SSAB Svenskt Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. bad experience with the local culture .

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Oxelösund (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Operator in Oxelösund (Sweden)

    I worked at SSAB Svenskt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Money :Money is now the only thing that attracts anyone to work in that company.

    Cons

    absolute destruction of their own initiative.

    Advice to Management

    do more to look after their staff capacity


  2. Hire contractors fire contractors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lisle, IL

    I worked at SSAB Svenskt

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are professional and nice. In Lisle it's a quality building and good environment

    Cons

    The IT department is a chop shop revolving door. Beware of promises of longevity many contractors are hired then fired within weeks. Massive turnover.
    Terrible architectural design laws enforced in IT. If you must work with this architecture it is a nightmare to orchestrate. They use Novell and Groupwise. They use personality tests to heavily measure your IQ and competence for employment.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that information and experience is important and try to retain employees.


  3. Buddy System

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Steel Worker in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Steel Worker in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at SSAB Svenskt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits and great pay if you the person that wants to make your bosses rich and you have just enough for what you need to survive this is the Job for you. Bonus has been 75% plus since I been with the company.

    Cons

    -Buddy system when trying to move up, they don't look at what you have done or even your background, you will often have people in charge with a HS diploma and that don't have a clue about the process. The management are all drinking buddy's would have a problem with it if they were competent.

    Advice to Management

    -Let HR do the promoting and leave the Superintendent's out of the process because they only look out for their own friends
    -Need to do anther voice survey soon before all your experience people leave when new companies arrive in the area


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  5. SSAB
    Production Operator
    Primary End
    Montpelier, Iowa

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Montpelier, IA
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Montpelier, IA

    I worked at SSAB Svenskt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Financial Compensation, Health and Medical Benefits

    Cons

    The Employee is very restricted in regards to upward mobility and professional growth. The Management is untrustworthy and abusive. The Workforce is intimidated and submissive. The Management Style and the Hiring Practices are discriminative and nepotistic. I wasted ten plus years here only to get older, nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    Here’s my advice. If you want the company to grow, you must allow growth within the workforce. Allow employees to move up and encourage a professional development plan. Introduce a qualification strategy for the employee to obtain higher income or higher positions of responsibility. Give the workforce personal feedback. Don't hire your relatives, it is called nepotism! Treat all employees with respect, don’t bully them into submission. Trust the workforce. Promote and hire actual supervisors not (relatives or favorites), so if a conflict arises it can be handled properly and without discrimination. Just because the company pays well does not mean the management can be abrasive and abusive to the workforce. After ten plus years I left and found better working conditions.


  6. Too much politics on top floor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy level on operational levels
    In the line functions, people are devoted to do whatever they can to serve the customers
    Excellent working atmosphere in the steel plant in Luleå

    Cons

    Limited mandate in managerial positons
    Too much top-down steering, no empowerment
    Politically infected top floor

    Advice to Management

    Develop the talents you have within the company rather than killing their enthusiasm with politically infected moves


  7. Caster Operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SSAB Svenskt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Limited advancement and no future pay raises

    Advice to Management

    They have their favorites


  8. Stuck

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

    I have been working at SSAB Svenskt

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and Benifits are fantastic

    Cons

    No Growth Policy. Meaning where your hired in as is where you stay any new positions are given to people off the street

    Advice to Management

    Let us move around and grow within the company


  9. Extremely good money!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Utility in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Utility in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at SSAB Svenskt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great money and benefits. Lots of time off with the schedule.

    Cons

    top heavy with bosses and very much ran off a who you know

    Advice to Management

    reward the people who actually work hard and deserve it


  10. Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSAB Svenskt

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Somewhat lower starting salary than competition.


  11. Professional and top notch

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at SSAB Svenskt full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions in Lisle.
    Superior benefits and competitive salary.
    True work/life balance. Overtime for salaried workers is rare.
    Congenial coworkers.
    I thought I'd clarify that they no longer use Groupwise and Novell. Transitioned to Outlook 2 years ago and no longer use Novell.
    Profit sharing.
    Top notch management and executive team in SSAB Americas. I've learned a lot from interacting with them.
    Quarterly employee meetings to explain financial results are very helpful.

    Cons

    Staffed fairly lean but management invests wisely in technology.
    Market for steel plate and coil (SSAB's product) is improving but not quite up there with fabricated steel and tube products. The economy is slowly improving.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to let some of the managers give part of the quarterly presentation instead of the same people. I would also like more training for manager/directors.



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