Schnitzer Steel

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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
41 Reviews
1.5
41 Reviews
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
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  1. 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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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
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    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
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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    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
  7. 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The have and have nots

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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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Prehistoric Company with a Prehistoric Mentality

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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

    The company has gone through huge growth in the past 5 years with has been pretty good for investors and executives. There are some really amazing people who try to make the most out of what is handed to them and those who have been with the company a long time seem very loyal.

    Cons

    There is very little growth or opportunity for promotion. Many decisions are made without the understanding of how it impacts their employees. Tight and unrealistic deadlines keep the machine moving but it becomes very stagnant. There is no sense of innovation or creativity in all aspects of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the amount of work you ask of your employees. It is impossible to expect employees to perform more work they did 2 years ago with half the amount of resources. Work on collaboration and streamlining the different business units. It is unrealistic to keep allowing each acquisitioned company act as its own entity with its own rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Schnitzer steel bends and snaps under pressure

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    Former Employee - Manager of Operations  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manager of Operations in Portland, OR

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel

    Pros

    I have been in the industry for 20 years and thought they were a market leader by design in fact they are a leader by luck

    Cons

    They make a lot of promises and do not keep them, they are at will company, but when convienient they claim oral statements, beware they discriminate against people of color and of religion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real training in the real world and not feed off a silver spoom

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    look for other options

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    we have good benefits, decent salary

    Cons

    absolutely no structure, spend tons of money on outside consultants, no organization, you might feel persecuted if you dont agree with certain groups

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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