Productive and efficient workplace with decent care for employees.
Material Handler (Former Employee) – University Park, IL – March 14, 2014
A typical day was to get ready and put on safety gear, get to your post and see what is needed to be done, organize, prioritize, and get started. I learned a lot about metal (different types and grades), how to use heavy machinery, and to package. The higher management employees were really good people and good at what they do. The immediate supervisors however are where the problem comes in. Some are better than the others, but the one I had was not so great. He did not like to do any work at all, and would not help in situations of need. He did not like my brothers (One was a competing supervisor for a position he wanted, and the other works under him). Therefore, he did not treat me well, even though most of the other coworkers did not like him either, due to poor treatment and lack of work ethic. The poor treatment, I believe, took part in why I was let go during my probation. No other management is ever on the floor to supervise the supervisors. They also will believe the supervisor over regular employees. Other than that, most of the coworkers were nice, I got along with them, and were all hard workers. The hardest part of the job was trying to balance the speed they wanted, with the safety, and perfection required in such a short time and lack of training. The most enjoyable parts were working with the other employees, using the heavy machinery, and the physical aspect of the job. I liked the overall job, but I was wrongfully let go. I am a hard worker and don't believe my performance was an issue.
free lunch one day of the week, decent pay, and great benefits.
too strict on new employees, not too many great supervisors at immediate level
Great company with better benefits. Plenty of opportunities for overtime.
Saw Operator Lead (Current Employee) – Bolingbrook, IL – March 19, 2015
I learned how to work in an incredibly fast time crucial work environment. A typical day consists of processing customer orders to ship to that customer before the end of your shift using multiple forms of machinery. Management contains a solid group of strong leaders that are predominately hired from within. The hardest part of the job is when the other shifts are inconsiderate or forgetful and you have to recover from that lack of communication. The best part of the job is the camaraderie shared by most employees and the overall friendly and welcoming atmosphere that gets you through the good and the bad days.
steep pay increase over the first year, plenty of room for advancement
WAREHOUSE (TEMP) (Former Employee) – Louisville, KY – September 24, 2013
There was zero communication from the supervisor to the warehouse employees. How things would work there is that the worker would go to the office and go through the printer and gather the orders for their jobs whether it be shearing, cutting, picking, shipping, or loading. The supervisor would also take over 2 hour lunch breaks. It wasn't a safe working environment and had my foot crushed by a bundle of 40ft steel tubes, then was blamed for the accident when I wasn't controlling the crane, just guiding it, while the other person was the person who sat the bundle down on the ground for no reason at all. He was hired a full-time position after while I was let go.
everything about that place as a warehouse worker was completely horrible
Warehouseman (Process Team Leader) (Current Employee) – Detroit, MI – April 22, 2013
I have never done warehouse work before, but I've learned that I'm not really cut out for it.
Overall, management is good, and the coworkers are usually helpful in the team environment.
It's a good place to learn warehouse work, and there's no threat of job loss if you show up and do your job. The pay is good for a job that doesn't require any higher education.
the benefits are very good; vacation, medical, dental, optical, 401k, paid holidays, and a regular work schedule.
cross-training is weak there, it's a union job so everyone (the lazy and the diligent workers) is rewarded the same, not much room for growth unless you're willing to stick it out for many years or relocate
machine operator (Former Employee) – bolingbrook il – October 21, 2013
You want a decent place to work? Well look a little further then alro steel, Bolingbrook branch is among the worst managed facility quite possibly on the face of this planet. They think they can train new people there with people that have been there 6mo haha, they will expect you to be absolutely perfect in everything you do or else you WILL get a q.i.r. and have to explain yourself to an idiot goofball in the office. The leader of the pack over there will fire you for his own personal reasons, I seen it happen twice. You will be treated like a roach there believe me, they have absolutely know idea whats going on over there. Heres what I say, SCREW BLUE!!!! GOOOO UNION!!!
productive and fun place to work, lack of management
warehouse worker (Current Employee) – indianapolis, in – June 29, 2015
its an ok place to work. the management is pretty out of touch of what is actually going on in the warehouse. there is definitely a different standard for warehouse employees compared to office employees. sometimes it causes a lot of tension in the work place. room for advancement is slim to none. whatever job you get hired in for is more than likely the job you will always do! good luck with getting to sales or management! the people out in the warehouse make it a unique and enjoyable atmosphere. most people are laid back and just get their job done.
former driver (Former Employee) – carnegie,pa – April 17, 2012
i had the recent misfortune of working for the alro steel in carnegie, pa. the loads were never loaded on time. the managment was always yelling at each other and the employees. they created such an unsafe work enviroment that my fellow employees were being injured almost constantly. i strongly suggest that if you value your sanity and love your family , i would never work for this company, no matter how much they pay.......f.y.i. they are outsourcing all the driver jobs to an outside carrier because its cheaper. so in short......this company sucks and cares only of money not employees or their safety.
