Schnitzer Steel

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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
57 Reviews
1.9
57 Reviews
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
39 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.  

    This company is far under-rated!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Schnitzer Steel is a long term play. They have a lot of headwinds over the past few years due to the challenges of the Steel Market, but they make the tough decisions and are regularly improving the way they do business. People with a focused, continuous improvement thought process will do very well at this company.

    Cons

    The challenges of the market have limited the bonus pool over the last few years. There has also been a great deal of change. People who can not handle change won't be happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. The continued integration of the divisions will result in positive results to the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Take advice from current employees and look elsewhere for employment

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

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

    Pros

    The pay, but in the end not worth a terrible work environment. Management continues to speak of investment in employees while they continue to do layoffs and routine organizational changes resulting in zero stability and zero confidence from employees.

    Cons

    Almost everything. Human resource management completely contrary to what the title stands for as is CEO's 'dedication' to those that work here. Her management style directly reflected by senior and junior management staff resulting in depressed, unhappy and unmotivated morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change everything. Make the investment in your people. Most importantly, listen to your employees- we're unhappy here. Time to do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stock and company falling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Metal Grader, Weighmaster, Welder/Fabricator
    Current Employee - Metal Grader, Weighmaster, Welder/Fabricator

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

    Pros

    I have been told by hr that we have good life insurance.

    Cons

    As the Senior Human Resources Specialist said, “The challenges of the market have limited the bonus pool over the last few years.” They are right since I only got a lousy $.30 raise this year. What makes it worse is that our CEO made over $11 MILLION DOLLARS this year! My boss said we all received small raises b/c our company was doing badly. But our CEO got a $5.5 million bonus. I agree with other reviews about the good old boys club with the company. Also it’s suspicious that when the company began replying to posts that is the same time when there were 5 star reviews! Too bad Schnitzer Steel doesn’t spend that time helping employees rather than weird attempt to improve there rating!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone who made $11 million dollars would not listen to me.

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

    Please Ask Around About The Company

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

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    We Get a Discount on Some Stuff

    Cons

    Take three minutes and review comments from current and former employees before applying. I have been here for seven years and atmosphere has progressively deteriorated. Schnitzer had a strong operational group when I arrived but as people said two presidents left multimillion dollar job without another job lined up. Think about how bad your boss and job would have to be to walk away from millions.

    Multiple media outlets highlighted that our CEO lives in Portland, Oregon and that makes sense since headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. Employees know that is untrue and the ceo lives here on the east coast.

    Question for the company - Does the CEO live in Portland?

    To summarize, with any corporation management sets the tone at the top and at Schnitzer there is a lack of ethics and appreciation for doing the right thing which trickles down to every level of the company. High turnover and CEO approval rating on this website is representative of those facts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and slaves to the shareholders

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really great colleagues.

    Cons

    Office culture is toxic. Training is nonexistent. Executives are miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change needs to start at the top. It used to be a great company but short sighted management continues to only focus on their next bonus, not what makes a company thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Jan 16, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your response. Whether a current or former employee, we would greatly appreciate a meeting to discuss your concerns.

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    If I could give them a zero, I would

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

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company, fairly good benefits. Might look good on a resume, unless someone is familiar with the industry and with Schnitzer's tactics.

    Cons

    No raises for the minions who really do all the work. No advancement unless you are part of the IN crowd, the political parasites who know how to B.S. Horrible management. Terrible treatment of the employees who are apparently of no importance or significance to these bloated managers. Really a mess, in general. People hate showing up at work, from management on down, and that is obvious to everyone. So much grumbling and complaining, and mostly from the ones who do nothing and have all the benefits and bonuses. They are the ones who have it all, get it all, and don't have to worry about losing their jobs. The rest of us just shut up. Five years there, and I have yet to see a pay raise. Oh yes, I did get one for $.25 in 2013. Wow, aren't they generous? The CEO gets millions in bonuses all throughout the year, and is generally hated due to her lack of etchics, caring, and the job she is doing. Lower echelon employees are expected to hold the place together, while the managers cut out early, are accountable to no one, get to declare all kinds of bogus reimbursable expenses, and are treated as if they poop gold. I could go on forever, but basically it is a very depressing atmosphere, both physically and emotionally. Avoid it like the plaque.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Start at the top, and work on down. Stop promoting people just because they are your buddies, or because you don't know what else to do with them. Fire them, just like the lower end jobs get fired all the time if they can't do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Jan 16, 2015Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your honest review. While it is never easy to hear this, it is important that we do. If you are willing, a phone conversation with an HR representative in Portland would be greatly ... More

  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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 a 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.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Headed in the wrong direction

    • 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

    Many of the people I worked with were wonderful, hardworking people.

    Cons

    Top management does not understand the business at its most basic level. The CEO can't tell aluminum from stainless so she relies on the opinion of others. There is a good ol' boys club patting themselves on the back and protecting each other from being exposed as the frauds they are. Compensation and promotions are based on who you know and who you are related to. If you have ever worked for Naparano then this is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tamara, you need to clean house. Just because they are nice to your face does not mean they are your friends. Don't trust anyone. Do your own due diligence. Get out of your NYC office and talk the manager, find out what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scale Operator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than a 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.

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