Gerdau Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
30 Reviews
3.4
30 Reviews
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Gerdau President, CEO and Director André Bier Gerdau Johannpeter
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  1.  

    Operations Front line leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time

    Pros

    Jacksonville employees work hard, care about their performance and quality, and care for one another. Good teamwork still, but has declined in past few years with different structure.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very poor now. Shrinking head count, more work from changing schedule, lowering morale and causing people to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the value of "Excellence wit Simplicity" that seems totally lost now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company going through a tough time in its industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Driven by family values; solid and stable career has been the history

    Cons

    Changing environment in industry is calling for tough measures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company!

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    Current Employee - Rebar Fabricator  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Rebar Fabricator in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership is good they care about their employees and benefits are great!

    Cons

    not really any cons except for slow during winter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunities, employees' safety is priority

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Beaumont, TX

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time

    Pros

    Company provides excellent opportunities to grow from within. Hourly employees generally start out as a laborer, but can quickly advance into other roles with higher pay. Monthly bonus is excellent, with targets very attainable, and often exceeded. Management pushes safety as top priority, with a good balance of production and EBITDA goals. Most people seem to work together very well, working as a team to reach targets. Excellent safety record, especially for the steel industry, going several months and some plants years without a lost time injury. Company awards employees for new ideas that improve processes or saves cost. Real feeling that when each employee succeeds, entire company succeeds.

    I've worked for a few steel companies in my career, and this one is by far the better of them. Realize that production goals and the companies bottom line are just as important as safety, they go hand in hand. If you want a job where you can simply show up and get paid for doing nothing, this is not the company for you.

    Cons

    Pay lower than most petro/chem companies in the same area, so turnover can be a problem. Sometimes the drive for safety is not communicated well enough to hourly employees, giving the impression to some that production goals are more important. Typical issues working with various personalities and union environment, but better than most of the steel industry. Not sure all employees/union are onboard with company culture. Limited community involvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between supervisors and hourly employees. Find a way to get the union onboard and work together. Need to improve community involvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Napoleon complex? Please apply

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time

    Pros

    N/A - well I guess they don't really expect much out of anyone, so if you just want to collect a small paycheck and get a 1.5% merit increase...

    Cons

    yes men advance - if you have any independent thought forget about expressing it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they won't listen anyway so why try

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with good benefits and friendly coworkers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits package and opportunity to grow within the company.

    Cons

    Work has can has it's lag time but that is the nature of the business for the majority of the time plenty of work to go around.

    Recommends
  8.  

    no advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau

    Pros

    dealing with outside vendors was good

    Cons

    First union job ever worked on, as a supervisor the union was not supportive

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but need to replace management in the Vidor, Tx location.

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    Former Employee - Operator  in  Vidor, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Vidor, TX

    I worked at Gerdau full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has good monthly bonuses

    Cons

    Management in very narrow minded with one thing ...Production

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a Employee Friendly Company, Petersburg Virginia Gerdau

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    Current Employee - Production Helper  in  Petersburg, VA
    Current Employee - Production Helper in Petersburg, VA

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good bonus, Vacation is decent, they do have some nice benefits and you have the opportunity to meet some very hard workers and make some great friends.

    Cons

    The Gerdau Petersburg Virginia Plant care nothing of their employees, most managers are uneducated and very narrow minded. They have the belief, do as I say not as I do. Their Human Resource department is more like In Human Resource, they do not fight for the employees they work with the managers, who they socialize with. They do not listen to the production employees. All they want to do is look good to the community by signing up for all these community activities while treating their employees like crap. There has been many occasions of my years working here that I have seen of them actually violating employees rights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think most of the managers should be looked at and those that lied on their application about their qualifications should be fired. Why not ask the employees who actually do the job what are the best changes that need to be made in their department instead of asking managers or facilitators, or office personal what they think should be done in their department and they do not know the employees jobs or how to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits and Tough work

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    Former Employee - Production Helper  in  King George, VA
    Former Employee - Production Helper in King George, VA

    I worked at Gerdau full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Safety is #1. Great benefits

    Cons

    Harsh work environment. Work is in a steel building with no A/C.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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