)
    Top executives overspending, negative ROI
    Too many expensive expats who does not understand local business practice

    Advice to Management

    Layoff of local employees does not help reduce expensive expats cost & spending
    Focus on emerging market (Asia) but downsizing the workforce?
    Becoming too hierarchical and hush-hush in communicating changes

  11. Helpful (2)

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steelcase full-time

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    There are some great people dedicated to your development

    Cons

    Stagnant "that won't work" or "we've tried that already" culture
    Limited resources

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