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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Reviews

Updated August 2, 2018
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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. President Edmund O Schweitzer III
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Pros
  • "Friday lunch is a catered lunch every Friday where all details of company are explained" (in 21 reviews)

  • "They treat their employees very well and encourage a healthy work-life balance" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance doesn't exist" (in 14 reviews)

  • "It's in a small town with two major universities nearby" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Best job I have ever had and the best place I have ever worked hands down."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best and hardest job I have ever had. This is the best place I have ever worked, and I have consistently had great bosses. I feel I have ownership in my work and can be creative in solutions to problems. Management communicates a great deal of information about the business with all the employees and I've never seen that type of investment at any other place I've worked.

    Cons

    I wish we had a soccer field at work.
    I wish we had a company cafeteria at work.
    I wish we had EV charging stations at work.
    My brother doesn't work here...but I keep suggesting he come.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and don't stop developing and investing in the people here. The heavy investment in a great culture keeps the company strong and company values are maintained this way. Keep insisting on integrity, quality and the high customer focus.


  2. "Software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and exciting work.

    Cons

    Career ladder is not consistent between managers

  3. "Manufacturing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Overall, it is a very good company, with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is light years away from the atmosphere in manufacturing. Those at the top are very disconnected from entry-level employees. In manufacturing, you are treated as replaceable, the wages are not commensurate with experience and there is no real career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    You have supervisory employees who are incompetent, who do not do their jobs, and retaliation is happening to anyone who speaks up.


  4. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Very technical work

    Cons

    Average Salary and not very fast paced Product churn because of the nature of the products


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Starters"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good Company for starters.
    Employee Owned
    Technically strong work group.

    Cons

    Kinda slows down and repetitive after a few years
    Horrible work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Dont micro manage and trust your employees to do the best for the org. After all it is an employee owned company.


  6. "Excellent Culture, Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, benefits are good for the area, encouraged to learn and solve problems.

    Cons

    Could be a pro or a con: Pullman is in the middle of no where with two universities sitting on it. The Palouse is a nice area, but can drag on you after some years. Schweitzer is more or less the only game in town as well, they don't really HAVE to compete on salary...


  7. "Not a fair company"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full time on day shift is great

    Cons

    Everything.
    Micro managing
    Favoritism by line leads and supervisors on the manufacturing floor
    If you try to voice your opinion you get shut down.
    They try to tell you your voice matters and change is happening but it doesnt matter and your voice doesnt matter they go on doing what they want and if you dont comply they fire you.
    Every supervisor is on their high horse.
    Most people do drugs there and supervisors dont care cause they do them too. And if they get caught they blame people lower than them.
    I could say alot more but morr is not appropriate. I know these are facts because ive expierenced them.

    Advice to Management

    Get your stuff straight. Get the right people to be leads on the floor as well as supervisors. No more favoritism. Actually listen to the assemblers they get no love when they call out people.

  8. "Great working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Team mates are very nice to help, managers are open for ideas. I like the family style work environment, everyone cares about the company and the customers.

    Cons

    Could have more career ladders in the future.


  9. "Solid Software Engineer Internship Experiencce"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and low cost of living area.

    Cons

    Mostly basic tasks, not too involved with team


  10. "Development Lead Eng"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very stable company that's never had any layoffs

    Cons

    Working remote from Pullman severely limits career options.


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