Schnitzer Steel

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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
50 Reviews
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Benefits, good employees and fun work (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexable working hours at the corporate level (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of the Senior Management staff and outside buyers don't have college degrees (in 3 reviews)

  • They also try to make you fake being happy when the upper management comes through (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Meh

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

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Not sure if there are any

    Cons

    They kinda suck and getting worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sucking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 15, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    While we don't like to see a negative review, we would appreciate details regarding your concerns.

  2.  

    Great environment, talented staff and a desire to change what needs to be changed - Corporate office

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

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

    Pros

    Talented individuals-The current and incoming staff are incredibly talented and have made a tangible impact on the culture of the organization.
    Corporate culture-It is never easy for a 100 year old company to change, but Schnitzer is taking the steps necessary to make the changes. From new staff, to better communication they are working towards creating an amazing organization.
    Technology - Technology is up to date and and the workspaces are awesome. If you have an issue with your equipment it takes hours, not days or weeks to resolve.

    Cons

    Change doesn't necessarily come quickly or easily. It takes time and effort to make things happen.
    Attitudes of some long-term employees are negative. They'd rather complain that play an active role in creating positive change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward. Make the hard decisions knowing they are the right decisions. Make sure your communication is clear. Most of all, make sure you hire the best staff across the country. Make sure your field leadership treats their staff well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 15, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your review. Change is never easy, but we are working on and we appreciate all of the work of our employees.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Long-term employees would rather complain than play an active role in creating positive change"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    This is an astounding statement considering the company rid itself of most of the "long-term" (3-30 years) back in 2011-2012 who worked 50-80 hours weeks. Based on the recency of reviews nothing has (ironically) changed with all the newbies.

    Cons

    This company has a pervasive cultural issue that starts with the senior management. The executive staff isn't there to serve the people and make them better as in most progressive companies; it's the other way around. So until that (ironically) changes this company will be at the mercy of glass door and social media pundits in general as well as the increasing Schnitzer diaspora.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This review is meant for anyone who is researching the company; read the reviews and check out the layoffs on Oregonlive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 15, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    First, thank you so much for your heartfelt feedback. As a company that is reliant upon healthy overseas economies we, like many companies, had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure the ... More

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scale Operator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good employees and fun work. I worked at both Sims Metal Management and Schnitzer. Sims in the better company

    Cons

    They don't have much growth,especially in management. Much of the Senior Management staff and outside buyers don't have college degrees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with college educations and expand your management training program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 9, 2014Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you so much for your feedback. To create a dynamic and responsive organization we need honest and constructive feedback from current and former employees.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great group of people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Guy in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Guy in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Quality people throughout all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    For every good person, there was always two or three who were sith.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in your code of conduct. the rules apply to everyone according to the executive management team...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company In America

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

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. A big company name on your resume.

    Cons

    Absolutely brutal culture, no bonus, no raise, no promotions. Please stay away from this company as they will try to screw you any ways they can, if you try to leave them. Company has 3 presidents of the Metal Recycling Unit (90% of the revenue) in Last 3 years. Last president quit without any reason according to Schnitzer Steel SEC filings. Shares are trading at a all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think about your Shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Dec 16, 2014Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. Yes, we have had three people in that Role in a very short period of time. The first person had been in that role for 7 years, the second had been with Schnitzer for ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies to work for in Portland

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indian to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Its a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Corporate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexable working hours at the corporate level.

    Cons

    Open communication is encouraged, until you realize it bites you in the butt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is verry much a good-ole-boys club. Big bonuses and pay while the working man gets told do more with less. Lots of baby boomers work here. Prepare for brain drain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is poison

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    I guess decent pay depending on who you are and who's your friend

    Cons

    Low moral, the company allows employees to beat each other down mentally they thrive on seeing you struggle, hostile work environment, company is corrupt, ones in charge enjoy belittling others to make themselves look good. The employees that are still their are either waiting to retire or are caught in the black widow spider web that surrounds the place, I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Truly mind numbing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (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

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