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David J. Joseph Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. "Human Resource Generalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at David J. Joseph full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, relaxed work environment, great location in Downtown Cincinnati. Free parking in their private lot on the outer perimeter of downtown. Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Niche industry (Scrap Metal) promotion from within could be limited at times due to roles being industry specific requiring prior experience.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways for current employees to gain exposure to some roles that require experience to offer more room for internal job progression.


  2. "It was OK"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Gastonia, NC
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Gastonia, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at David J. Joseph full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Good working hours. Time off whenever necessary. Health coverage is great.

    Cons

    You have to be part of the clique. Management slow to advance you. Only advance when it's beneficial to them


  3. "Employee Friendly Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at David J. Joseph full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Performance driven culture, if you perform you will be rewarded. Promote from within, everyone at the executive level has worked their way up through the company. Great work-life balance, we work hard while we are here but management recognizes we have personal lives outside of the office. Unlimited career potential, especially if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Parts of the business are in cyclical markets so it can be a tough environment on one side of the company while another side is doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open to feedback from your employees and act upon that feedback. DJJ has a solid history and culture.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Industry, stable company, unusual and somewhat dysfunctional culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at David J. Joseph full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you live in Cincinnati, the Cincinnat HQ is located downtown, but not really (it's on the far east side next to the William Howard Taft Museum), it's easy to get to, and the company provides free parking.
    Generally speaking the company offers competitive benefits, though their tuition reimbursement policy of $2,500/year is a bit light. Also, at executive levels, there is no deferred compensation in lieu of large cash bonuses.
    It's possible to have good work/life balance here - if you look at the parking lot at 7:45 am and 5:15 pm it's mostly empty. Obviously it depends on the function (finance - monthly/quarterly close; IT - project go-lives), but in general, this is not a company that demands 50-60 hour work weeks.
    The company has some company sponsored activities - Reds Game, golf outings, etc. - but I wouldn't call the company social experience very active, especially if you're younger.
    The industry itself is quite interesting. While technically DJJ operates in the recycling industry, it's really a commodity company. During the boom years of 2004 - 2008 earnings and bonuses were *amazing*. The market for commodities is dynamic and ever changing - so keeping up to date and understanding the market is challenging.
    DJJ also does business on a global bases - Asia, S. America, Europe, Med, etc. - which depending on your function could entail learning some new things.
    DJJ has many office and yard locations across the US, so the ability to move to another part of the country is not out of the question.
    DJJ has a *lot* of long-term employees. Basically, once employees hit the 7-10 year mark, they tend to stick around for their entire career. As employees make it into the twilight of their working careers, the company tends to take care of them and not push them out on the first ice flow that passes by. It's not all that unusual to see entire groups of management teams who've been together for 15-20 years.
    This continuity is generally a good thing (see cons to see the downside), as the people who run the business REALLY know it well. There aren't any "fast risers" or "ladder climbers" here.
    The company is quite flat. In some areas there will be only five levels between you and the company president, or seven between you and the Parent Company (Nucor Steel) CEO. If you're looking to "make a difference" and get noticed, this is the kind of company where that can happen.
    The parent company's ownership (Nucor Steel) has been a good thing over the last 8 years (Nucor acquired DJJ in early 2008). Certainly through the Great Recession of 2009/2010, having a parent company that had strong financial footing and that wasn't going to "cut bait and run" was a huge benefit for employment stability.

