Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
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Pros
  • Good Benefits, good employees and fun work (in 3 reviews)

  • 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 (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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  1. Good pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, that's it

    Cons

    They know what they do

    Advice to Management

    You know what you do


  2. Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    "wore various hats"; challenges allowed employees procurement of any number of skills to add to experiences, i.e., communication, introduction to new procedures, practices and protocol;

    Cons

    Corporate plants uneducated, lack of experience, socially inept youngsters in management/supervisory position(s); unqualified individuals "in charge of the boys club", infected with nepotism, nurtured poor moral = a poisonous work environment.


  3. Pretty goid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good labor force that works hard

    Cons

    need to be more innovative

    Advice to Management

    Work on it please guys


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Used to be a great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small and interesting company with lots of opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Recent reorganization has left everyone confused and dazed and on a downward spiral of chasing cost cutting without regard to future vision.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics -- your talented people! Before they are all gone.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Very unhealthy environment from upper senior management.

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    Current Employee - Regional Asset Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Asset Manager in Oakland, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only pros are if you know very little about the business and are a smooth talker you will be promoted.

    Cons

    Managers in a variety of positions within the SW region running the day to day operations with no scrap in there veins. They are of the scrap business but not in the scrap business. You can not be truly valued or appreciated when the boss has no clue what it takes or/how to run a scrap yard.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to Managers, Supervisors and yard level employees if you really care about your so called number one "assets" your people. Don't just listen from one voice at a Directors level.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    paid transit passes, talented workforce

    Cons

    Management, business decisions, favoritism, low pay overall except executives and CEO who make way too much, continuous turnover and layoffs, little development opportunity, promotions given to favorites or on an as needed basis.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees, focus on growing talent and employe retention rather than bottom line dollar and layoffs as a solution. Stop the favoritism and treat employees like you care.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Save yourself the heartache

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    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits, fair amount of paid holidays and time off.

    Cons

    The minute the market crashes they lay off as many people as they can. Then they continue to pile the laid off employees duties on to those still employed - over and over and over. One person is suddenly now equivalent to two or three. This creates a highly stressful and depressing workplace. Not to mention the regional director likes to thinks that lies he tells will you keep you satisfied, talking to everyone as if it is all a temporary hiccup. Even when the market returns they never let you rehire new employees. Why should they, now they can pay less and overwork the existing employees. I loved working for Schnitzer, and, thought I would retire with them. After six years I couldn't be more disappointed with the poor management on almost every level of the SW region. If you are related to upper management or long time buddies you are secure no matter how terrible of a person or employee you may be.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are a key asset to a growing business. Start treating them right or watch the competition run the industry. You should be disappointed in your company.


  9. Right in the middle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable job, decent wages, nice people, good location, many trades you can learn if you know the right people.

    Cons

    The air quality isn't the best because of the material you deal with. Shifts change a lot. Jobs in the yard can change. A lot of things can mysteriously disappear if you don't watch your things.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from your employees before you start making decisions and assumptions about what goes around the yard. Communicate more. Make it a habit for operators to do their full inspections. Have more department meetings about what needs to be done, any frustrations, or necessities for the crew.


  10. Fun casual work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    The yard managers were great to work with. They're direct to the point, and don't sugar coat much which I appreciate it. They encourage you to work independently or as team and don't micro manage you. They provide lunch or bbq's for us periodically for various reasons such as so many days without injuries ect which makes us feel appreciated. The small tight knit group of employees knows each other on first name basis and for the most part have a positive re pore with each other. They work well together ensuring a positive yard experience for customers and successful team. I enjoyed working with all of them and considered them my 2nd family. Although the bonuses and raises are little to be desired, they pay is decent and the benefits are good. A combination of all making my experience there a valued one.

    Cons

    Corporate has a hold on the yards from a far and doesn't take into consideration the needs of the individual yard. They group the yards together and rather than looking at each yards success and struggles which has hindered the yard. The raises and bonuses are minimal at the yard level employees while corporate level employees are receiving large bonuses and lunch on the company everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate pay increases, bonuses and individual yard needs. The employees are starting to feel disposable due to multiple lay-offs and that the company has no loyalty to long time or hard working employees. The only down side to working at Schnitzer was the corporate side, I loved every other aspect.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Going Down

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, for a while anyway. Pay was great, people were better. Enjoyed the customer interaction.

    Cons

    Price of scrap dropping caused everything to plummet. So many layoffs that it became a pretty depressing place to work. Lots of empty promises. So much money wasted on perks that they have to take money out of employees pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely none. You wouldn't listen anyway. Only concerned with the bottom line. Realize that the people matter. And don't tell people to contact their "HRBP". They barely ever bother responding.



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