Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

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Passion for Quality

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Current Employee - Lead Hardware Engineer  in  Pullman, WA
Current Employee - Lead Hardware Engineer in Pullman, WA

I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time for less than a year

Pros

Intense focus on product quality. Very through design reviews. Team is confident and engaged with a bit of good natured rivalry. Interesting and diverse technology and work experience. Very strong culture. Accepted to the Fortune 100 best places to work on first attempt.

Cons

Need to step up the investment in new test tools.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Grow the organization at all levels outside of Pullman

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good work culture and ethics

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Pullman, WA

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot. All the company employees meet on Friday for the free and delicious Friday Lunch. Located in peaceful, relatively less crowded town or city.Good place to raise up family. Zero crime city.

    Cons

    It's located in a small town, where there are not many places to go to have fun. Winters are very cold, really cold. Lots of winds and intermittent light rain. Bad place for singles (if you are in your thirties).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I was a worker bee

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Sometimes corporate hands out random bonuses. Free lunch on Friday, though it isn't always 'up to par' as far as food goes. Employee stock ownership (but to say employees actually own the company is a faux pas). They usually can work with you if you have some kind of special schedule need.

    Cons

    Low pay. If they can afford 4 corporate jets and offices around the world, they can afford to pay the people on the floor more than $10 an hour.
    An 'at will employer'. Basically they can fire anyone they don't like, but you can quit anytime as well. I knew 2 people who were fired because their supervisor would complain about them to HR and 'document' the 'problems', put them on an 'improvement plan', and then the first slip-up, they were gone. Another colleague was not allowed to switch shifts because of a perceived 'quality issue'. Things like this are just completely asinine and show the level of ineptitude in bottom and mid-level supervisors/managers.
    A huge gap between salaried and hourly employees. When I say gap, I mean both in pay and general respect. "Oh you work in manufacturing" = you are automatically seen as an outcast compared to others. No cell phones on the floor for worker bees, but anyone else is not questioned about it.
    The only reason this company made it on to the Best 100 companies is because of all the non-manufacturing, salaried employees that do nothing but push pencils across a desk and get paid for it. Of course they will think it is a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the gap between salaried and hourly employees. If you look at statistics on the "Best 100" website, the average pay for an hourly employee is something like $26,000; a salaried employee makes about $99,000. That is just ridiculous. We are human beings, too. If you give higher pay to those on the floor, those doing all the actual work for the company, morale will greatly improve.
    Stop growing. It seems you have outgrown your britches. If anything it needs to be downsized. You'd think with all the relays and things that are shipped everyday, there would be enough of these to cover the world by now. At some point in the future there will be no need for this companies products. What will happen then? In that same vein, the price of products should be slightly increased, and these funds should go directly to employees.
    I tried to get the VP of manufacturing to endorse a 4-day work week in order for employees to have more time off (3 day weekends), and his reply to me was something to the effect of 'A company growing this fast just can't handle a big change like that'. That is complete hogwash; there is some underlying political reasoning behind it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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