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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

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

  • Great team, Good Benefits, Solid work enviroment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours in all kinds of weather (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. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Everett, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Everett, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, room for growth

    Cons

    The scrap business is very demanding and if you want to be successful you must put in a boatload of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "SLIMY FROM THE TOP DOWN"

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    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schnitzer Steel is a public company

    Cons

    How can anyone complain when working at Schnitzer? Take one minute to review comments about our business practices. As a Corporate employee, intelligence does not matter. Instead being friends with management is the only way to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Management are great people - They don’t even acknowledge us on the elevator

  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.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Save yourself"

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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


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Benefits Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Plenty of room"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "WA yard worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Schnitzer Steel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, union job, good benefits. BBQ once in-while. New Managers and HR to hopefully make positive changes. If you can survive the layoffs you could maybe move up.

    Cons

    Turnover is high, quarterly layoffs. management needs to talk to us more. Safety is first but not with new lady. She needs to come in the yard and see what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Get out get to know us workers in yard and say "thank you"

  8. Helpful (3)

    "CASHIER"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and Pay you do have holidays off

    Cons

    Management are complete lies they do not care about you or your family


  9. Helpful (1)

    "My husband liked it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    This company offered flexible hours and good pay. Thee were a lot of really great people working there and we made some good friends. The yard was close to our apartment and Tacoma is a great little town on the Puget Sound.

    Cons

    There was always some uncertainty in the job responsibilities and it was often difficult to figure out what the executive branch really wanted. Frequent layoffs and downsizing, along with remote management (eat coast) made for a lot of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the operation of your yards and stop throwing people away to improve your bottom line. Reduce salaries of executives and quit over-hiring if you want to make more money.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The blind leading the blind"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New England, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New England, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much decent dental insurance and the workers in yard are hard working good people that make schnitzer profits not the overpaid fools running it into the ground

    Cons

    Management r overpaid and have no idea what they r doing. No HR whatsoever only show up here and there to cause trouble. Equipment falling apart due to the inexperienced people they hire to operate, maybe they will realize when someone gets severely injured.

    Advice to Management

    Walk away you are a bunch of thiefs


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