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Schnitzer Steel Reviews

Updated February 4, 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. "Good Company to Work For"

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    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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Plenty of room"

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    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.


  4. 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.


  5. "to many ideas not alot of planning"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benifits and insurance Good pay

    Cons

    To many bossesTo many hours

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees


  6. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment. People are great.

    Cons

    Too decentralized and no rotational program.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Transportation Manager"

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    Former Employee - Transportation Supervisor in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Transportation Supervisor in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Original management treated employees great and rewarded them.

    Cons

    Excessive management turnover. I had 6 bosses in under 4 years.

  8. "Pick N Pull"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Training are fantastic. The pay is good and safety is a priority.

    Cons

    Pick N Pull has a history of hiring worthless regional directors and V.P.'s which makes site management difficult. The EHS department has entirely too much power and has a history of self righteous and self centric inspectors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, that's it

    Cons

    They know what they do

    Advice to Management

    You know what you do


  10. "Fun casual work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Schnitzer Steel full-time

    Pros

    The yard managers were great to work with. They're direct to the point, and don't sugar coat much which I appreciate it. They encourage you to work independently or as team and don't micro manage you. They provide lunch or bbq's for us periodically for various reasons such as so many days without injuries ect which makes us feel appreciated.
    The small tight knit group of employees knows each other on first name basis and for the most part have a positive re pore with each other. They work well together ensuring a positive yard experience for customers and successful team. I enjoyed working with all of them and considered them my 2nd family.
    Although the bonuses and raises are little to be desired, they pay is decent and the benefits are good. A combination of all making my experience there a valued one.

    Cons

    Corporate has a hold on the yards from a far and doesn't take into consideration the needs of the individual yard. They group the yards together and rather than looking at each yards success and struggles which has hindered the yard. The raises and bonuses are minimal at the yard level employees while corporate level employees are receiving large bonuses and lunch on the company everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate pay increases, bonuses and individual yard needs. The employees are starting to feel disposable due to multiple lay-offs and that the company has no loyalty to long time or hard working employees. The only down side to working at Schnitzer was the corporate side, I loved every other aspect.

    Schnitzer Steel Response

    Feb 5, 2016 – Senior Human Resources Specialist

    Please come talk to me.


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