Gerdau Ameristeel Employee Reviews

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Decent place to work
STEEL PRODUCTION WORKER (Former Employee) –  Petersburg, VAJanuary 31, 2016
A typical day consist of me inspecting the product. However, on occasions when a department was short staffed, I was called in to filled that role of the absent staff member. Overall, the co-workers were good people to work with. I enjoyed my job there.
Pros
Good paying job with bonuses
Cons
Very dangerous
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Brazilians don't care about U.S. workers
Crane Operator (Current Employee) –  Midlothian, TXDecember 30, 2015
Gerdau is a Brazilian company that had a price-fixed market for most of it's history. They have yet to figure out precisely how the U.S. market and labor force work. Morale is very poor in Midlothian. Don't let the Plant Manager blow sunshine up your butt.
Pros
Quitting time
Cons
Took away our bonus to pay their deliquent taxes
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Gerdau North America vs. Gerdau Global
PLANT MANAGER/SUPERINTENDENT (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MODecember 29, 2015
Gerdau North America is still struggling to align with the Gerdau Global. Gerdau Global is a great company to work for. The company is being run by the 5th generation of the family even though they have been public for 40 years of the 115 years in business.
Great compensation and bonus structure, good benefits.

North America structure for Downstream is very thin and work on a regional concept. Unfortunately there have been many RIF's / surprise retirements in the salary ranks. high turnover in the management group. There are several key managers who do not embrace the company culture and have made North America - Downstream a miserable place to work.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
limited resources, work life balance, management structure
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great job
Bender Operator (Former Employee) –  Duluth, GADecember 21, 2015
good job great pay, you learn new things every day, loved bein employed with them, but was just a little too strick company has great benifits and was a good career choice for me
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Large steel mill
Quality Control Inspector (Former Employee) –  Jackson, TNNovember 16, 2015
This is a large company that is a great place to work. There are long work hours with many opportunities for overtime. Offered ongoing safety training and assistance.
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Good company for day to day work
manager (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLNovember 10, 2015
Good company in a difficult global environment. Steel production in the US has been challenged by foreign importers. If you are in the right group, the company can have a team environment. Other groups, are bogged down by corporate initiative, business systems, and meetings.
Pros
Good Company, fair pay, and knowledgeable leaders.
Cons
High turn over, decreasing incentive program, long hours, and negative change to health care plans.
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BUsy 24/7 job
Various, see below (Former Employee) –  Wilton, IANovember 9, 2015
Great pay and benefits, as well as job security, but rotating shift is hard on your health, as well as working with molten steel., heat and filth was not a good environment to work in.
Pros
Pay and benefits, good co-workers
Cons
Poor working conditions
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Huge Coorporation
Outside Sales Representitive (Current Employee) –  Knoxville, TNNovember 5, 2015
Good company to work for all in all but increasingly poor location management.
Large turn over within the past 2 years causing some team members to perform 2-3 persons duties. High stress levels and low moral within the team is also a product of of the large turnover and series of bad hires.
Our great customer service has diminished with sales numbers declining.
No longer sales minded due to the incredible amount of red tape.
It is no longer about sales and customer service, it's all about the paperwork.
Sales team are rarely making sales calls due to the enormous amount paperwork but still expected to hit sales targets.
Pros
Pretty good compensation, paid holidays and vaction, mediacal, dental, dental and life insurance, company truck, company P-Card.
Cons
High stress level, low management support, perfoming 2-3 persons duties.
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great place to work
machine operator (Former Employee) –  Perth Amboy, NJNovember 3, 2015
great place to work for, the people treated us good, family oriented company
Treated the workers family well also offered scholarships for our children
Pros
bonuses/holiday parties/free show tickets free game tickets
Cons
shutting down the mill permanently
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Fun, High stress work environment
Detailer Associate (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLNovember 3, 2015
Management is great, work load is high and expectations are high. There are many things they want you to do in little amounts of time but the job is easy going other than that.
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Laborer (Former Employee) –  St. Paul, MNOctober 5, 2015
You can make good money, but the management and the job security is among the worst that I have ever seen. It is a dirty job, but most of it is really easy to do.
