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Nyrstar Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Not enough pay"

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    Current Employee - Ground Control in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Ground Control in Jefferson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nyrstar (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of family time. 401K.

    Cons

    Employees not treated well. Certain employees will excel even if they dont have all qualifications others do have. It's about who you know & what you can do for them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees & address employees concerns


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    "Insecurity is no fun"

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    Former Employee - Senior Ventilation Engineer in Gordonsville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Ventilation Engineer in Gordonsville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nyrstar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility with little oversight, big changes about to come, high expectations, good pay and bonuses

    Cons

    Inability to make fundamental changes seems baked in to the culture. Lots of blame and suspicion. The recurrent locals that run the underground make it opaque and mysterious. Projects intended to create transparency and accountability were never funded. Watch the zinc price with a box of Kleenex, rinse and repeat.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for tracking, pay for surveying, pay for independent statistical analyses. Don't buy the explanations from operations. Don't short the technical staff.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits, poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package
    Site managers and co workers created a great work environment.

    Cons

    Complete incompetence on a corporate level of the mining sector.
    Inconsistent with qualifications needed for promotion and is more about who, rather than what, you know.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in truly qualified people to run the mining sector or get out completely.


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  5. "Excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nyrstar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nyrstar has an excellent benefit program with a lot of vacation, a very good medical plan, a 50 % 401k match.

    Cons

    Mining segment is currently for sale and some of the mining operations have suspended operations for an undefined time. Will start up again however.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the excellent benefit program with a lot of vacation, the very good medical plan and the 401k match etc


  6. "decent company"

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    Former Employee - Metallurgist
    Former Employee - Metallurgist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work schedule
    people great to work with

    Cons

    Terrible managment
    Incompetent leaders
    Zinc prices makes it difficult for the company to grow


  7. "Supply Chain Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very fair vacation, and holiday time. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    None I can think of.


  8. "Young company needs stable management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nyrstar full-time

    Pros

    Innovative thinking, open-minded listening, opportunities for advancement. The company has great ideas and concepts, and their mission statement is idealistic and contemporary.

    Cons

    The turnover in management causes unease and uncertainty. In 2012 almost the entire local management team was fired and replaced, which was a huge mistake. And three years later, almost none of the replacements are still employed there.

    Advice to Management

    Which ones? Almost none of them are still employed there, either by their own accord (resigning) or termination. Foster a more cohesive environment for all employees so they don't live in fear of being fired (a very common and frequent fear) and appreciate the hard work and dedication many of your long-term employees have put into the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wasted Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nyrstar full-time

    Pros

    High salaries and good benefits.
    Intelligent employees at management level and below..
    Lots of potential in the future if cons can be overcome.

    Cons

    Poor cash flow performance and financial instability.
    High turnover and frequent layoffs.
    Highly political at executive level, leading to unsteady direction for entire company.

    Advice to Management

    First, admit failures in operational strategy and debt financing situation. Next, remove those who were actually responsible for those mistakes, the executives. Stop covering financial mistakes up with short-term cuts to personnel, and focus on long-term strategic pillars of the business, your customers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "An Orwellian toxic hole"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nyrstar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    above average medical and 401 K
    some decent hard working people on the plant frontline
    good basic chemical and mechanical systems to learn for you next job
    its in tennessee no state income tax

    Cons

    access to plant is awkward must locate in clarksville/montgomery county which is one of the worst big Tennessee cities to live in.
    Foreign ownership that is running plant into the ground and contaminating the local community because they don't give a rats hiney about the locals. They basically turned the plant in Port Perie, Austrailia into a toxic death zone and are doing the same thing inTennessee on a bit smaller scale but still serious. This foreign ownership is based out of Zurich with the rest of the global criminals so when the hooey hits the fan they can hide the money and their criminal hineys from the law (particularly the U.S)
    Local management are over promoted inbreed lackeys. Anyone with any sense has left for better jobs in a safer and cleaner environment
    Plant safety program is a total joke, over complex and ineffective, strictly in place to insure if anything happens its the employee's fault and never the company or the incompetent management at the plant
    I now officially hate Austrialians, i cant stand their accent and will leave anywhere i ever hear it.
    this plant will make the news in the near future and it won't be good. Major safety issues that involve serious employee harm coupled with major environmental woes that will likely result in harm to the local populace.

    Advice to Management

    advice for executives in Zurich, None you guys are some smart SOBs enjoy the money
    local management in Clarksville, don't burn any bridges with your local Walmart or McDonalds when that plant finally goes under that is the only place your incompetent hineys will be working if your lucky.


  11. "Incompetence of upper management and C-Level management"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Superintendent
    Former Employee - Procurement Superintendent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nyrstar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, enough rest time between shifts

    Cons

    Blame culture, absolute incompetence from upper management, want to run mines from the offices without being in the field.

    Advice to Management

    To the board, assign a competent CEO that has experience in mining


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