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Nucor Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
57 Reviews
3.2
57 Reviews
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Nucor Chairman, President, and CEO Dan DiMicco
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is good, if you're production (in 8 reviews)

  • Pay ,Profit Sharing, Dependent Tuition, (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and work in demanding, often working in hot and dirty conditions (in 5 reviews)

  • Most people commute an hour each way to get away from the location the mill is built in (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nucor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Lab Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Quality Lab Technician in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    If you're mobile, agreeable, and eager to learn then the sky is the limit as to where you can work. Great job security. Great pay when compared to other manufacturers.

    Cons

    If you're not mobile, you can easily get stuck. Rotating shifts are tough on health and family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get input from the front lines before making major decisions that affect the rest of the team. It's hit or miss when it comes to managers actually being in touch with their department.

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

    Education Means Nothing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Position in Norfolk, NE
    Current Employee - Professional Position in Norfolk, NE

    I have been working at Nucor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay for those who work production. Production bonus allows individuals who don't even have a high school education to make six figures a year. This is a highly respected company in the area. Small employee incentives like profit sharing, insurance and educational assistance are very good. Low management structure and the ability to make decisions at the supervisor and manager level are rare in this type of industry.

    Cons

    Education doesn't mean anything. Those who work tradiitional professional roles (Engineers, Human Resources, etc) and have worked hard for a degree are paid half of what production roles pay.The company hires most professional roles straight out of college due to pay and lack of negotiation on benefits. These professionals work for the company for awhile until they get some experience and go elsewhere or move into a production role.

    Don't be expected to be listened to if you aren't at the management level either. Communication and decisions are made without consulting those who will be affected the most. Laziness is not addressed and the solution to this is to hire more people. This is killing Ken Iverson's vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-read Ken Iverson's book, espeicilly the part about political influences. Some managers are never seen because they are doing things that don't even concern Nucor directly. Stop trying to hide things from your team and let them be involved in decision making, even if it involves bad news. Allow employees to be involved in the decision making process. Don't avoid the issue and address it directly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor

    Pros

    Good pay. Helpful, productive environment

    Cons

    Did not feel challenged during my experience

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  5.  

    Good experience and learned a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Metallurgist in Crawfordsville, IN
    Current Employee - Metallurgist in Crawfordsville, IN

    I have been working at Nucor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation: high pay and provided housing. Safety oriented. Many experienced people to learn from. You get what you put into it. Looking for new projects and things to help on makes the experience better and more rewarding

    Cons

    Some mentors did not provide very challenging projects. Significant downtime if one does not take initiative to find more to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good balance of work and outside life. Be sure that mentors are prepared to have interns before they arrive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work if you like shift work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nucor full-time

    Pros

    High school education goes a long way

    Cons

    Rural location about an hour from civilization, rampant nepotism

  7.  

    Job is challenging and was rewarding until recently

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

    I have been working at Nucor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No shortage of challenges keeps things interesting. Safety is absolutely the number one item discussed and the least tolerated policy violation, it's that important.

    Cons

    The bonus pay structure is highly unusual for any plant type job. The pay is just under other major employers in the area, but 3/4 of it is production bonus, which means that other plant jobs in the area pay slightly higher day to day, and they enjoy a genuine annual bonus, usually amounting in the thousands of dollars. Our last profit sharing check was just over five hundred, kinda disappointing. Vacation pay is a percentage of normal pay, which discourages people from using it. If the plant stops producing for any reason, employees receive base pay (twelve to thirteen dollars per hour is average for most persons working in operations, environmental, and maintenance). We have been on base pay for a week now due to underengineering of a process component (beyond our control) with no definite date of restarting production. This has caused many of our people to begin seeking other employment opportunities at local plants such as Motiva, Marathon, Occidental, Mosiac, Exxon, Shell, Methanex, and many others in the immediate vicinity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand this is how Nucor has done things pretty much always, but this is not a steel mill. When this plant breaks down, it is usually for at minimum a week, usually longer. Speaking as a concerned employee who thought he would retire with Nucor but has began seeking employment elsewhere, the bonus and the pay are not as great as is touted during the hiring process or at the employee meetings. I implore the management to research the other plants in the area and arrive at this conclusion for themselves. If something doesn't change (which seems very likely since management is unreasonably stubborn on the point of the bonus structure) this plant will most likely become a contract-run facility with little or no Nucor teammates remaining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The Educated are overlooked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - District Manager in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    Job stability.....you won't get fired. If you aren't educated, don't have a clue what you are doing, but put a smile on your face every day, you have a good shot at management!!

    Cons

    Education doesn't seem to matter with this company. Most often those that are educated are overlooked. Many of the managers don't have any previous experience in the area in which they are managing. This causes difficulty for those under the management. How can management guide you if they don't have a clue of what they are doing.

    The pay scale is standard across the board regardless of the state you live in and the cost of living in that state. Doesn't equal out!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to a person's experience and education. Education is important and very costly. Those of us that paid a lot of money for our education deserve a shot. A person should be promoted based on experience and education not WHO they know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gone downhill... Why do I still work here?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Norfolk, NE
    Current Employee - Production in Norfolk, NE

    I have been working at Nucor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is steady dependable job. Good experience to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Pay not very good.... Promise of more but not realistic.
    Safety is talked a lot but killing 2 people this year is horrible. Guy lost his arm in Connecticut! The company cares about money not teammates.
    Environmental is poor. They just hide it. It is going to catch up soon. Chemicals leaked in ground? No... You don't need to report that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about teammates, safety and stop allowing environmental issues to happen! Containment allowed chemicals to leak? Report it! Don't hide behind lawyers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could have been better

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

    I worked at Nucor full-time

    Pros

    Production workers paid very well and because of some the remote locations could be a good job for office and supporting staff also. In some cases it is the one of the few or only major employer to make a decent wage.

    Cons

    The company feels they are the best thing there is and expects all from their employees making work your life. Benefits are mediocre. Pay even with the bonus figured in is very low for highly skilled and back office staff. Backstabbing is common and being in the wrong clique will likely mean no advancement.

    When doing research be aware that most of the information is based on Ken Iverson's Nucor. That Nucor no longer exists. Open communication is gone, employee empowerment is fading quickly. The new management being put in place are more concerned about their next advancement than taking care of the employees under them. You can see this by their increase in employee turn-over especially in non-production positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Plain Talk" and understand the principles and values that made Nucor great can still be used in today's world. Following along the path because other companies of the same size do it that way is going to lead to Nucor's ruin. They'll be just like any other company and will likely get bought out by a larger company needing to diversify in to Nucor's market. ArcelorMittal comes to mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Take good care of employees. Treat like family & pull together when one of theirs is having issues. Community oriented.

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

    I have been working at Nucor

    Pros

    If you work out in the plant on production the pay is good. Safety is the number one thing. Doctor on site for employees and family at no charge.

    Cons

    Inherent dangers of a steel mill, office personnel not paid accordingly in many instances, gone from a place with more injuns than chiefs to just the opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the pay scale of some of the departments office personnel. Don't hire anymore family members-too much of that at this plant .

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