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Ryerson Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and they have some great managers (in 15 reviews)

  • Great people, great environment to work in as the individuals in higher positions really take the time to teach (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect upper management to be rude and passive aggressive (in 7 reviews)

  • It takes a lot for the Inside Sales Manager to interact with his employees; don't expect to have much interaction with management at all (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Onward and upward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Confiential in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Confiential in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Things are improving year after year

    Cons

    SAP computer system causes lower productivity and higher margins making it difficult to compete in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade SAP ASAP!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company that has potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Coon Rapids, MN
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Coon Rapids, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great training programs.
    -Great opportunities for development.
    -Consistent leader in the metals industry.

    Cons

    -Slow computer systems
    -Sub-Par ecommerce
    -90's software to manage the whole country.

    Advice to Management

    To keep more of your human capital, invest in greater technology. Especially our main software of making sales.


  3. "overall good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -management, professionalism, freedom to do job, experienced inside sales team

    Cons

    flexibility on orders & pricing
    commissions-changed plan too much-not attainable.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "OK company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shreveport, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ryerson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time is earned rapidly. One week after 6mo of service. Two weeks after 1yr of service and three weeks after 5yrs. Four weeks after 15yrs.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians. The Shreveport location lacks leadership, other locations this may not be the case. As a company, they focus too much on sales employees and almost ignore operations and warehouse employees. They are constantly looking to improve the sales force while never paying any attention to making improvements in the operations force. Decisions are made by people with no working knowledge of the day to day work. Current CEO'S slogan of "Say yes. Figure it out. " is a slap in the face of operations personnel who must follow rules, regulations,policies and procedures. Raises are nonexistent other than the miniscule cost of living increase. Company is eager to hire college educated idiots rather than people with actual skill.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Company is great but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Upper management is willing to speak and work with anyone, regardless of position or title
    -Benefits are awesome (but I

    Cons

    -Expectations of reps are sometimes Unrealistic
    -Sales incentive structure is elementary at best

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage your employees better


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great environment to work in as the individuals in higher positions really take the time to teach .

    Cons

    Advancement can be limited if you are not truly open to relocation.


  8. "OSR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OSR in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - OSR in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to grow your skill set

    Cons

    Must be mobile in order to advance

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new training programs.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Throw people under the bus - get promoted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ryerson full-time

    Pros

    Average company with average benefits-stable employment for people that don't want to better themselves. Most people leave after 1-2 years so there is a major gap in ages. You are either new or you've worked here for 20+ years.

    Cons

    People love to throw one another under the bus daily. If you do this enough you are looked at as promoteable. Think high school tattletales but 40-50 year old people doing the tattling...

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the people that do their jobs like they are worthless just because the guy that doesn't do anything has tickets to the game on Saturday for you...


  10. Helpful (3)

    "25 Yrs at Ryerson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Waukesha, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ryerson (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a great place to work. Ryerson was highly respected within the industry by their competition as well as their customers.

    Cons

    Than, their reputation did not matter to the next administration. The current condition of the steel industry is unfortunate. Many will not be able to ride it out.

    Advice to Management

    None. They do not listen. They will insist on making their "mark" by making changes "good" for the company, some work but some don't. If it does not work, go back to the way it was.


  11. "Momentum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We are experiencing an opportunity to reshape the steel service industry. The current and previous CEO's are from outside the service center industry, and have brought a different vision to a very traditional business in a very traditional industry. Our sights are no longer set on being the best in the metal service center industry, our sights are set on finding ways to compete with service leaders across all industries. The speed of change is brisk, yet manageable and a little refreshing for a long term employee! Its a good time to be part of Ryerson as we are outperforming the industry, and it feels like we have many competitors that are trying to keep up!

    Cons

    Not a con, but a reality. We are what we are....a steel service center & processing company. We are working to thrive in the manufacturing business in the US. Glitz and glamour we are not! Part of the backbone of the US manufacturing business we are!

    Advice to Management

    Keep your foot on the gas. Best its been in 20+ years.

    We do need to find a way to create opportunities to move within the company. Moving up doesn't have the be the only option, maybe consider lateral moves or exchanges to keep people fresh, exploring new challenges, and expanding skill set.



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