Ryerson Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • For employees that share and will work toward this vision there are many opportunities for advancement emerging every day (in 7 reviews)

  • Excellent work life balance (40 hours/week) (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Owned by a private equity company (Platinum Equity) that only wants to auction this dog of a company at a profit (in 8 reviews)

  • Ryerson is a private-equity owned company (Platinum Equity) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Ryerson Academy & ISR Role

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time

    Pros

    Ryerson academy is a 6 month training program in Minneapolis brining recruits from all over North America. It is a great opportunity and positions yourself to advance through Ryerson and the industry as a whole. The ISR can be repetitive but as far as a an entry level job I have no large complaints.

    Cons

    Ryerson, and the entire steel industry is WAY behind the times. The way business is done, technology used, the general aversion to change (Ryerson is better then the competition but still behind the rest of the world). Be ready for a very old workforce that is predominantly young and male. The academy is the exception here but even after graduation and being placed you will see the demographic.


  2. forklift

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forklift in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Forklift in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay got paid weekly bonuses were good

    Cons

    Long hours not place for advancement mangament is not helpful

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more hands on with employees and take better care of the long time employees that's been there


  3. Shift Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ryerson full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Great safety program

    Cons

    Hard to get answers from management. Didn't want to listen to employees. No ability to advance in operations.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A once great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    Weak management focused on neither the customer or employees. Once a good company to work for now seems mainly focused on taking from employees.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on service and treating employees as an asset not a liability. Perge the company of Mega-Management egos (Mega East Egos).


  6. Helpful (1)

    Do Not Work Here

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ryerson full-time

    Pros

    Some great characters in the office, along with a relaxed atmosphere. You won't find it hard to make friends at work. Company is genuinely evolving for the better, with soon to be 2 Customer Service Centers (Minneapolis & Dallas).

    Cons

    It takes a lot for the Inside Sales Manager to interact with his employees; don't expect to have much interaction with management at all. On the company spectrum, the business strategy is not being followed as a team; each district office operates the way it wants, without considering the other offices.

    Advice to Management

    Give feedback to your employees on a regular basis (not just every 6 months). Stop letting the office get off task as often, it can be hectic and hard to be efficient with your work. Be collective with your team, playing favorites with Pod Leaders and Supervisors are the very reason why their is an extremely high turnover rate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    No Vision

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lancaster, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lancaster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A once great company name in the market place.

    Cons

    Horrible new management! Their only skill is to cut services to the customer and treat employees deplorably..

    Advice to Management

    Make wholesale changes. Put customer service as an important selling point and treat employees equal throughout the company...


  8. Helpful (5)

    Ryerson

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company possessed a great culture, friendly coworkers, opportunity to advance, paid vacation and health benefits, no micromanaging, encouraging managers willing to be helpful

    Cons

    Limited training, so you must know information about metals, high turnover rate with some employees and team members, wish there was more of a team presence, and stronger communication structure


  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company treats people fairly People are nice and laid back Work Life balance

    Cons

    Since it's a large established company, opportunities to move up might not be presented very often.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Need to Invest in Their Best Asset - Employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health insurance and fair 401K match

    Cons

    Company doesn't fill roles when people leave. They just absorb the responsibilities in other positions. They have the mentality that you should just be thankful to have a job. The pay is average at best and they do little to keep their employees from leaving to work elsewhere. You will never get more than a 1%-2% raise unless you get an offer from a competitor.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and don't treat them like they are disposable.


  11. Current employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People throughout the organization are great - they have a lot of knowledge and are willing to help others develop. Leaders have provided consistent direction for the last several years. Training opportunities exist for those that show an interest. There are opportunities to advance in the organization.

    Cons

    There is not always enough time or resources to accomplish everything you want. Company headed in the right direction and finding ways to continuously improve.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and continue investing in your employees.



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