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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. "Site Manager"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity at plain sight"

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    Current Employee - Assistant
    Current Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start off. Good benefits. Good training. Meet many people from many backgrounds, travel to different cities. They employ all types of people with all types of experience. Anyone that can learn something can come on board.

    Cons

    Everyone is in it for themselves. Tug of war of power among management that many times drags co workers along with them. Little care for family, management focuses on how much is the most you can work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees fill out anonymous questionaires about your company along with the yearly reviews. If you are willing to make this a good workplace, listen and fix those complaints. Ive worked in many places and never experienced such a strain work atmosphere.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Senior employee"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, enjoyed working with coworkers

    Cons

    Company outlook is poor, no job security

    Advice to Management

    Change can be a good thing


  5. Helpful (1)

    "ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cartersville, GA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cartersville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, some of the coworkers are great

    Cons

    They promote according to who kisses up to proper upper echelon. They say that they care about their employees and have a number that you can call if something unsavory happens but all it is for is to cover their own backs. If you are one of the "privileged ones" then you can get away with anything. I eventually left when I saw that I would never be promoted despite glowing reviews each year.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. If they are leaving in droves then there is a problem with management and not employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Contact Center Representative"

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    Former Employee - Contact Center Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Contact Center Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a job that paid some of my bills. They offered pretty good benefits

    Cons

    - Management needs additional training
    - Does not promote from within
    - Very low moral
    - Not not thoroughly vet applicants

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees, and train management staff. The moral is very low, due to management not recognizing employees.


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    "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snohomish, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    "wore various hats"; challenges allowed employees procurement of any number of skills to add to experiences, i.e., communication, introduction to new procedures, practices and protocol;

    Cons

    Corporate plants uneducated, lack of experience, socially inept youngsters in management/supervisory position(s); unqualified individuals "in charge of the boys club", infected with nepotism, nurtured poor moral = a poisonous work environment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Look Somewhere Else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    salary ok... but you out in so many hours and time on the road-it's not worth it.

    Cons

    Good Ole boy regime. They talk a good game but don't walk the talk.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great company"

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

    Pros

    Small and interesting company with lots of opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Recent reorganization has left everyone confused and dazed and on a downward spiral of chasing cost cutting without regard to future vision.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics -- your talented people! Before they are all gone.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Save yourself the heartache"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits, fair amount of paid holidays and time off.

    Cons

    The minute the market crashes they lay off as many people as they can. Then they continue to pile the laid off employees duties on to those still employed - over and over and over. One person is suddenly now equivalent to two or three. This creates a highly stressful and depressing workplace. Not to mention the regional director likes to thinks that lies he tells will you keep you satisfied, talking to everyone as if it is all a temporary hiccup. Even when the market returns they never let you rehire new employees. Why should they, now they can pay less and overwork the existing employees. I loved working for Schnitzer, and, thought I would retire with them. After six years I couldn't be more disappointed with the poor management on almost every level of the SW region. 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.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are a key asset to a growing business. Start treating them right or watch the competition run the industry. You should be disappointed in your company.


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