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Steiner Electric Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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  1. "Steiner - 100 Years of Tradition, History and Values"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From my personal experience, company culture and values matter. Steiner has been built by the valuable ideas of employees over the last 100 years. Everyone has the choice to participate. The President & CEO continues to provide leadership, vision and strategic planning to drive market share and growth. A company that provides tradition, history and a sense of ownership, not seen very much in the business environment today.

    Cons

    The focus on performance has been difficult for some employees to adapt to changes that have been required for a company to thrive for over 100 years.

    Advice to Management

    Management has successfully been able to balance a family business within a corporate structure while preserving a culture of strong values. Continue to provide opportunities for employees to participate in the future of the company and allow us to become the next generation to drive growth and sustainability for the next 100 years.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Such a shame"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    USED TO BE A GOOD PLACE TO WORK

    Cons

    I have given Steiner 15 years of loyalty and had the opportunity to advance (slowly). The recent change in management has alienated and confused long time employees, the average tenure at Steiner used to be 15 to 20 years. Now it's going down 8-10, not because people are retiring but because their leaving or worst had their positions "eliminated ". I used to love this company but I really never understood why it became so greedy and cheap. In my 15 year I alway had an outstanding performance review but no raises fo 5-6 years (yikes) was too much for me to bear. Their is definitely a lot of favoritism going on. The current CEO/Owner should be ashamed of what's happening, if the previous CEO's could see how the employees are being treated I sure they will disagree. Good luck to the people still working there, and to all looking to work there I strongly advise to look elsewhere. If Steiner's customers knew how they treat people I seriously doubt if they will continue to do business with them.

    Advice to Management

    You should go call back all the good people that left and had their positions mysteriously "eliminated" pay them competitively and you would have a winning team that know your business and the industry. These are the people who contributed a significant portion of their career life to get you 100 years! They should be rewarded not eliminated.

    Steiner Electric Response

    Apr 13, 2017 – VP HR

    We are sorry that you have had this experience. Please reach out to your manager or send a note back at HumanResources@stnr.com. We would like to understand your experience and perception of the ... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Letting Unethical Practices Happen, for their own Greed!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    not many, the chosen few get rewarding again and again, where very good employees get look over because they are not in the inner circle of Steiner

    Cons

    Lying, Deceiting, and justifying unethical practices to satisfy their own Greed!

    Advice to Management

    Know what is going on and why key employees decide to leave because they are tired of being mistreated, lied to and taken from for your own selfish gain!

    Steiner Electric Response

    Apr 13, 2017 – VP HR

    We have multiple ways for employees to raise and resolve a concern (conversations with manager, suggestion box, compliance hotlines (English and Spanish) and email.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well known name, broad product lines

    Cons

    Company relies on past reputation. CEO is a Jeckyl/Hyde personality. Benefits are terrible, especially high medical premiums.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees with respect. A management shakeup is needed from top to bottom. CEO should quit micromanaging every detail of everyone's job.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Unfair Treatment, Labor and Nepotism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Former Employee ( Anonymous ) in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Former Employee ( Anonymous ) in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Just to say few, The will let me work there as long they assigns me with difficult task cause nobody wants to do the job like I do! End of year bonus. annual company cook-outs. You get a free drink and ice-cream during hot summer at work.

    As for the person who made a comment on July - 23 -2015. I like to point it out that some of us are being called "Goy". If you don't understand the terms; it is a Hebrew term of calling us Christans "Non-Jew". This is the main reason why we get the treatment like an animals. No questions. At Steiner, we do not have the same avenues of communication, this is more than two way streets. You don't know what is going on with upper hands employees, cause they view us lower hands different. And yes, nepotism that has been going on at work place render it difficult for some of us.

    Cons

    Years of BAD experiences
    I got raise, but no promotion
    I was treated like a dirt
    I was falsified accused for online porn
    Friends let friends get promotion
    You won't get promotion for doing a honest work
    Warehouse manager turning place like Stanford and Sons Salvage
    If you get a warehouse job, you will be confined there like a "Lifer"
    Loafer doesn't do anything
    One of former supervisor made a serious threats to some of us
    Seven years hiatus of no job review
    Nepotism is a joke, not only at the headquarter, but at many branches as well
    A guy made a fake job order print-out that sexually harrased at his former female counterpart
    Rules were given and immediately everyone simplified broke it
    They will say anything that is made against me and get away with it
    They can't keeps aisle clean and many boxes cluttered all over
    And yes, they turns one person against others.

