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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Schnitzer Steel President, CEO, and Director Tamara L. Lundgren
Tamara L. Lundgren
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Pros
  • Decent pay and benefits, some of the coworkers are great (in 6 reviews)

  • Thee were a lot of really great people working there and we made some good friends (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours because employees who are left must try to pick up the slack (in 5 reviews)

  • If you are related to upper management or long time buddies you are secure no matter how terrible of a person or employee you may be (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are great, easy to work with. Project work always fun and challenging

    Cons

    No negatives to report, great company


  2. "Good Company to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team, Good Benefits, Solid work enviroment

    Cons

    Overly Corporate, overly focused on short term rather than making decisions to benefit long term growth.


  3. "NE Dispatcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people in the New England Region.

    Cons

    Overlooking some of the daily activities of job performances.


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  5. "Site Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    Pay is okay, benefits are decent.

    Cons

    extremely dirty work environment. HR is a joke


  6. "Office Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    Being able to help customers and learn as you. Be a team leader and being able to travel from location to location. Great benefits and paid time off.

    Cons

    Management in place are unfair and basis

    Advice to Management

    Change


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    10 years ago it was a good place to work at since time has gone downhill each year

    Cons

    Company babies crane operators that load ships These operators use FMLA to only work when shift are here other people can't get FMLA

    Advice to Management

    management Love employees to suck up to them. Some management have no clue whatsoever others want to do 100 things at once but never getting anywhere .show management a solution but they do not like it because they didn't think of it


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Save yourself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Operations in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, nice corporate location and office, paid holidays, a free candy bar for your birthday, and a liberal company policy allowing mentally unstable persons to be placed in managerial roles

    Cons

    Long hours because employees who are left must try to pick up the slack
    Very High stress
    Lots of turnover through layoffs and voluntary attrition
    Low morale
    Lack of solid leadership cultivates an environment where backbiting, gossiping, and other toxic behaviors thrive
    Some extremely unprofessional managers
    CEO lives on the East Coast making it much easier to let people go when you never meet them
    CEO is a former investment banker. Having never done the real work in the industry, she's completely out of touch. One of the lowest approval ratings of any Fortune 1000 CEO and one of the lowest company ratings on Glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    Notice HR will probably add some comment about tough times in the industry...but check the ratings and comments on other metal/steel companies and you will see the difference


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Senior employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay but you bleed for it

    Cons

    Horrible management from the top down. Huge good ole boy network throughout the company in each region. Cut throat from top down. Money is king when times get tough your're out.

    Advice to Management

    Just quit and before you go get rid of the CEO and board of trusties.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Benefits Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn, especially if you enjoy audits and problem solving.

    Cons

    Not a collaborative or supportive environment what so ever, people are out to get eachother, passive aggressive and very little support from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and listen to their cries for help. Let loose the bully's who are chasing away your true talent!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Plenty of room"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for growth since people leave often.
    The employees at corporate are great to work with
    You don't work holidays
    Competitive benefits w/ matching 401k
    Great location
    Treat day-once a month there are deserts (and sometimes prizes) for birthdays, anniversaries, and employee recognition.

    Cons

    So many people leave because it's too stressful. They're understaffed and overworked due to recent layoffs.
    They seem to pay based on experience, rather than performance.

    Advice to Management

    Employees would be more inclined to stick around if they were compensated for hard work with annual pay increases for performance, or at the very least increases to meet inflation.

    Employees can perform well in the same role for years without a raise in pay (a small yearly bonus IF the company is doing well isn't enough).

    Flexible schedules are also needed. Allowing more flexibility with the work week would be great.



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