Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Scale Operator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "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)

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

    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 Management

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

    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

  3. Helpful (5)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexable working hours at the corporate level.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great group of people!

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (7)

    Worst Company In America

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Please think about your Shareholders.

    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

  7. Helpful (3)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits.

    Cons

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

  8. Helpful (5)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Wake up !

  9. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (6)

    Horrifying

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

    I worked 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

    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 Management

    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!

  11. Helpful (8)

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

    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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