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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
41 Reviews
1.5
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people getting lost in the numbers

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, Good pay, Great people

    Cons

    Pervasive culture of the "Haves" and "Have Nots", Difficult to grow when executive management is only concerned about their own conflicting agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff where it is required, not where the most trouble is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Truly mind numbing

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Promotions are readily available to those interested due to the high turnover environment. During most of my career there were openings at every level somewhere in the country.

    Cons

    The culture is absolutely brutal. Goals are set arbitrarily with the exception of those in the inner circle. Then when goals are not met, blood is quickly shed. You might be a great performer in another organization, but when you're set to fail there can only be one conclusion. If you do not think it will happen to you...well then ask to see their turnover statistics. There's a reason that most managers and supervisors do not last 2 years. Even some of the ones who do succeed and are recognized as winners are terminated the following year. Do right by yourself and don't sign on with these jokers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot blame the individuals for failing when it is happening everywhere in your company.

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

    Horrifying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Money..................., however I recently hear through the grapevine they are no longer good for that....... massive slowdown at the Portland scrapyard

    Cons

    Too many to list way too many to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouraging things like backstabbing, gossiping, and outright lies about people who are simply just trying to pay the bills, are not traits of honesty or integrity, just in case you were wondering about that...............i would highly recommend this company to my worst enemy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awful place! If I could rate it a zero, I would. People hate coming to work there. Terrible mgmt, from the top on down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent medical insurance, I guess. You're gonna need medical if you work here. The stress will kill your body and your spirit.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. Worst job I've ever had. Can hardly wait to escape out of here. It can't come a minute too soon. Worst supervisor I have ever had. Overall bad place that cares nothing for their lower level employees, the ones who actually do the work and keep the place going. Too much politic'ing and back-biting and scrambling to be one of the good ol' boys. The pay sucks, with no raises unless you are in management, and then you get all kinds of nice little benefits and bonuses, and the CEO is actually being given bonuses based on how many people's jobs she can eliminate in this awful economy. People are desperately trying to hold onto their jobs and will do/say anything about others in order to 'secure' their lousy jobs. Horrible and blatant double standard in this company between the have's (management) and the have-not's (anyone else).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your underlings a favor and either quit or retire. Please. This place needs a complete cleansing, big time. Archaic mentality of management, and horrible interpersonal skills and motivational skills of those who are supposed to be the leaders, make for extremely low morale. You would get more loyalty and production out of people if you could just treat them, and talk to them, as human beings deserving of respect. And understand that for most of them Schnitzer Steel is just a job, a paycheck. A means to an end. Management has not acquired the skill of fostering a climate of harmony and loyalty due to their atrocious tactics of making everyone feel inferior and threatened. Allow them their family time and don't make them feel like their job is on the line if they happen to need to take time off to help or to be with family now and then. Stop looking the other way at salaried employees who routinely accumulate massive amounts of PTO simply because they are abusing the system and not reporting when they take time off. The double standard in this supposedly 'ethical' and 'safety conscious' company is a total sham. Again, morale is beyond bad due to the tactics of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Executive Team will do anything for you...so long as it is profitable for them.

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    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Current Employee - Regional Director

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    High turnover leads to many promotional opportunities. The general lack of ethics makes this an attractive place for those who wanting to leverage such things.

    Cons

    A lack of vision and strategy combined with a strong quarter to quarter mentality leads to unrealistic expectations for managers of all levels - including you...and your manager. After running up hill for a while most become indifferent to the noise or simply leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real and meaningful longterm vision then stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good ole boy network -- worse place ever!

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits and pay. Location and physical workspace was okay. That's about it

    Cons

    Management teams aren't human. They don't value their employees. They use and abuse you and treat you like a dog. Read all of the reviews carefully before considering a job with this company -- you'll notice a common theme. It's all true!

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    You should take a job in afganstan for better future than at Oakland ca

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good hard workers below the upper managers.

    Cons

    The upper managers at the Oakland yard are nothing more than a group of thugs. They lie about almost everything and all this comes from the GM of the Oakland yard. He is protected by the region director on everything that goes wrong in this yard. If you stand up to GM your gone or put in a job that will get you to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why does this continue to go on and no one from HR steps in on what is code of ethic violations?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time - avoid this company like the plague!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    People at the operational level are hard-working and honest

    Cons

    Senior management and leadership are a horrible bunch of liars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no helping this bunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You MUST like this industry to work here!

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Processor  in  Cartersville, GA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Processor in Cartersville, GA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are basic benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Do not prioritize fast-tracking or growing new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging environment, great industry, but uncertainty as to your future with this company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Salary can be quite generous at the GM Level and higher. Not so much at lower levels but if your Boss is one of the connected few then you'll do well.

    Cons

    Over 5 years ago the now CEO took off across SCHN Land touting we were to be the Company of Choice for all Employees. Since then it has been a steady decline and we have lost much of our experienced employee's and the rest live in constant fear they will be next. Not so at the Director and VP Levels, they flourish as does the BOD's who share in the bounty at the rank and file expense. Can it change, yes, will it change, questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as they have their own views but the Shareholders ought to bail before it crashes. Better still, vote in a new BOD and give the CEO and her cronies their tickets home.

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