Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – May 8, 2013
Pros: benefits, overtime, nice breaks
Cons: not knowing your end time for every shift
A typical day is building file cabinets and bookshelves for 8-10 hours a day. Your co-workers always change so you dont get to know anyone for a long period of time. The hardest part of this job was not knowing your end time for your shift. The most enjoyable part was building atleast 400-600 cases in 10 hours with great co-workers.
Shipping and Receiving Zone Leader (Former Employee), Huntsville, AL – April 15, 2013
Pros: solid company with good benefits
Cons: resistance to change at some levels, disgruntle employees
There is a need for change management especially at lower levels. Many of the employees have been there too long and are resistant to change. There are some really good people that work for Steelcase Inc. however. Sadly enough, the company has lost some truly dedicated employees that I encountered during my time there.
Truck Unloader (Former Employee), Athens, AL – February 26, 2013
Pros: good friends
Cons: short breaks, tobacco free
-Long days and long nights -Learned good communication and advisory skills -Management was fair -Worked with great people -Unloading -Communicating with co-workers about how to do a certain part of the job
Skilled Trades Supervisor, Manager (Current Employee), Grand Rapids other North America sites. – February 18, 2013
Pros: teamwork that resulted in meeting stated objectives.
Cons: communicating the root cause to management and worker alike.
I do quite a bit of corporate troubleshooting. I had a recent request to investigate and resolve issue related to equipment reliability and associated work histories in order to maintain certification in one of our Model Shops and five of our Testing Laboratories. I researched the certification requirements. Investigated current state, outlined a project – more... plan (resources, time-line etc.). Initiated the plan which is approximately 90% complete. I learned (and I find this to be very typical of such situations) huge communication issues. Lack of understanding of standards and associated processes and procedures. Lack of documented Standard Work, work/performance histories (No methodology to manage the process, quantify performance or trend and analyze process and equipment/system issues). Management in general were very supportive once I was able effectively communicate their current state and the deficiencies and associated solutions that were needed. As is usually the case (from my experience) that the people were qualified and more than willing to do the right thing. After I had a team of Trades people and Technicians bring the equipment back to a point of qualification and instituted standard work and associated training as needed I have no doubt that they will be in a position to autonomously sustain the equipment qualification, associated performance histories and thus their accreditation. I will monitor the process and procedural compliance over the next 6 months, meeting at least every 30 days with the managements staff to provide feedback and provide additional assistance if need be. The hardest part of the job (as is quite typical) was communicating to area management that the heart of the issue was the lack of sufficient management and communication in general. The best part was the amount of cooperation, the will to do the right-thing attitude, and their ability and openness to accept the change that these improvements required. – less
Quality Assurance Auditor (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – January 31, 2013
Pros: good benifits
Cons: laid off no recall
benifits were good pay was good but I worked there back in 1990 the job security was bad because after 12 years of being in company the just sent there work over seas and layed of employees back to 21 years of service so I guess they were not so loyal to the employees but I was able to have a job for 12 years though just wosh I couild still be there – more... making the kind of money they paid back in 1990 through 2002 – less
A/P Specialist (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – January 21, 2013
I started at Steelcase in 1981 in the payroll department from there I went into the Accounts Payable and Receivable department. The company decided to downsize in 2009 and I retired with honors. I also received a watch for 25 years service. I went back to school and graduated from GRCC in 2012 with my Associates in Business/Office Admin
Certified mig welder (Former Employee), Grand Prairie, TX – December 1, 2012
Pros: pay, company incentives for new ideas, free lunches
Cons: short breaks, no pay for breaks
A typical day at work consisted of a friendly environment and productive workplace. I was able to learn new skills and enhance prior skills. Management was always helpful and willing to teach. Co-workers were cooperative in team projects. Although work loads can be challenging I never found it hard to complete a task. The most enjoyable part of the – more... job was being able to use my skills and learning new things. – less
Human Resources Intern (Current Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – October 18, 2012
A productive and fun place to work. Steelcase has a unique culture that allows employees to work in whatever manner best suites their skill sets. They are constantly giving employees opportunities to utilized their skill set and grow as an employee and individual.
Finance Associate (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, Michigan – July 30, 2012
Cons: job security
As a whole, Steelcase used to be the company to work for. I am not sure you can say that anymore. They have off shored a very large percent of their entry level positions. Almost all of their enty level finance positions were sent to Malaysia. Those positions that require same time zone presence were sent to Mexico. I gave 19 years to this company and – more... was let go once my counterparts in Malaysia were secure in their position. – less
ZL- Production Coordinator/Planner (Former Employee), Athens, AL – June 30, 2012
Pros: company assist in local communities and charities
The company is a leader in the industry and there is a reason for that......they are very demanding, compensation is on the low side until you move up in either OP Management or corporate level. Very well organized and represents Lean Principle Standards very well.