Ryerson

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Ryerson Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
79 Reviews
3.4
79 Reviews
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Michael C. Arnold
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Review Highlights

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)

  • owned by private equity who treats it like their piggy bank, they get everything employees get nothing (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryerson

    Pros

    Small teams made for a close knit culture that helped create collaboration and efficiency. Open floor plan worked well for this as well. Reasonable work expectations; you're not expected to be there 60 hours a week. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Seems to be slow opportunity for advancement and it's tough to get a job there without a few years of experience. A lot of positions opened up due to employees leaving while I was there.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great First Internship!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryerson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the tight knit community because I was working on a relatively small team. That made projects and communication flow well.

    Cons

    The office culture could improve with a little time off during the day for big events such as the World Cup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a very average company to work for

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

    I worked at Ryerson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large global company, major player in the industry
    Average salary range, some good perks
    Moving in the right direction

    Cons

    Poor HR dept - no training, performance eval is ineffective, too many policies
    More interested in cutting costs than improving the business
    No career development
    Poor financial track record, which means bonus is almost non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The summer was a whirlwind of activity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Ryerson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall this internship was very exciting.
    You'll do something new everyday.
    You spend time in every part of the company and gain real world experience.
    Work on multiple projects that will be used by management (some while your there).
    The people there are interesting and fun, and most are friendly to interns.
    You get to practice your sales skills with out calls.
    Management gives you all the resources you need, and does their best to find it.
    You are working in the Southern HQ so you get exposed to more areas of the business than in most other locations.

    Cons

    longish hours (8-5 everyday) with bad traffic commutes.
    A lot of the days get very crazy and hectic.
    data is sometimes repeated and incomplete.
    some employees don't respect interns or ideas (most employees are very friendly).
    Ryerson is split by SAP and AS400 systems so some communication between the systems is difficult.
    A lot of the time it comes down to money and sales as the answer.
    Sometimes it felt a little disorganized or unplanned, but that's business, and this was the first time Atlanta had interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Steve Garrett around.
    Look at other areas than sales to find solutions to the problem.
    Definitely bring interns back next year.
    Love the pay, but possibly find a good housing option for out of area interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of moving parts and a lot of potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Carrollton, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Carrollton, TX

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

    Pros

    As an intern/new employee this Dallas facility is very accomdating. I witnessed quite a bit happen through the course of the summer and watching how the management and inside sales reps accomdated for this was very nice. Definitely a welcoming place to work. Management was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed working in the Dallas office. No complaints about the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Seems as if this industry and this company find their bread and butter around employees who have been the industry for quite some time. Not necessarily the worst thing but over time they need to focus on recruting young and up and coming college students. But with the new Ryerson Academy that is designed to train new employees/college students I believe their will be a shift in the company for the better soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate administration tasks of sales reps so that their job is 100% committed to sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ryerson employees and management have been the absolute best to learn from in regards to exploring the metal industry.

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are reliable and are a joy to work with. Upper management shows a good understanding of industry and have taken the steps neccessary to remain as an industry leader.

    Cons

    Provide and allow for employees to express their desire to move up within organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide and allow for employees to express their desire to move up within organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall good experience.Everyone is welcoming, easy to get a long with.Definitely have a lot of room for improvements.

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

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty good wage.
    Project team is knowledgeable
    Room to be a part of and grow with the company

    Cons

    The company needs more guidance from upper management, better corporate structure. The company as a whole has a lot to learn as far as standards and safety. Big disconnect between upper management and warehouse crew.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and take care of your crew. They know a lot and work really hard to make this company money. Work together with them as a team and surely they will respond positively. The problems that hinder the efficiency, workflow, and productivity and ultimately profit, are much larger than, isolating machine operators. This is a "us" vs. "them" mentality and does nothing but continue to place blame. It is a matter of other operating and management deficiencies such as poor inventory accuracy, lack proper tooling availability and quality, morale, structure, reliable equipment and SOPs. As for the warehouse workers they need to be more accepting of criticism and advice because management is only trying to make them better operators. This may seem a bit blunt but this is the reality of Ryerson. I truly do hope that I was able to impact the company and the people in a positive, purposeful, and profitable way as I hope to see this company grow, develop, and prosper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Inside Sales Rep

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

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time

    Pros

    good industry experience, job teaches you multi-tasking and prioritizing. Ability to move up in the company if you aren't laid off.

    Cons

    The company is cheap at times. Some facilities won't give you the resources to do your job. There is a lot of pressure and stress in this job. You spend way too much of your time in sales doing administrative tasks, in which there is limited time to be selling. Bottom line is, they only care about the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. . Be fair with them or they will go to a competitor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Growing company working thru tough economy.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, growth, experience, education, bringing in new technology

    Cons

    Drama, management not always interested in developing potential. Leaders need to learn cooperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to run everything on a shoestring.

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

    When Plantinum Equities bought Ryerson they gutted the business. Got rid of half the employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I don't have to deal with the insanity anymore.

    Cons

    Like working in a third world country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Platinum Equities needs to get out of the metal business. The only thing they care about is the profit margin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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