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Finishing Floorman
Floor Man/ Stand-Alone Buffering Operator (Current Employee) –  Jackson,MISeptember 17, 2015
Not very good pay.do to the new two tier wage. The benefits are not very good,They are very expensive for what you get.With high deductibles.An only a 3% 401k match. Also the top pay for a Finishing floor man is 15.50 an hr, top pay in finishing is 19.29 an hr apposed to the old contact wage. where it was 26.00 an hr for a floor man, 28.00 for a finishing bar polisher. So if your fine with working next to someone who makes 10 or more dollars then you do. Than i guess its the job for you. But you work every single weekend except one a month.
Pros
None
Cons
Low pay, Benefits
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Very good people to work for
Steel Bar Shaker/ Welder (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NCSeptember 12, 2015
I would come in and proceed to my work station. If I was on the shear line which cuts steel to correct lengths of shop orders. I would roll out the amount that the shear operator would ask for. I also ran a Lenton machine which would put threads on the end of the steel bars. This was a pretty slow process, also very boring at times so it was definitely an easy job. As a welder with this company I worked with a machine that welds the 2 ends of steel bars together. We would place the steel bar ends onto the machine in the slots and step on a foot pedal which would the weld. I worked in all the 3 stations and was very efficient in each.
Pros
hour lunch reward for good safety, Catered meals on Saturdays, good co-workers
Cons
Lots of one position standing
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Experience
Quality Assurance Manager (Former Employee) –  Monroe, MISeptember 3, 2015
The experience was phenomenal, many aspects of managerial training and application of new equipment to enhance safety, quality and productivity over the 11 year period with Gerdau.
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Hard work, long days, hectic schedule, dangerous, good pay
Melt Shop Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Rancho Cucamonga, CASeptember 1, 2015
No life outside of work, the company owns you. Company does not even want to comply with basic Labor law mandates, and attempts to punish you for exerting your worker's rights. Absolutely no opportunities for advancement.
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Good place to work, there is a lot of team work between departments
Improvement Facilitator (Current Employee) –  Jackson, TNAugust 28, 2015
Making improvements to processes, and making sure they give stable results. Lots of dealings with customers and trucking companies, along with visits to customers with problems to resolve. Daily walk of the warehouse, checking on any changes that may have occurred, during the night shift operation. This is the most safety conscious employer I have ever know, and they know how to promote safety. The logistics department, where I work just celebrated four years with no lost time accidents, which is a great accomplishment for a steel mill environment. The teamwork from one department to another is very good, each department treating the next department as their customer. Hardest part of the job is dealing with drivers that are not happy with our method of loading the material on their trailers. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with all the employees. You learn a lot from employees if you will just allow yourself to step back and listen.
Pros
Some travel, great employees, managing employees
Cons
Dealing with drivers/ dealing with some difficult employees
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general helper (Former Employee) –  Louisville, KentuckyAugust 24, 2015
Physically demanding career with opportunities for advancement. Long hours in the spring to fall, which being the busiest time of year for the company. This can be a very dangerous place if one does not have proper training. Management and operators did great job training new team members. Had a problem with the lack of effort on management side with one coworker. Threatening and harassment went on for two months with management never taking a step to help the situation. Human Resources never once responded to the plea and although there are many results on paper, their are problems behind the red tape. Accidents or near misses happen often and go unreported.
Pros
always guaranteed 40+ hours a week
Cons
short breaks, accidents go unreported, harrasment and threatening behavior
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Very demanding company
Electrical Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Perth Amboy, NJAugust 21, 2015
Disinterested in anything other than the bottom line. Politics at every level above hourly. Fellow workers always looking to blame others for their mistakes or failures.
Pros
Compensation and benefits
Cons
Pressure and being on call 24/7
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Good Work-Life Balance
Engineer in Midlothian TX (Current Employee) –  Midlothian, TXAugust 1, 2015
Good mix of experience. The hardest part of my job is to fulfill business process in order to actually accomplish work. Most enjoyable part of my job is the work experience. I would say management should focus on making steel as opposed to micromanaging.
Pros
Free Lunches
Cons
Internal Buisness Processes
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Lots of experience /good people to work for
Guide Setter / Roll Builder (Former Employee) –  Joliet, ILJuly 27, 2015
Great place to work learn and utilize my technical skills. Lots of opportunity to grow with company . Management worked side by side with us . everyone worked as a team. The hardest part of the job was the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. The best part of the job was producing great product every day.
Pros
Lots of overtime/long hrs
Cons
Great Benefits
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