Constructive work environment with laughs, and caring people.
Pros: Insurance, Paid holiday's, Company awards safety
Cons: Short breaks, weather effects productivity, hours conflict with life at home
A Typical Work Day
Stepping through the threshold of the front door I make my way to the time clock. After clocking in I step out back where I smoke a cigarette, and prepare for the day ahead. When the other employee's show up for work I cut up, and have a couple laughs with them talking about what they did the day before, or after work. While insuring that they are not in need for anything. We try to take care of one another, even though sometimes the job gets stressful.
What I Learned
At Gerdau I have learned to appreciate others, and their hard work, we can not operate as a unite when someone is injured, angry, or just fed up with the job. I have had to step in for others to make sure they don't get fatigued with the jobs we have to produce. Taking care of one another is the most important part of a job. Many hands make a heavy work load light. I have learned the ability to communicate with others under pressure, and make the environment lighter, rather then add to the hostility.
Management caters to the needs of the employee's making sure we have all the equipment necessary to fully function. The management encourages us to produce as much in the time that we have. They work hard to run a productive business, and it starts with us.
Along with taking care of one another co-workers have to produce material just as I. Sometimes the environment gets stressful do to the production needed to complete a job but they work hard to ensure the safety of one another. We have a bond that is hard to find in other places.
Hardest Part of the Job – more...
The hardest part of the job is when mistakes are made such as loading material on the wrong trailer, or misplacing steel and trying to meticulously search for a small bundle in a huge stack of steel.
When trailers are loaded wrong it is very time consuming, so now we have to produce the product along with trying to reload a trailer.
Searching though stacks of steel is very difficult in a time sensitive situation. When your being told to get the job done, but the last part of the job is on the bottom of a large stack of rebar.
Most Enjoyable Part of the Job
When driving past a bridge, or even on, you get the sense of accomplishment knowing that you contributed to the making of a strong, sturdy bridge that brings commuters the sense of safety.
This is why the job is so important! Peoples lives are in our hands when producing and distributing rebar. Having strict guidelines to follow allows the public to feel safe the next time a bridge is built, and crossed. – less