    Cons

    Let's start by saying that at the five companies I have worked at in my professional career, DJJ is *by far* the least diverse. One female on the Executive/Leadership team. No people of color. This trend extends down into the VP level and Director level. This is a pretty "white bread" place to work.
    Additionally, virtually all leaders of any merit within the organization were at one time brokers or traders. If you weren't a broker or trader, getting to the Director or VP level is very difficult (except for functional groups such as H/R or I/T), and you're likely not ever going to run a business within DJJ if you weren't a broker or trader.
    Because of the broker/trader dominance, certain "personality traits" end up becoming cultural traits of the organization. The communication style here is incredibly indirect, almost cryptic. Brokers/Traders also travel in circles/cliques and that's certainly true within the organization - you're either on the inside or the outside, there's not much middle ground. In some regards, the culture here reminds me of a small high school. The culture is also exceptionally conservative - and I say that having friends here who've worked in the financial services industry who tell me DJJ is far, far more conservative than any place they've worked.
    Because DJJ recruits almost exclusively out of college, and many employees have *only* ever worked here there are a couple of distinct phenomenons going on: 1) "lifers" definitely get preferential treatment (to a degree), 2) many employees have no idea how things work other places or how to change/improve things, 3) change here is incredibly difficult -it's a very static environment, 4) leaders end up in roles not just based on ability but who they know/knew, even when it's clearly apparent to all that they don't posses the necessary leadership skills to be in a role, and 5) people tend to accept bad actors as "ah, that's just Joe being Joe".
    Very few instances of flextime or work from home here - it's "work your 8 to 5 and BE HERE".
    No casual (jeans) Fridays.
    The HQ building is extremely quiet - too quite. Make noise, have fun, laugh too loud and people will look at you funny. Very buttoned down.
    While in a good location, the HQ is very old and very dated. It screams "government office" not "dynamic workplace".
    Because the organization is flat (and thin), you will probably be the only person doing your job - the idea of "backup" around here isn't really a thing.
    Also due to the flat structure and long tenure - moving up in title or compensation is difficult here. Someone has to leave or retire, and neither happen very often.
    Compensation is average to slightly below average - bonuses used to make up the difference and push things to above average, but the commodity market is challenged and appears to be challenged for some time to come.
    Nucor's (the parent company) influence is not all positive. On top of DJJ culture, there are now bits and pieces of Nucor culture being installed (not a good thing). It's difficult to describe or articulate, but it's there (and very different from DJJ was not owned by Nucor).

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure I have much to say, as my perception is that it's unlikely they would change course.


  6. "Out of touch with what really drives employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at David J. Joseph (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location is convenient and you don't have to pay for parking. Work with some nice people.

    Cons

    DJJ culture is so out of wack. Just because certain people stay for several years, doesn't mean they are happy. Their is no real change, integration or innovation happening on the inside. The human resources function is so conservative and rude that it's their way or the highway. Hiring millennials will increasingly be hard for DJJ. This is because they don't understand what really drives freshers. Throwing money at them and giving them false promises won't make for a dynamic and innovative culture. They will take the training and take that to another employer who will benefit from it.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to compete in the market for good employees then look to your culture and people and do whats right to make them happy. Employees doing the same job over and over again might be ok for some, but millennials will not stay in that environment.


  7. "Sys admin"

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    Former Employee - Owner-Operator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Owner-Operator in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at David J. Joseph (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great people. Enjoyed my time at DJJ.

    Cons

    Better go to the right college to move up. E.g. bowling Green seems to be popular. If that's the worst you can say that's very good. Overall a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers are in place now. Wasnt always the case, but is now. Great memories of working at djj and met many great people.


  8. "Values Employees"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Specialist in Cincinnati Amf, OH
    Current Employee - Transportation Specialist in Cincinnati Amf, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at David J. Joseph full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the first company that I've worked at where it feels like they genuinely value their employees. They hire quality people and continue to make strides at becoming better everyday.

    Cons

    No real cons I can speak to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing on good people and the company will keep going in the right direction.


  9. "Best family atmosphere from a company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at David J. Joseph full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is very relaxed.From the IT Director down everyone is approachable. I was approached by the CEO Keith Grass within the first month of employment and he, just like everyone else, is very easy going and takes the time to get to know you.

    Cons

    Lower salaries than competitors in the area.Mostly parallel advancement with only four steps from the bottom to the top.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent company if you are in the "Boys Club"."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at David J. Joseph full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company makes ethical decisions when conducting business.

    Cons

    DJJ is very conservative in nature and the culture is very reflective of that. If you are "different", you will be challenged. Overall, poor mid-level managers. Career paths are undefined and employees are told "we don't set career paths, we fill openings." The company is having a very difficult retaining young talent.


  11. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at David J. Joseph full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and flexibility with projects, get to work with a number of technologies and management values input/opinion. Great company values.

    Cons

    Compensation could have been a bit better, but is adequate..


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