Gerdau MacSteel

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Gerdau MacSteel Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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    Good Entry Level Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Jackson, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Jackson, MI

    I worked at Gerdau MacSteel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and learn from. There was always a chance to pick up an interesting project and learn new things. On the corporate side, the company values the safety of their employees. They take great pains to provide a safe working environment, which is necessary in a steel mill.

    Cons

    There seemed to be opportunity for only moderate career growth. Opportunities for extended growth seemed to only be available if you move to whatever mill that corporate required (which aren't in the most desirable places to live). Also, at my mill each employee is doing the work of about 4 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people.

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

    The management has no clue as to how to maintain a weekly schedule.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau MacSteel full-time

    Pros

    The money is some of the best in the area.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge of working here is having a life outside of here.They want you here 24/7 and they don''t care if you are married, have children or not. No paid holidays off except Christmas day and New Years day. Just plan on being there the other 363 days of the year. They tell you that they have paid holidays, which is true. But they schedule you to work almost all of them. Too many other cons to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees as you would like to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advice

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Quality in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Quality in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Gerdau MacSteel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay for area, successful company with global reach and opportunity. Evolve with market, innovative and structured very open to employee engagement and change. Safety is #1 top priority.

    Cons

    Meetings take management out of the game. Management experience is not best utilized. No management on off shifts. Works well for motivated employees, exploited by not motivated employees. Creates a push you, pull me relationship for middle management.
    These experiences are specific to my location. A non union culture was introduced into a union setting with mixed results. We are limited on employee head count where other facilities are not. This creates the overworking of middle management, do more with less. Poor moral and a recent turnover rate that is uncommon to the shop, which has been in business for 30+ years. Many employees have been with the company since the start and those who are management have been forced into positions unfamiliar to their skill set and well.......we know what poor evaluations lead to.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your experience, don't force it out. Reduce the redundant meetings. Put at least one to two supervisors in place on the off shifts.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilitator in Jackson, MI
    Current Employee - Facilitator in Jackson, MI

    I have been working at Gerdau MacSteel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gerdau cares about it's employees, and the communities that their operations are in. Pay is very good with the variable incentive, benefits are competitive, and the people are friendly.

    Cons

    Constant change can be a challenge if you're not someone who can adapt to new situations. Gerdau is constantly evolving and striving to be better so if this isn't you, then look somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to get the best people in the right places

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Support Technician in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Field Support Technician in Fort Smith, AR

    I worked at Gerdau MacSteel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company has a future, if you can get hired on, the Union will back you and the benefits are great

    Cons

    They don't care about those that work there. IT department is backwards at best. Have a lot of Contractors working for them and they are there because they can get rid of them whenever they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, but getting too bureaucratic of late

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MI

    I have been working at Gerdau MacSteel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, good co workers

    Cons

    Becoming more interested in management reporting than making steel and serving customers. There is a tremendous push to complete all of the management systems work, but there are not enough people to do it all. Some new initiatives such as shared services do not seem to have been well thought out. If I now have to fill out a form and submit to another something I used to type directly into the system - how does that save any money?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the endless metrics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    H.R Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gerdau MacSteel full-time

    Pros

    It is a medium sized company

    Cons

    The culture is very old school type and closed; not a git for new generation employees as you would suffocate to death. You have to say"yes boss' to everything. Management wants schmoozing all the time; they do not care about performance. Bosses are very dictatorial and authoritative; too much power distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up people ; this is the 21st century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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