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  1. "If your looking for an IT career look elsewhere!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Pros

    Good Medical Benefits
    5% matching 401K
    Co-workers are easy to get along with

    Cons

    True "Buddy System" in management
    Very top heavy IT organization for a small group
    Lack of real leadership in the IT area
    Poor communication from leadership
    Pay is lower than can be found for other companies in the area
    Profit sharing and bonuses are rare

    The IT organization within this company is NOT where a talented and ambitious individual wants to be if they are looking to use new technologies, be treated with respect and feel you are part of a team.

    True leadership is lacking within the IT organization that would help the talented individuals they would like to have, understand what their tasks are and help them achieve them to benefit the company.
    Instead what is in place is a leadership team does not set direction or goals from above and then questions employees why they are making the decisions they do.
    The application development group lacks a leader that understands technology and how to lead individuals. Instead there is a "Leadership using fear" mentality that drives moral as low as it can go and does not communicate at all with the employees.

    The majority of IT employees are brought in as a "6 month contract to hire" and then are never hired even after 18 months or longer. In my years here I have seen many individuals finally quit to take a full time position since the company keeps saying "they are going to be hired but there is a freeze right now". The company is a revolving door of IT employees/contractors and do not understand the amount of technical knowledge that is loss with each individual that leaves.

    Advice to Management

    SSAB corporate out of Sweden needs to look at the Americas IT organization and revamp the application group leadership and structure. You are losing to many talented individuals due to the poor leadership that is currently in place.


  2. "Buddy System"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Steel Worker in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Steel Worker in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SSAB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great benefits and great pay if you the person that wants to make your bosses rich and you have just enough for what you need to survive this is the Job for you. Bonus has been 75% plus since I been with the company.

    Cons

    -Buddy system when trying to move up, they don't look at what you have done or even your background, you will often have people in charge with a HS diploma and that don't have a clue about the process. The management are all drinking buddy's would have a problem with it if they were competent.

    Advice to Management

    -Let HR do the promoting and leave the Superintendent's out of the process because they only look out for their own friends
    -Need to do anther voice survey soon before all your experience people leave when new companies arrive in the area


  3. "Smart contractors are enemies"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Lisle, IL
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SSAB as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location, free parking, cubicles made for privacy

    Cons

    Dual monitors are mystery to them. Machines are not most up to date, no SSD drives for developer to do quick compilations.

    Very stressful and strict atmosphere, although they are ok with small talk between employs.
    Because the company's roots of business are manufacturing, no flexible hours, everybody must clock in and clock out (by HID readers)

    If you are smart you may get into argument with employees, they will not value that, rather treat you as an enemy. If they require 5 years experience and you will have only 3 go work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Use the resources that you pay for


  4. "SSAB Production Operator Primary End Montpelier, Iowa"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Montpelier, IA
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Montpelier, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SSAB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financial Compensation, Health and Medical Benefits

    Cons

    The Employee is very restricted in regards to upward mobility and professional growth. The Management is untrustworthy and abusive. The Workforce is intimidated and submissive. The Management Style and the Hiring Practices are discriminative and nepotistic. I wasted ten plus years here only to get older, nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    Here’s my advice. If you want the company to grow, you must allow growth within the workforce. Allow employees to move up and encourage a professional development plan. Introduce a qualification strategy for the employee to obtain higher income or higher positions of responsibility. Give the workforce personal feedback. Don't hire your relatives, it is called nepotism! Treat all employees with respect, don’t bully them into submission. Trust the workforce. Promote and hire actual supervisors not (relatives or favorites), so if a conflict arises it can be handled properly and without discrimination. Just because the company pays well does not mean the management can be abrasive and abusive to the workforce. After ten plus years I left and found better working conditions.


  5. "IT perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSAB full-time

    Pros

    Overall co-workers are good and most are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    No IT strategy in general. Most projects are fire-drills and treated as one-offs, but there is the expectation of a high-level of integration. Turnover is very high and technology is critically out of date for primary systems. IT is treated as a political problem and not about process and technology. Mindset is very short term, budgets are limited and communication overall is poor when it comes down to necessary information to do a job right.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and take a comprehensive look at your systems and where you want to be 5 years from now.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics on top floor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy level on operational levels
    In the line functions, people are devoted to do whatever they can to serve the customers
    Excellent working atmosphere in the steel plant in Luleå

    Cons

    Limited mandate in managerial positons
    Too much top-down steering, no empowerment
    Politically infected top floor

    Advice to Management

    Develop the talents you have within the company rather than killing their enthusiasm with politically infected moves


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