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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
44 Reviews
1.5
44 Reviews
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do I have to give them one star?

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    They will spend a ton of money to relocate you from far away because nobody local who knows about them wants to work for them.

    Cons

    Once you get there you will deal with the kind of garbage almost every reviewer has reported. I worked there for more than a year and should have received combat pay for what I endured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are beyond help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    The worst work-related mistake of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    There are no good things about this company. They hire you with a simple job description and then keep adding pressure to perform more and more.

    Cons

    I was hired at one level of workload that was then upped over 150% within a year without a pay raise for it. No support from management because they were the ones with the whip. They also try to make you fake being happy when the upper management comes through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dragon managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Think Twice about working in this toxic work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    Good name to have on a resume. Okay location. Friendly receptionist. Volunteer work is encouraged by leadership

    Cons

    Top heavy organization that looks down, way down on their employees under $100k. Salaries above that level are treated as humans. The rest of the population are used and squeezed of every last drop of life. Fear tactics cause an uneasy tension and a thick air of uncertainty. The results are passive aggressive behaviors among the underpaid. Suggestion: think twice before you interview with this unstable and emotionally toxic company. Expect to be promised things that you will not receive. Expect to be treated in ways you would never expect...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get honest with yourselves! In the entire scheme of the universe, you are not that important and YOU are not worth your exorbitant salaries..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.

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

    Culture of fear

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and bonus structure

    Cons

    This company was hit with several government penalties for greesing the hands of goverment officials in Asia in the 90s, and due to that has cultivated a culture of fear and dicatatorship.
    The IT department has a culture of its own because it's in its own building where the rest of the executives will never know about the beatings that take place there. Sr Management fails to inspire their employees and instead causes anyone with talent to run out the door. Directors of Infrastructure normally take the wrap for all the mistakes the CIO cooks up. They have been through 8 directors of Infrastructure in a 5 year span. You do the math.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CIO and CAO and it will instantly make this a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    my experience is not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    company policies are somewhat flexible

    Cons

    the company has no mentoring program

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving Forward

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Co workers are fun and friendly. Pay is right. Advancement seems likely in current atmosphere

    Cons

    Uncertainty in the ranks. People seem afraid and uninformed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to new ideas and don't promote fear and ignorance as power tools

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A Place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Enormous Structure accross the nation & Canada
    Growth for the people that work hard for it
    Learning opportunities is endless
    Great towards community
    Treats employees on a monthly basis which keeps a good work environment
    Executives are very kind once you form a work relationship
    Great management
    Exceptional pay grade for most positions
    Trainee programs implemented

    Cons

    Production level employees growth opportunities are pretty minimal
    Vacation Accrual could be higher
    Program ususage structure can be frustrating at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe upper management is doing a great job and they are all extremely friendly if you give them a chance and dont meet them with the assumption they are "above" your level; they might be in pay grade a position but they are all people nonetheless. They put in more hours then anyone in this company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    Growth, Compensation, Supportive Management, Bonus Plans, Benefits

    Cons

    Slow to come onbaord with advances in technology and social media.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees are seen as just another resource to "burn & churn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    It is a well known name in the Portland community and therefore looks good on a resume. It's a good place to gain some experience and then take that skill set elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management would rather have a lean headcount work 50-60 hours a week than spend money to give their workers a normal workload. Most employees can't take time off.
    Would rather hire talent from outside than develop talent inside the company.
    No sucession planning - jobs are created in silos that don't feed to any other positions so there's no growth opportunity.
    Company culture promotes gossip & back stabbing to get ahead.
    Promotions & raises are earned by who you know, not how hard you work.
    Ran by right-wing executives who still think it is the 1990s (uses old technology and refuses to open benefits to domestic partners).
    Absent Executive Leadership - CEO lives in New York and doesn't have a presence in the corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting your vision being clouded by dollar signs. Invest some money in upgrading your technology and developing your people (hire more people!) and you will stop losing talented staff (and may actually be competitive in the hiring market).

    Tamara - visit your corporate offices (both Yeon & Montgomery Park) more often and actually TALK to staff (even those you think beneath you). John Carter, when he was in charge, made regular trips around the office just saying hello to everyone. It makes a difference in worker morale when you think your CEO actually cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The have and have nots

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    You can make good money and have growth opportunities if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Cliques and too right wing, little regard for the people doing the grunt work with execs buying new cars and off on elaborate vacations while cutting people at the yards. More about growth and glory than about taking care of the people in the lower ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the salaries you're probably paying you could get a whole lot better talent in the leadership ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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