Gerdau Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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Gerdau President, CEO and Director André Bier Gerdau Johannpeter
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  1. Great company and benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Sayreville, NJ
    Current Employee - Management in Sayreville, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and generally a positive work experience. Allowed to run my own area with mostly occasional supervision. Still employed but very cyclical industry.

    Cons

    Some hysteria happens during difficult times. Can be quite demanding now allowing for good work / life balance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Detailer/Estimator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rebar Detailer
    Current Employee - Rebar Detailer

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good work is recognized with fairly common or substantial pay increases.

    Cons

    Like most engineering type jobs the cap is achieved rather quickly with no where to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe read a single management book. Try being a leader and less of a manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Fantastic!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time

    Pros

    Team Dynamics, Leadership, Company Values and Goals

    Cons

    Premature Contract Cancellations, Financial Budgeting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Unprofessional dictating management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Ok pay, ok benefits, paid vacation, retirement

    Cons

    Some management are uneducated, mostly the ones that were grandfathered into the positions. Horrible raises, too much favoritism, arrogant management, no room to advance, benefits are slowly diminishing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better raises and better opportunities to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  7. Great company going through a tough time in its industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rebar Fabricator in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Rebar Fabricator in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Gerdau full-time (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent opportunities, employees' safety is priority

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. Napoleon complex? Please apply

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    • Senior Management
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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
  11. Great company with good benefits and friendly coworkers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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