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Helpful (5)

"Great Values and a Growing Company"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Engineer III in Plymouth, MI
Current Employee - Engineer III in Plymouth, MI
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Lots of opportunities for growing and the work is challenging. The goals are attainable but still stretching to achieve them.

Cons

Growing pains for a "family" company that needs to make the next big step into a large company. Sometimes this gives more reason to step up but also means extra responsibility without compensation.

Advice to Management

Ask for feed back from employees regarding best practices and reviewing the process before assuming it is the best route to go.

Other Employee Reviews for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Good company gone bad. Misguided, backwards, and distrustful of employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you get a good manager, and you're an engineer, or in the "family circle," you'll be fine here.

    Cons

    Poor management and paranoid distrust are recurring themes at SEL. You'll start drinking the koolaid during the week-long oriendoctrination. They will preach noble concepts like quality, cross-training, and employee ownership. Then you will find out that production speed trumps quality, employee owners get zero say in company decisions, and everything is dictated by the CEO (who recently cashed out his stock). Alpha-dog engineers and yes-men move up to top management, and fly around in wasteful corporate jets. Fear, distrust, and retaliation keep people quiet. A 'Security' department screens messages and spies on employees. Friday lunch meetings are misleading cheerleading sessions. New buildings sit empty and unfinished. Progressive, independent thinkers need not apply.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers, and rebuild a culture of trust, transparency, and empowerment.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A lot of positives along with a lot of politics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    By and large, the people who work there are intelligent and pleasant to work with. The work done there is good - helping make power safer and more readily available around the world.

    There are many learning opportunities and ways to develop yourself professionally. The work can be interesting and challenging, if you're in the right department. They support higher education (even providing funding) after you've been there at least 1 year.

    Pay is reasonable, although not on the high end, and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Living in Pullman may or may not be to your liking. If you enjoy nightlife and fine dining, it is not your place to be. Also, if you really enjoy hiking, it is always a bit of a drive - other than Kamiak Butte, which is close to town.

    Internal (and external) politics are significant. It is definitely a place where who you know and have known for years matters, depending in which department you work in. Also, the political views of the CEO are inflicted upon all employees during lunchtime gatherings that all employees are strongly encouraged to attend. Seems inappropriate in the workplace.

    It can be detrimental to your longevity with the company if you are the bearer of unwelcome news. There are definitely things that management doesn't want to hear - about products, treatment of people, etc.

    Many people work a lot of overtime. It is quite excessive in some cases. Requests to limit overtime can lead to being taken out of a lead role on a project and/or keep you from being promoted. If you're looking for quality time with your family, this is not the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the amount of overtime you expect from people. Consistent long hours burns people out and leads to strained family relationships, not to mention health problems. If the company can afford numerous corporate jets, the company can afford to hire enough people to do the work that needs to be done.

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