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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. President Edmund O Schweitzer III
Edmund O Schweitzer III
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  • Work/Life balance doesn't exist (in 12 reviews)

  • It's in a small town with two major universities nearby (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Assembler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you work hard, show up on time, try to learn everything you can as quickly as you can, and have a good attitude, you will succeed in this company. Having a good bit of integrity, as well as a willingness to do some menial work from time to time, you will be alright.

    Cons

    There's a large amount of nepotism within the company. But it's not noticeable at the entry level, and doesn't affect the workplace.


  2. "Best Company I ever worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SEL is an amazing place to work. Great people. Great products. Great Leadership. The ESOP is unbelievably good.

    Cons

    If you live in Pullman its a bit of a drive to Lowe's.

    Advice to Management

    Never go public.


  3. "Manufacturing Documentation Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    SEL was a great place to build a career, go to school, and put money away in the form of a very generous stock option plan for employees. They seem committed to hiring from within.

    Cons

    SEL's work/life balance gets frequent knocks from people. The culture in the shop floor was very tribal, which was a downside of hiring from within.

    Advice to Management

    Spell out if MFG documentation has any rights to appeal requests to change documentation from the shop floor (they should, as they're responsible for its content, maintenance, and correcting any errors). Not having a mandate from above creates toxicity in what should be a very close and collaborative partnership between the shop floor and MFG documentation, who is a team of expert and always-on-standby technical writers culled directly from the floor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    excellent benefits (health, catered Friday lunch)

    Cons

    some managers should NOT be managing people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, easy to burnout."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineering Technician in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineering Technician in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    OT augments mediocre wage nicely. Employee ownership allows you to make or break your career. Lots of very technically smart people as a resource, if you can figure out how to find what you need.

    Cons

    Nothing stopping you from doing too much but you. A very deep "If I don't hear anything bad it must be fine" mentality pervades everything. Causes employees to have difficulty getting recognition for anything positive but small, and allows management to be appear equally successful wether they solve problems or simply shut down a communications channel.

    Advice to Management

    You should try looking where you want to go with your metrics instead of focusing on where you don't. If someone can't show positive data, assume negative or mediocrity, not the other way around. Consider cutting back on benefits to increase wages.


  7. "SEL - Pullman review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with very talented workforce

    Cons

    Location is remote with worst air service.


  8. "Great place to work for married professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great insurance plan. The company is in a steady developing phase.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low compared to other industry.


  9. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits. Very community oriented company.

    Cons

    Salaries are not up to par with other companies. Management seems to make a lot of mistakes.


  10. "Superisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company. Great Values, employee owned, make you really feel like an owner. Reasonable compensation, great 401K. Great location if you want to live in a really safe, quiet area.

    Cons

    At times and depending on position, not great life work balance. Location is really boring.


  11. "Overall a good place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Current Employee - Senior Assembler in Lewiston, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits with a health clinic on site.

    Cons

    As an assembler you don't get treated as equally.


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