Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Great company with amazing values. Decent benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Power Engineer in Pullman, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!


  2. SEL good for the company man

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Protection Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Pullman, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Good training opportunities if you are proactive

    Cons

    Can be very political at times


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  5. Good company if you're in engineering

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very stable, good growth, great retirement plan

    Cons

    conservative brand identity, stuffy office environment, low pay


  6. Anonymous

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package for the area.

    Cons

    Some projects can be slow.


  10. Great place to work through college.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

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

    Pros

    Great place to work while attending school, flexible hours during the week.

    Cons

    Some of the work groups are more friendly than others.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Stable Income but Unstable Leadership

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

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. You won't find better in the area. Because there's so much turnover, there's a lot of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    SEL believes in running lean. Therefore expect to be doing the equivalent of 2-3 jobs. I have never worked so much overtime so consistently. Upper management fails at delegation, so there is a lot of helicopter management, hundreds of hours of work being vetoed at the executive level, last-minute rework. Don't believe the HR PR about the values. The hypocrisy of lack of adherence to the frequently touted values is infuriating. Money is spent on silly things like an airport terminal rather than hiring enough people to do the core work of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust te experts that you hired to do their jobs correctly.



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