Steel Dynamics

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Steel Dynamics Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome experience

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    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Hoyt Lakes, MN
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Hoyt Lakes, MN

    I worked at Steel Dynamics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Non-Union
    Plenty of flexibility and responsibility

    Cons

    Extremely dirty environment.
    "Top Heavy" aka Plenty of engineers and not enough on crew

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a less stressful environment
    Listen to lower employee's (Some of them have great ideas)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting, challenging and extremely stressful.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Butler, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Butler, IN

    I worked at Steel Dynamics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top notch steel company which strives for excellence .

    Cons

    The over all operation is too lean and those who work there are overloaded and overwhelmed .Mico management to extremely high level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more empowerment and trust your employees. Emphasis and create a better synergy within all teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Ol' Boy System

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia City, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia City, IN

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great through this company. From the stock compensation, insurance, 401K match, and pay.

    Cons

    Where to begin... this particular division is structurally unsound. We continue to hire metallurgist to manage when they lack the managerial skills necessary to help us excel as a firm. There is no feedback for employees to inform them how to better their over-all performance. This would allow them to make themselves promotable and beneficial to the processes of the company. The "Good Ol' Boy System", has led this division to having several individuals in positions they're not qualified for or deserving. Inadequate performance often leads to a promotion or lateral move. Superiors take it upon themselves to make changes in the processes without discussing with those interacting with equipment or operating procedures on a day to day basis. COMMUNICATION- it doesn't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend becoming more structured and abiding by it, any situation with every employee. The promotional process takes to long. Once a job has been given, set a time for movement of that employee and stick to it. Be consistent, 6-8 months is to long. Provide feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low-stress stable position with generous rewards.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Columbia City, IN
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Columbia City, IN

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Successful, stable company which provides high-quality steel products. I am proud of working here. Management is open for new ideas and new visions. It is OK and desirable to speak and be heard. Absence of time cards. Comfortable private offices, one room per employee. Outstanding production bonuses and stock rewards. Comprehensive, but cheap medical insurance. Generous 401K plan matched contributions.

    Cons

    If you make a mistake, management will not penalize you. If you work hard, management will not notice either. There is an old archaic software system in place called One-Vision, which is outdated and is a source of many problems in all departments. The programming technology is not widely known among IT professionals, called SAP PowerBuilder. The company is understaffed on IT personnel, which means higher workload on each employee. Under these conditions base salary could be higher than 60K a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more professionals into IT department. Provide a very much needed project-clarity specialist. Don't overload IT employees with multiple concurrent projects and different extra responsibilities. Eliminate floating support phone schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A lean running company with competitive advantages.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsboro, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsboro, IN

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics

    Pros

    Great pay, Flexible work hours, respectable, hard-working people, family like atmosphere, incentive based, low education requirements, good standing with the community

    Cons

    Very little upward mobility, upward mobility is based on social networking ability, no union, rights may be altered to the benefit of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people based on educational effort not just based on illogical feelings. Provide opportuniites for employees to advance based on effort and not on friendships.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, however, I feel my division is very disorganized!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia City, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia City, IN

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics

    Pros

    Good benefits. Most employees are harding working and eager to learn. Company treat employees with respect and show care.

    Cons

    disorganized management and saving money in the wrong places...does not hold employees accountable for actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job in giving employees feedback. If they are doing a bad job, tell them, vice versa. promote and demote accordingly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very rewarding and good at growing your skills yet insane working conditions

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Butler, IN
    Former Employee - Electrician in Butler, IN

    I worked at Steel Dynamics

    Pros

    good pay and benefits (guaranteed to be better than almost anywhere), will get plenty of overtime, if more money is your thing

    Cons

    loud, dirty, rotating shift, will get lime burns, will inhale metallic fumes, you've got to many bosses, a supervisor who has no idea how to do his job but likes to tell you how to do yours

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing management holds back growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Fort Wayne is a great place to live, earning potential is decent given the market. Prospects for limited growth within the company.

    Cons

    Quality ROA on the steel side, poor management in recycling. Inexperienced CEO leads to poor returns. Very weak and understaffed bench strength leads to poor middle management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divest assets in the SE and Minnesota. Restock your bench.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Lacking !!!

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    Current Employee - Floter
    Current Employee - Floter

    I have been working at Steel Dynamics

    Pros

    Good ins.package.Money is good.Great at updating old equipment!

    Cons

    S.D. is a new comer, working in some cases with VERY old equipment. Don't tell the old guys how to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop swinging people every 8 days if safty is such a big deal! Research the damage this dose!

    Approves of CEO

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