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Updated February 8, 2018
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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. President Edmund O Schweitzer III
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 32 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. "Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    Great way to learn about the corporate world and where you could fit into it after college.

    Cons

    If you're going to be an intern here it is a very professional environment depending on the department you work in. You always need to be on your game because you never know if you're going to be introduced to do a Schweitzer or not. You should always have your elevator pitch ready.

    Advice to Management

    Actively try to make your interns a part of the team rather than an assistant to the team. If you want an intern to continue employment at SEL after they graduate it would be a good idea to make them feel fully involved.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pullman offers a small town environment and commute to work is pretty easy. And it also offers great neighborhoods. Easy to put your career in auto pilot mode.

    Cons

    SEL generally pays less for employees. HRs don't alert employees about deadlines for health benefits. They care less about employees. Watch out for any deadlines yourself by not getting too much involved in your work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for engineering roles.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "R&D Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Secure job if you keep out of the way of the managers. ESOP can be a great asset for you in the long run. Health benefit is good for the area but average overall within the country. Friday lunch meeting is fun although take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

    Cons

    Generally engineering salaries are very low and massive overtime is somewhat expected. This company is plagued with exceptionally bad R&D managers who do not care for their employees, only about the insane deadlines of their projects. Bigger the project, the more likely you will end up in a multi-year death march and there is no turning that ship around. Unfortunately this is very systematic and same project management mistakes are done over and over again. Despite the company being employee owned you won’t get to make any decisions which is a shame because this company has potential to be so much better.

    Advice to Management

    I’m afraid they won’t listen. They are too busy choosing the interior of their next private jet airplane or excessive surveillance of their employee owners.


  4. "project engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good culture, good people, great place

    Cons

    too much expectations, little support


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complete with an enormous manufacturing facility, SEL offers a wide range of engineering opportunities from concept, spec and design to validation, manufacturing, and application support.

    Cons

    Pullman Washington isn't the best location for everyone.

    Also, being in the energy protection business comes with a mountain of regulations. Design work often takes a less creative path for the safest course through compliance type testing.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee-owned company that doesn't let the quarterly earnings influence its customer support and investment plans. Invests for the long term.
    Smart engineers that build great equipment.

    Cons

    Very family-run business (even though it is employee owned). Don't question or challenge the executives. They will use FBI level surveillance on you to find a reason to fire you. Surveillance includes monitoring all email, IMs, cell phone text and voice conversations and even using advanced listening gear to hear conversations outside.
    Need to provide objectives for employees and let them implement them and not micromanage them. Let them do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so paranoid about what your employees are saying and focus on the competition. Use HP philosophy of trusting that people will do the right thing. Provide them objectives and give them the freedom to implement them. Use Frank to identify cyber threats - not monitor employees.


  7. "Senior Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assembler
    Current Employee - Senior Assembler
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community, people focused, team environment, great values

    Cons

    None, none, none, and none.

  8. "Not a bad place, they take care of their employees... to an extent."

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    Former Employee - Assembler
    Former Employee - Assembler
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are incredible, they even have a daycare, school, doctor, and fitness center. Steady work, you will never get laid off.

    Cons

    Being a major manufacturer, they really struggle to find enough employees, especially assemblers. That's hard to do in a tiny town like Pullman. The employees they have still work 6 days a week (at least they did), and it's a grind. While the benefits are great, the SALARIES suck. Management tends to be snobby and they seem to think SEL is the hottest gig in town, and though turnover for assemblers is high, they think you should consider yourself lucky to have a job with them.

    Advice to Management

    For the type of jobs you offer and the qualifications you ask for (like a 4-year degree in positions that don't really need it), you need to raise your salaries. Assemblers should be earning $17 an hour, minimum.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch on Fridays. Lucrative ESOP somewhat makes up for sub-par compensation levels and insurance. Many of the lower level managers are actually nice. Work can be interesting, but it's hard to focus on it because of all the politics.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism. Cult of personality centered on founder. Very conservative, traditional company averse to adopting progressive policies. Sub-par compensation levels and insurance. Upper management stacked with bullies. Palouse area isn't a very vibrant or exciting place, and is just far enough away from real civilization to be frustrating. Friday lunch presentations are little more than cheerleading. Negative news is only shared after the consequences of some disastrous decision have become self-evident, and the company realizes that it has to clear the air.

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't do any good.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "assemler"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Pullman, WA
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company and good benefits and steady or the same routine if you like steady schedule

    Cons

    boring and doing the same thing with the same people for about 5 to 6 days out of week and you have to watch what you say because anyone can go up to HR and report you

    Advice to Management

    less micro manging


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