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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Nov 6, 2019

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3.9
82%
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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories President Edmund O Schweitzer III
Edmund O Schweitzer III
261 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good job of informing employees of company direction with Friday lunch(in 38 reviews)

  • "Relax work environment, healthy workload(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good benefits. I feel like management will work with me towards my career goals. They are also paying for me to attend college classes and work towards a degree.

    Cons

    Work life balance. Sometimes I am pressured to work overtime. Project deadlines are sometimes unmeetable.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2015-11-29
  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer 

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good values and Customer focused

    Cons

    Mostly Poor work life balance

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2019-11-07
  3. "A great place for learning power system protection!"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good job environment, and immense learning opportunities!

    Cons

    Compensation is quite average and work processes are not streamlined. The HR department needs to up its game!

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2019-10-15
  4. Helpful (11)

    "Great company, but boring work - Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has possibly the best employee benefits of any company you will ever work for: generous retirement contributions, great health/vision/dental insurance, free life insurance, an on-site health clinic, a large and well-equipped on-site gym, an on-site daycare, free lunch on Fridays, and many other great benefits. The compensation is fairly competitive considering the low cost of living in the Pullman, WA area. They treat their employees very well and encourage a healthy work-life balance. (As an engineer, I rarely have to work more than 40 hours a week.) The company leadership has a great vision of how they want the company to grow. The company is expanding rapidly but stably and has yet to lay off any employees. The founder and CEO of the company, Ed Schweizter, is intelligent, inspirational, and has a great attitude. I have no doubt that SEL will grow to be a successful multi-billion dollar company in the future. At SEL, you get to work on products that improve quality of life throughout the world by making electric power grids safer, more reliable, and more economical. The work provides unique experience on developing high quality, rugged industrial products. It also gives valuable experience in understanding how to design and test products to meet regulatory standards (FCC, CE, UL, IEEE, etc).

    Cons

    Working at SEL is boring. There aren't many new product development projects, so most of the engineering work is just sustaining or doing maintenance on 20-year old products. (Finding alternates to obsolete parts, making products lead-free, reducing BOM cost, etc.) The sustaining work isn't very challenging and often doesn't have a hard-set deadline, so it's easy to fall into a bad habit of twiddling your thumbs and doing hardly anything for weeks on end. Opportunities to work on new designs are few and far between, and they only seems to be assigned by luck of the draw. Performing well on a project doesn't increase your chances of getting more interesting work in the future. The lack of development work makes it difficult to gain basic circuit design experience and grow your engineering skillset. Also, this company loves documentation. Around 75% of the day-to-day work is spent writing test procedures, reports, specifications, design reviews, etc. The company has a culture of diving deep into the details, making sure every corner case is covered, and documenting everything along the way. This is great for developing high quality products, but unfortunately it tends to go past the point of necessity and begins to feel like a waste of time (especially when you're working on a simple design change). Sitting at the desk writing and reviewing documents all day isn't very fun. Finally, the company doesn't foster a fun atmosphere. We don't celebrate much, and management discourages fun activities like dressing up for Halloween, decorating people's desks, and those sort of camaraderie-building diversions that brighten the workday. While all the employees are very friendly, the work atmosphere itself is straight-laced and serious.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2018-01-03
  5. Helpful (18)

    "It’s who you know not what you do that matters"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent free lunch on fridays. Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Hard to grow your career. Lots of Group think. Nepotism runs the company, promotions are given based on who is friends with who, family members are promoted rapidly without merit. People are often handpicked for job opportunities giving outsiders little to no chance. HR recruiters will hire friends and family first often passing over more qualified candidates.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-12-03
  6. "Manufacturing Documentation Specialist"

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

    I worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time for 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.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-04-26
  7. "Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits Pay is competitive

    Cons

    Work/Life balance doesn't exist A lot of overtime

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-04-24
  8. "Great place to work for married professional"

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

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

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-03-14
  9. "Solid company"

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

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories for more than a year

    Pros

    Consistent projects, meaningful work, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow paced, not a lot of cutting edge stuff going on.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-02-01
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, Depending on group work can be dry"

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

    I have been working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge amount of benefits working at SEL: health clinic, gym, 401K, Employee Stock Ownership Program. Work is very steady. Every Friday the entire company comes together to eat lunch, and presentations are given about what is happening in the company as a whole. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    This depends on the group that you work in, but the work that you actually do potentially could be very dry. I worked in software and developed xml drivers for relays, which was mostly tedious work. Also there's a lot of churn with different groups, so projects usually end up taking way longer than anticipated. SEL is a big company, so there's a lot of bureaucracy that you have to face when trying to advocate for a change in process or a new project. SEL loves process, and favors that over adopting modern technologies. If you're a software engineer that wants to work on software that uses some hot new framework or library, SEL most likely won't be a good fit. Their flagship software product called QuickSet is a 20 year old Delphi application. Almost every project I've worked on involves maintenance work. On the spectrum of "cool, hip startup" to "enterprise corporation" SEL is a lot more on the corporation side.

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    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories2017-01-29

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