Nucor

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Nucor Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
61 Reviews
3.4
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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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  1.  

    Job is challenging and was rewarding until recently

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nucor full-time (more than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could have been better

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    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    • 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 .

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's got its ups and downs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance in Blytheville, AR
    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance in Blytheville, AR

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

    Pros

    The variety of job activities is interesting. You'll never have the same day twice. Boredom is not something that will occur while you're working. Shift work can be nice, depending on the schedule. 4 days on, 4 days off isn't too shabby. The pay is good, if you're production. The pay is decent if you're a skilled trade. Most of the people on the floor are good to work with, attitudes towards each other are good.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great if you're a skilled trade. The 4 on/ 4 off schedule doesn't include any extra days you may be randomly assigned to work. It also only occurs when manning is full for that position, which based on the first con can be a rare occurrence. There are definite instances of favoritism among advancement opportunities. The locations of a majority of the divisions is not good. Most people commute an hour each way to get away from the location the mill is built in. Vacation policy is poor, 2 weeks for ten years, then a third week until 15 years. Medical insurance is good if you're really sick, or really healthy. Co-pay is high (30%) although the premiums are fairly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reread Ken Iverson's book. Actually follow the philosophies that Mr. Iverson brought to the company that made it so great. Actually appreciate your employees, better known as the company's greatest asset. Realize that while you've been sitting on your laurels preaching how great this company is, other companies have been learning and catching up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Recognized for job well done

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Convent, LA
    Current Employee - Clerk in Convent, LA

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, advancement opportunities, praise for job well done, safe, family oriented

    Cons

    pay for non-production employees could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people super work ethic, but a cover your back side has been a number one priority.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawfordsville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawfordsville, IN

    I worked at Nucor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super pay, good chance for advancement, but can be a dangerous place to work.

    Cons

    The 12 hour shifts can wear on you, and the environment isn't the greatest, and more and more you get the feeling that management is looking over everyone's shoulder. They have even installed cameras to catch people doing things wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to go back to the values that made this company great. We have become big steel, and are doing the things that they have proved doesn't work. What's next? Unions?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Finance

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent organization to work for, share in the profits, good salary, plenty of room for advancement, basically left alone to lead and get the job done

    Cons

    Advancements may come by re-locating to another division, it's not a 9 to 5 job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    empowering and extremely dynamic

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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 Nucor full-time

    Pros

    working hard and willingness to move is all it takes to achieve the american dream. and this is the company to get to the dream!

    Cons

    vacation and time in-lieu is terrible. hard to score a work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

    • 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

    Pros

    Dependents on career path and place of work. Empowerment. Good benefits. Training to do your job well.

    Cons

    Remote locations. Work/Life balance is not good especially for people doing frequent business travels. Career advancement is tricky on certain jobs. Pay is less than average but can be compensated by perks during good years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivation is great but follow thru. Overdependence on hierarchy of communication. Vacation period and pay are outdated, and has to be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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