    Advice to Management

    What you are doing, just take care of yourself.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "ETHNIC CLEANSING and WHITE PRIVILEGE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely intolerant culture towards diversity. There is absolutely no diversity in the management, not even in the lower levels. Until recently, there were a few minority employees. Currently, there's none to speak of.

    Cons

    About a year ago, all the minority employees got fired simultaneously, over superficial reasons. Some of them had been with the company for nearly 30 years! It was amazing to see the chilling efficiency with which the owner/CEO orchestrated this with the help of lawyers. When the rumors started escalating that these employees were fired over racially motivated reasons, the CEO & the HR made a desperate attempt to appease the rumors and quickly hired a few diversity employees for positions that they were unable to fill for months. Within less than a year, they also got fired, they were told that their positions were eliminated! The real reason was that the rumors had subsided and it had been over a year since the scandal of firing of the minority employees and the owner didn’t need token employees any longer. Some of these firings happened in front of everybody where the CEO personally came down and bitterly scolded one and ensured that the employee had no choice but to walk out.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the institutionalized racism.

    Steiner Electric Response

    Sep 26, 2016 – VP HR

    The review is toxic, disheartening and insulting. I am proud to work for a fourth generation family-owned business celebrating 100 years. 2016 has special meaning at Steiner reflecting the fact that ... More


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Customer service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Streamwood, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Streamwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    At first they seem like they are a family company, but that depends on who's family. There are several long time employees, most coworkers were wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Can't give employees raises, but they have a fancy lake house ithat only a few chosen are able to go, managers driving fancy cars, have a big anniversary celebration which employees should be a part of not be forced to work. If it wasn't for all those hard working employees there would be no anniversary. There are those that do get preferential treatment and they are quite obvious to the other less special employees.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, pay your employees what they are worth. Don't toss aside employees that have the experience and know how to get the job done. Don't have a moving in a new direction or your not a good fit mentality.You are choosing inexperienced workers that do not know how to do the job. You are loosing the respect of customers and vendors who you represent. What does that say about management. I think it says loads. What goes around comes around.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "UNFAIR PRACTICES"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company, unfortunately has become unrecognizable. Many people left, and they were some of the best in the company.

    Cons

    One of the worst work environments one can work at. Unfair practices, and often, downright evil practices, such as firing a great employee with a 40 year tenure on a Saturday night with an e-mail, announcing it to the whole world with a company-wide e-mail. Turning the A/C off on the hottest day of the year with one day notice when all the upper management conveniently schedule meetings outside the office.

    The CEO, owner has one of the most destructive management styles I have ever witnessed. Thank God, I never have to work with him directly but many times, I have seen him deliberately embarrassing employees and exposing them in front of others. He’s extremely insolent and as the previous reviews indicated, talks down to everyone. He is an heir and seems to be entirely incapable of relating to people who work for a living. He inherited a company which was doing relatively well, but ever since he took it over the decline is unstoppable.

    The work environment and management is extremely top heavy, tribal, territorial and secretive. Everything is handled behind closed doors, there’s no open-door policy here, instead everyone seems to have something to hide. Decision making is insular, and speaking up is punished, often times by HR, who is not neutral and unashamedly favors certain people over others. HR involvement and its notorious "behavior evaluation tests" is too intrusive! This is actually a conflict of interest for the employees and in the 21st century work place, it seems like a relic from the industrial revolution era.

    Advice to Management

    The worst part of working for this company is lack of advancement, no raise, no career growth, terrible benefits, and the relentless increase of health insurance payments. The CEO's behavior only attracts people who are cantankerous, egocentric, obsolete and insecure and in-turn, they hire people who are similar to themselves, and before long departments turn into tribes and territories that rarely communicate with one and other. This is why all the good people left and are leaving.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Changes are coming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Steiner Electric (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rich history. Looking to find ways to stay relavent in a changing marketplace. Great name recognition.

    Cons

    The market is changing. Steiner had lost some of its competitive edge. New management team is trying to find the right ingredients to make things right, but has been somewhat elusive.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Comoany and atmosphere is changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Steiner Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steiner is a large and well known electrical distributor. However, their reputation is no longer what is used to be. They are losing long time, good employees. They are also losing customers

    Cons

    Steiner was always a fair, family oriented company. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. There have been numerous changes in management and the employee morale is very low. Many people have left the company for many reasons. I dont claim to know them all, but unfair practices and the lack of advancement and increases are a big part of it!

    Advice to Management

    There are longtime employees who deserve better treatment! Hiring too many upper management personnel only hinders the people that are trying to do their jobs. The people leaving have a lot of experience and relationships with customers. That is being lost. The customers know, and feel, the change. That's why they are leaving too! The hope was to grow the company and, unfortunately, the opposite is happening!


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