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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing and insecure future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSAB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and some co-workers. Covered parking and easy access to a highway. Nice building with gym. You can be a slacker

    Cons

    Company wants to success but is way too business conservative and very political. This causes them to have some questionable employees that take advantage of others. Some are not cut for the job or lazy, yet HR does not do anything to them being afraid of a lawsuit. Seems like like those that cut corners and cry are rewarded the most. Also seems like a bad for place for minorities. I've seen great people who wanted nothing more than the organization to succeed pushed out. Many try to figure out where the company is going and management does nothing to make them feel secure.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and do your job! Project and reward the asset employees . Don't be afraid to let go unproductive ones. Ever wonder why the competitors successful ?? They take risk and are aggressive in their vision. Don't just talk change your culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Explore other options"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I worked at SSAB full-time

    Pros

    The only pro to working in the Lisle office at this company is...uh...maybe...well the coffee is very good (although not free).

    Cons

    The company is constantly in a state of distress, or so employees are told. They like to say that they operate "lean", which is code for understaffed. Rather than hire the right people, they try to cut corners by using contractors for lengthy terms and cut them loose before the project is complete. If considering this company, be aware that the job descriptions are vague do not reflect the actual work. If you have other employment options, run from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good but not worth the stress

    Cons

    Lots of politics depends who you are is how you are treated


  4. "Worst IT leadership I have ever seen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSAB full-time

    Pros

    Good Health Benefits and 401K Match

    Cons

    Total lack of a real IT vision
    Favoritism is the rule of the IT organization
    Leadership will "talk down" at you and push blame for issues off to those they do not favor
    Lack of accountability of the leadership.
    Always in a "hiring freeze mode" and not able to bring contractors on Fulltime after they have been told it will be a 6 month contract to hire gig.

    Advice to Management

    You need to realize that an entire change is needed in the IT upper management if you want to leverage technology to improve the organization


  5. "IT not for you"

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

    I have been working at SSAB full-time

    Pros

    Great health-care benefits
    Reasonable work hours

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant throughout the company, if you are not liked, you will never be promoted. When the company is doing poorly they place a hiring freeze which has been ongoing for 2 years now. Even though other managers are allowed to recruit new employees. Current managers are horrible, and treat their employees like dogs, when they do well, they get a "treat", when they do poorly, everyone is severely punished and even bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at your current managers and see how miserable their people are.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a place to stay if you value your career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SSAB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good medical / dental / vision benefits

    Cons

    While there are some very good and bright individuals leading areas (sales, finance, shared services as examples), there are areas like IT that are run with a "I know better than you because I am a director" mentality. It only takes time before every individual in IT is used as the scape goat for managements poor decisions so that they do not take the blame.
    - No training provided to allow growth
    - Do not question those above you or you will be alienated
    - Do not complain about your treatment to those above your manager.
    - Salary is below the average in the area
    - Technologies used are old and not money is spent to investigate newer products

    Advice to Management

    Senior management and HR need to open their eyes to some of the issues they have with people in leadership roles and make major changes, People do not leave because of the company, They leave because of the people they report to pushing blame down and not taking accountability for anything.


  7. "Good money, worst management in the world at SSAB Montpelier"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Other than the money, I do not have a single positive thing to say

    Cons

    Management in the primary end is all corrupt and promotion is based solely on the "buddy system". They keep a shining safety record by imposing the fear of being suspended without pay or terminated for reporting an injury.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone from Montpelier primary end management up to the head of HR in Lisle should resign, the company, and certainly the employees, are better off without you.

  8. "Hire contractors fire contractors"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are professional and nice. In Lisle it's a quality building and good environment

    Cons

    The IT department is a chop shop revolving door. Beware of promises of longevity many contractors are hired then fired within weeks. Massive turnover.
    Terrible architectural design laws enforced in IT. If you must work with this architecture it is a nightmare to orchestrate. They use Novell and Groupwise. They use personality tests to heavily measure your IQ and competence for employment.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that information and experience is important and try to retain employees.


  9. "operator"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Oxelösund (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Operator in Oxelösund (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Money and no more actually

    Cons

    markedly nepotism ; totally ignore people if they disagree with their culture to go out drinking with friends

    Advice to Management

    stop taking in more people who look and thinking like you


  10. "beware"

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    Former Employee - CNC BURNER in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - CNC BURNER in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good health benifits . good location

    Cons

    you have to know someone or be related to management to get anywhere with this company. the favoritism runs rampant. local management team is awful they have been found by the labor relations board to bully and use intimidation tactics on their employees. I was an employee there for 20+ years and feel used an abused. they are now running a scab crew behind a legal picket line , I doubt if they will be around locally for very long. they have become the laughing stock of the industry. wages are sub par. not near industry standards ..

    Advice to Management

    grow up


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