Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. President Edmund O Schweitzer III
Edmund O Schweitzer III
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, friendly coworkers , emphasis on learning (in 6 reviews)

  • SEL is employee owned (an ESOP), which for people who stay for many years becomes an excellent retirement plan (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Small town: Small college town living (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor management of workload and personnel leads to a very poor work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Best Job I've Ever Had

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IS Intern in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - IS Intern in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was an intern here at SEL during my college career. They put so much emphasis on taking care of their employees and providing you with a happy and safe work environment. If I could have stayed on full time after the end of my internship, I definitely would have!

    Cons

    There really are none to share!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Horrible HR recruiter

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, ok place to work once you get through the awful recruitment process. The training is good and I like the people I work with.

    Cons

    The HR recruiter for manufacturing is rude and unprofessional. She almost made me decide not to continue the process. When I would try to touch base with her I would get curt rude phone calls or emails back.

    Advice to Management

    Review your HR people better and check with candidates regarding how they are treated. You will lose good future employees. For a company that says they have values, the recruiter did not demonstrate any.


  3. Great company with amazing values. Decent benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company values and ethics are unquestionably the best I've ever seen.

    Cons

    A bit behind the curve on benefits. HR and IT are difficult (but aren't they always?)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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  5. SEL good for the company man

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with plenty of free perks, coffee Friday lunch, and very family oriented. Opportunities are very broad with many rewards.

    Cons

    Same as everywhere else. May not be as bad but some seem to get away with a lot more than others.

    Advice to Management

    Lead positions seems to have more stress and responsibilities along with the blame. It is very difficult to do your job when others don't work and not reprimanded but rewarded.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Hard to work for at entry levels

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The friday lunch was great, and there is a sense of caring for employees.

    Cons

    It was very difficult to work an entry level job on the manufacturing floor. Constant overtime with inflexible hours and unexpected weekends, so making plans was difficult. I felt there was little opportunity to advance and very limited opportunities (within the extremely regimented work), despite what they said.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people so you don't have everybody working so many hours. Also specialization isn't bad. It's hard to have everybody knowing how to work everything.


  7. Protection Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good training opportunities if you are proactive

    Cons

    Can be very political at times


  8. Good company if you're in engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    very stable, good growth, great retirement plan

    Cons

    conservative brand identity, stuffy office environment, low pay


  9. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work in Pullman area, best place to be. Good benefits, nice buildings to work in, could be worse. Enjoy the work.

    Cons

    Tough place for talented women who want to advance very high. Company has done well historically, but too many top positions are held by locals with no outside experience or perspective - lack the skills to take the company to the next level. Definitely a good ol' boys club atmosphere at the higher levels. Management talks like they want feedback, but only when they ask for it - on their terms. Not really open to hearing a different perspective than their own.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate and promote based on talents - get some fresh perspective in the higher levels.


  10. Helpful (1)

    It was fine.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Former Employee - Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time at SEL, it was a good job. They always took care of us well.

    Cons

    The work was some what repetitive. Sometimes that could be a little wearing on you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, poor low-end Supervision in MFG

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Current Employee - Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company full of people truly passionate about what we do, excellent benefits and no lay-offs.

    Cons

    Manufacturing has poor management that can struggle with favoritism and "behind the back" moves on people they don't like.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, stop trying to hide things from your employees in manufacturing.



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