STEEL PRODUCTION WORKER (Former Employee) – Petersburg, VA – January 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.
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.
PLANT MANAGER/SUPERINTENDENT (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – December 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.
limited resources, work life balance, management structure
manager (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – November 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.
Good Company, fair pay, and knowledgeable leaders.
High turn over, decreasing incentive program, long hours, and negative change to health care plans.
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.
Pretty good compensation, paid holidays and vaction, mediacal, dental, dental and life insurance, company truck, company P-Card.
High stress level, low management support, perfoming 2-3 persons duties.
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.
Steel Bar Shaker/ Welder (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – September 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.
hour lunch reward for good safety, Catered meals on Saturdays, good co-workers
Hard work, long days, hectic schedule, dangerous, good pay
Melt Shop Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – September 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.
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.
Some travel, great employees, managing employees
Dealing with drivers/ dealing with some difficult employees
general helper (Former Employee) – Louisville, Kentucky – August 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.
always guaranteed 40+ hours a week
short breaks, accidents go unreported, harrasment and threatening behavior
Engineer in Midlothian TX (Current Employee) – Midlothian, TX – August 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.
Guide Setter / Roll Builder (Former Employee) – Joliet, IL – July 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.