Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

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A happy and interesting place to work

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Manager  in  Pullman, WA
Former Employee - Manager in Pullman, WA

Pros

I loved my co-workers at SEL. My supervisor was a smart and kind person who really helped me grow in new areas at the company. I was not sure at first what to think of the employee ownership model but over time realized that it's as good a model as is out there for a company. After a few years I left (my husband transferred to another city and I didn't have a choice) with a healthy nest egg.

The CEO is smart (really smart), talented and pushes hard. He's not going to just roll over if quality isn't right, if we didn't do something right by a customer, and so on. It's that pushing that is part of what has made SEL what it is today. I wouldn't say that it was ever over the top, either, and once you learn why he pushes, it's a very inspiring organization.

If you're a whiner, a "my way or the road" person, don't like to work hard, or can't take direction sometimes this isn't the place for you. But if you want to understand problems and be part of working together to improve electric power, I can't think of a better place. I joke with my husband that I'll leave him some day to go back to SEL. It's the best place I've worked, and I'm not a spring chicken these days.

Cons

There are some quirks at any company and SEL isn't an exception. I will say though that the quirks are part of what I came to love. It's a family and families have quirks. It's what makes a place unique. An example: there is an all company lunch every Friday that is really a business meeting. At first I felt like it was kind of a waste of time, but if you actually pay attention and try to learn, there is a lot to pick up about technology, our finances, new markets, community events and so on. I even presented once. It just took me a while to buy in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It would be nice to have more field office opportunities for employees who have proved themselves. I understand that there has to be good fit, but it would be nice. I wish SEL the best of luck!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer  in  Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Pullman, WA

    Pros

    Very satisfying work, nice area

    Cons

    Very collegey town. not much wrong with this place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is more like a tyranny in which a few managers rule the world and abuse power

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Assembler
    Former Employee - Senior Assembler

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and benefits. That is about it.

    Cons

    Forced overtime; managers that will fire you for anything and call it "company values"; no way to progress; pay is terrible for location; employees have no rights in dispute cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone needs to be fired whenever you have a whiny employee. Believe it or not, sometimes the whiny employee is in the wrong and is really the one making trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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