Material Handler/Sub Foreman (Current Employee) – University Park, IL – February 24, 2014
a typical day at work insists of starting at 10pm and working until 630am. I do my preshift inspections of the equipment assigned to me. Then I get right into loading and unloading semi trailers with steel. I learned how to take on my foreman duties for when he is sick and am always asking him what is new and what I should need to know so I don't get stuck when he is not there. Co-workers are great we work well as a team.
buys us lunch once a week
management talks to you like you dont know whats going on
maintenance supervisor (Former Employee) – Detroit Michigan – August 6, 2013
This is one of the most unprofessional environments I've ever worked in my life. be careful of the mission statement it says it all! "Alro and it's people" if your not one of managements favorites you won't advance based on merit! Detroit is one of three locations under a district manager that doesn't backup his Foreman and superintendents! I was an employee for over ten years and was"phased out" due to stirring the pot by calling human resources on a supervisor for making inappropriate threats. Do not work here!
Industrial steel Saw, (Former Employee) – Clare, MI – July 30, 2014
Work in your department, doing your assigned jobs. Management will walk up to see what your day consists of and thats the only time you seem them, so in other words they do not breath down your throat as long as you do not give them a reason. The benefits and pay are fair, there is usually overtime and that is only if you want it, with that being said weekends off.
paid steel toe boots and college courses, good management all the way to corporate
Order Puller (Former Employee) – Potterville, MI – July 9, 2013
Stressful, fast paced, unforgiving with deadlines, 110 degrees in the summer and 40 degrees in the winter(inside), employees were out numbered by management 3 to 1(Everyone was everyone else's boss. Very confusing). Co-workers worked as a team to get the job done, even though the job was hard we all got along very well. Best part of the job was finishing for the day and knowing that we all worked our hardest to get there. Extremely gratifying.
Warehouse/Saw Operator/Truck Loading (Current Employee) – Detroit, MI – February 2, 2014
Alro is the worst managed place I have ever worked for. Work ethic means nothing to these people. 80% of the employees are lazy and just skate by and are allowed to do so because of the so called "Union". And don't expect to move up in this company unless your daddy is the boss or your in real close with the higher ups. This place is such a joke
Warehouse Worker (Current Employee) – Tulsa, OK – May 17, 2015
Employees were lazy causing others to take up the slack most of the time. Due to ignorant employees had to work long hour days, but enjoy the salary. Management is great takes all issues into consideration, works well with employees and customers. Has great opportunity to advance.
Anything warehouse (Former Employee) – St. Louis Mo – April 5, 2013
Typical day consist of working for a supervisor that was once found guilty of manslaughter and has no clue as to what he is doing. Favoritism by management. If you do no fit in they will force you out. No professionalism.
dangerous environment, childish behavior by co workers as well as managment
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Joliet, IL – September 15, 2014
Great company to work for... The office had no room for advancement. Co-workers are great. Micro managed and this makes doing you job a bit more harder... This was also the hardest part of the job.. Most enjoyable part of the job was networking and meeting people from other countries and other plants
Lead in Sheets Department (Former Employee) – Beech Grove, IN – November 12, 2015
I really enjoyed my time at Alro Steel. The people I worked with always had your back and worked really hard for each other. I learned a lot while I was there and grew as a person. I learned how to lead, work hard, how to help and interact with customers, and work with different types of machinery.
Inventory Control/Receiving /Security (Former Employee) – Louisville, KY – March 29, 2015
Great place to work with great people. Good money, long days. 7-7 hour days of counting inventory and watching security camera. Hardest part was wearing the steel toe boots. I loved that job so much, and I really enjoyed all the laughs and hard workers.
great company core values, success culture is very important to Alro
Inside Sales Consultant (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – June 23, 2013
I was not as admin and clerical minded as I had hoped to thrive as an inside sales rep. unfortunately, there were no outside sales reps either available or soon opening. I wanted to better myself and grow more as a manager of a territory