Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  2. Sinking ship

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Save yourself the heartache

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

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


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  5. Right in the middle

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  6. Fun casual work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Going Down

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

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

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Clean house starting at the top

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    The yard is centrally located and it is easy to get to and from work. Also, they usually provide you with a hard hat and a vest for free.

    Cons

    Whoever has the job to reply to the Schnitzer Steel comments must be bored out of his mind! Constant reply to contact HR Business Partner is hilarious. Easy to say at corporate skyscraper but in yards we distrust our HR Business Partner more than any one in the whole yard. Tell him about problems or safety risks and we’ll likely be fired soon.. Many posts said to review other comments and I listened b/c job searchers need good comments from people who work at the yard 1. After all the reviews on this site it would seem it's your own fault for deciding to work there, putting up with the ridiculous hours, lack of support and disrespectful environment only to be shown the door. 2. Do your underlings a favor and either quit or retire. Please. Chairman of the board. 3. It's not what you know, it's who you know. A toxic environment that thrives on using fear tactics and intimedation. 4. There is simply no direction from the top at MRB. They are all long time buddies sitting on top of their thrones doing nothing. 5. TO THE BOARD OF DINOSAURS: Like Mr. Potter in the movie, "It's a wonderful life." As crooked as you are, your employees will find a way succeed no matter how much you steal from them. 6. If this is how you want to run your business, fine. But you need to understand that if you don't treat people with respect and kindness, then all the respectful and kind people will leave and you will be left with a quagmire of unhappy people, motivated by fear mongering.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever your gut or intuition is telling you do the opposite! The company is now run by management that have never worked in a scrapyard. Maybe if that changes we will start to make money again.


  9. Helpful (11)

    Horrible! Worst company I have ever worked at.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good location for transportation and competitive salary with a small bonus, but the nasty depressing culture that exists overwhelms any positives.

    Cons

    Very negative morale, nasty management style with no positive corporate culture. I have never experienced a company like this where most people were outright miserable.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Get out fast before they lock the doors

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

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

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

    Pros

    Great hard workers who need jobs and are being told all is ok.

    Cons

    The upper managers CEO and CFO are making way to much money for what they know or do. The Oakland yard is a place that breeds people who don't take of the workers. GM not out to help the workers. You may see him out of his office only 10 minutes a day.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top, CEO and CFO. Then dump a few GM's and managers under them.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Apr 15, 2015 – Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Thank you for your comments. If you have not already, please contact your HR Business Partner to discuss your concerns.


  11. Helpful (2)

    This company is far under-rated!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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



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