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Great Place to Work

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Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Portland, OR
Current Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR

I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

Pros

Growth, Compensation, Supportive Management, Bonus Plans, Benefits

Cons

Slow to come onbaord with advances in technology and social media.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees are seen as just another resource to "burn & churn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    It is a well known name in the Portland community and therefore looks good on a resume. It's a good place to gain some experience and then take that skill set elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management would rather have a lean headcount work 50-60 hours a week than spend money to give their workers a normal workload. Most employees can't take time off.
    Would rather hire talent from outside than develop talent inside the company.
    No sucession planning - jobs are created in silos that don't feed to any other positions so there's no growth opportunity.
    Company culture promotes gossip & back stabbing to get ahead.
    Promotions & raises are earned by who you know, not how hard you work.
    Ran by right-wing executives who still think it is the 1990s (uses old technology and refuses to open benefits to domestic partners).
    Absent Executive Leadership - CEO lives in New York and doesn't have a presence in the corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting your vision being clouded by dollar signs. Invest some money in upgrading your technology and developing your people (hire more people!) and you will stop losing talented staff (and may actually be competitive in the hiring market).

    Tamara - visit your corporate offices (both Yeon & Montgomery Park) more often and actually TALK to staff (even those you think beneath you). John Carter, when he was in charge, made regular trips around the office just saying hello to everyone. It makes a difference in worker morale when you think your CEO actually cares.

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

    The have and have nots

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    You can make good money and have growth opportunities if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Cliques and too right wing, little regard for the people doing the grunt work with execs buying new cars and off on elaborate vacations while cutting people at the yards. More about growth and glory than about taking care of the people in the lower ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the salaries you're probably paying you could get a whole lot better talent in the leadership ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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