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"Opportunity for eagerness and ability to get the job done"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Gerdau Long Steel North America full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

I have been with gerdau for 5 years and started at the bottom. In those 5 years I have experienced a 50 percent increase in pay through 2 promotions and decent merit raises. This was also through the big global downturn in steel markets when these actions were at a premium. I feel the big pro at this company is that they recognize achievement and a eagerness to find solutions. They evaluate that value even more when you own it and roll up your sleeves to get it done.

Cons

There are always a lot of initiatives rolling through the company but they always have a related theme which is improve safety or control costs. If you work toward those goals you are always making it, but they have consultants come up with 15 ways to report the numbers in different ways. The real areas that need more oversight are procurement and sales as policy compliance is rarely followed and simply overlooked and those variances derail everything else.

Advice to Management

If you want to run a global model then run it. Markets are different but basic standards are not...if you want a national purchasing contract at X dollars per unit then make sure your buyers are actually buying it at that price. If you sales team forecasts X sales of product Y then make sure they are accountable when they don't so that we don't see inventory sit in the warehouse while we continue to roll more.

Other Employee Reviews for Gerdau Long Steel North America

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gerdau Long Steel North America full-time

    Pros

    nobody is accountable for anything

    Cons

    nobody can make a good decision

    Advice to Management

    Find a new career


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Gerdau is Hell on Earth for competent salaried workers."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilitator
    Current Employee - Facilitator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gerdau Long Steel North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For salaried workers, the compensation is average and the benefits are good. The 401(k) has an employer match up to 6% of your base.

    Cons

    Gerdau is the portrait of senior managerial bloat. What started as a nuisance has reached the point where it's made life a living hell for the salaried employees in the mills. Between Tampa, FL and Brazil, they have multiple layers of senior management with little to do. Therefore, there is an endless stream of foolish corporate initiatives and programs that do little but justify some manager's existence. These programs typically have nothing to do with improving safety or the steel making process, but instead consist of some MBA's idea of taking something simple and complicating to the point of absurdity. For example, it will take you 8-16 hours to create your personnel evaluation and you and most of your coworkers won't understand the majority of the criteria on it. No corporate fad is to obsolete or obscure for Gerdau and each initiative has its own acronym, expensive software package and time consuming set of tasks.

    The salaried employees in the mills are responsible for implementing and maintaining all of these programs on top of whatever it was that they used to do. Therefore, supervisors (or Routine Facilitators, in Gerdau-speak) may only see their direct reports 20 minutes a day--the rest of their day is spent worrying about foolish tasks like "increasing employee engagement" or updating numerous storyboards. It is so ridiculous, that they actually inspect people's desks and make them have labeled, designated areas for their staplers and phones. Then, and I'm not making this up, they take before/after pictures of the desks and post them on bulletin boards to show how "successful" Gerdau management is.

    The result of having MBAs run amok is that the wastefulness at Gerdau is astonishing. Departments that were previously run by 5 managers are now run by 10-15 salaried workers, most of which do nothing to affect the steel making process whatsoever. Another problem is that Gerdau is an Idiot Concentrator: most of the talented managers and engineers leave, while the lazy and inept remain. If you're talented, I strongly urge you to look elsewhere. If you're a screwup, welcome home.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 95% of senior management and replace 25% of them with engineers and managers with real steel experience. Then, have each mill hold 3 voluntary meetings regarding the state of the company or some similar foolishness. Take attendance and fire any salaried employee that showed up at all 3 meetings because they are dead weight.

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