Marketing Research Intern (Current Employee) – Pullman, Washington – May 7, 2012
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories mission is to make electrical power safer, more reliable, and more economical. They create safe electrical products such as relays and smart grid application solutions for utility and power generation companies. My position is to aid other departments with research regarding potential product line or market extensions, competitor pricing and product information, and customer service analysis.
SEL is not actually a fun place to work, its like joining a cult. You will need to agree to follow their obsessive policies on security and confidentiality to protect their image, while you slave away your weekends and sit silently in your tiny cubicle. Don't plan on staying too long or your soul will disappear.
Job Work/Life Balance
Failure to estimate was made up by employees, unbalanced culture and poor management
Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) – Pullman, WA – November 21, 2015
I found that the company had a set of core values that felt applied to the employees, but not the top most management, verses employees were punished for doing things in direct alignment with those values. Innocent and simple mistakes were punished through severe means like termination, often months or even years after the acts occurred.
Employees were often made to pay for poor estimating by making up schedule gaps with forced overtime. I recall many late nights where engineers worked until late to get a product out, often against their will. They were, of course, told they were free to go home, but the unspoken consequences were well known.
The company has a culture of intellectual elitism, where employees don't respect others unless they can trump them at a game of engineering analysis, hence whiteboards proliferate every desk, so employees can self-appoint themselves as teachers on the fly. Information exchange and learning is important, but at this company it pervades in a constant sense of intellectual one-upsmanship. This was confirmed when working at other emngineering companies, where the general impression of SEL is that they have great customer service, but don't really seem to value true diversity, as you don't fit the culture if you're not an uber-analytic type, and hence maybe great at engineering, but perhaps contributing to an imbalanced culture.
Employee lunch, small town atmosphere
Small town atmosphere, imbalanced culture, management that doesn't live up to its own values
Great company, pay is a little low but benefits are good
Executive Assistant to V.P. International Sales (Current Employee) – Trinity, FL – August 8, 2013
Great company culture, you are encouraged to own your work as an employee owner and improve processes. I enjoy my job everyday and have the best life / work balance I've ever had in a job. Would I give a little of that up for better pay? Perhaps, but happiness and fulfillment is priceless and the grass is not always greener...
free friday lunch every friday and get corp updates, you are an employee owner
pay starts on the low side, supposed to balance out with benefits and esop but benefits don't pay bills
Assembler (Former Employee) – Pullman, WA – May 28, 2013
SEL is a great company that leads the industry in making power safer, more reliable and more economical. The typical work is challenging but simple and there is always something new and interesting to work on and learn. The management is interactive with their departments and your co-workers are friendly and honestly interested in each other. The company values are easy to understand and the culture is wonderful to be a part of. The hardest part of working with SEL is the overtime hours. However it was a fun experience and I enjoyed working for the company.
weekly company wide meetings, esop, great benefits
Assembler (Former Employee) – Lewiston, ID – November 9, 2013
I liked some of the people there, but it seemed as if some management were incompetent and needed reviewed because half of them didn't know what was going on for the most part. Learned a lot of stuff though being a part of the team such as reading wire diagrams, re-work if needed, inspection and assembly of a quality product.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Pullman, WA – July 26, 2013
While working at SEL I enjoyed my time there, it is a great place to work. Great culture and values, amazing dynamic of people. While I worked there I was able to attend classes that helped me become a better writer and truly understand writing in a business setting. I truly enjoyed the Friday Lunches that the company would put on for the employees to sit down and learn about updates in the company.
great benefits, company lunches, dynamic team of people to work with.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Fair Oaks Ranch, TX – September 3, 2014
This is a great company. However if you do not fit in the crowd you are left on your own. The location I worked at was a small city and small personel population and they were a tight bunch before I even started. They are very strict. So mistakes are not allowed. Make sure you are sharp and perfect at what you do.
Assembler/trainer (Former Employee) – Pullman, WA – May 10, 2015
I loved this company not only for its stellar product development and mission but ultimately on how well they treated their employee's. the benefits were incredible. lots of on the job training and great chances for advancement.
great pay, excelent benifits, good working environment.
Fun and fast-paced environment with great co-workers!
Mechanical Assembly Technician (Current Employee) – Pullman, WA – March 21, 2015
SEL is an amazing company to work for. There are great opportunities for advancement in this fast growing company. The work environment is great! Everyone is very friendly and willing to teach you about the products and the company. There is a lot of opportunity for overtime.
catered lunches on fridays, great benefits packages
Lead Software Engineer (Current Employee) – Pullman, WA – April 27, 2012
How many companies: * have a human answer every phone call on the main switchboard? * treat employees to lunch every Friday? * offer a lifetime warranty on their products? * give you 15% of your salary in your retirement account?
I worked in one of the field offices. The headquarters is in Pullman, Washington. Good solid company. Working in field office is different from working at headquarters. Less access to some resources but more relaxed environment.