Truck Driver (Former Employee) – Chilliwack, BC – 22 April 2017
They no longer have employed long haul drivers everything is owner operator. Not sure what it is like now as they are a American company and no longer live in area to find out what it is like there now.
Parts Department Supervisor (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 22 February 2017
Best job I ever had, I wish there wasn't so many cut backs and so many division that got closed without notice, was extremely sad to leave there. everyone was promised job security, but a year later 300+ employees lost their jobs across Canada. If i was asked to go back i would in heart beat.
Health & Safety Specialist (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 24 August 2016
Schnitzer was a great place to work (Surrey). Its too bad that the metal commodity industry isnt very stable, which did affect my employment. Management was good and culture was generally good. Wages could have been a bit higher, as my position was paid averagely compared to industry standard. This was a very enjoyable place to work and the people are fantastic. I was sad to leave.
Journeymen Heavy Duty Mechanic (Current Employee) – Surrey BC – 10 June 2016
Good company to work for. Layed back mentality with most co workers. Could use some management structuring. The place is located on a section of property traded by a train track. Hard place to leave if you need to get somewhere on time.
Operations Manager & HSE Representative (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 11 July 2015
Responsible to ensure operations were ran effectively on a daily basis. Inexperience in the scrap steel industry was working against me along with minimum supervision and coaching. shortage of manpower and equipment did not allow our team to properly bid or complete a job in a timely manner which effected our ability to establish clientele.
Opportunity for work and contracts were readily available
Poorly managed, and insufficient resources to completed day to day operations
not to bad to work for but the only problem is that stability within the company is very bad. even if you do your job you could be without 1 due to company cut backs. the staff is good and work very hard to make the company money but the prob is that it is publicly traded so staff cuts are inevitable.
Driver/Operator (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 13 August 2014
It can be a challenging place at times, but they are never shy about providing you with the safety equipment and training that you require, and they will recognize and promote those that they think are deserving. They aren't the most generous with their wages and salaries, but they are at least average.
SCALE OPERATOR/ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) – Victoria – 18 March 2014
Was challenged in ways I hadn't been before in previous jobs, office manager was fantastic. People at the location and in the company at other locations all very helpful. Unfortunately the company is dependant on the metal market being strong to secure jobs so unless you have your Occupational First Aid Level 3 your job isn't a forever thing.
SAI Business Partner (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 27 February 2013
My main task was to ensure business processes were in place to use SAI as the ERP system. That meant learning the business and system we were migrating to, but had no documentation or any foreknowledge of what the new system was like. It was a culture shift for the employees as Schnitzer (large corporation) had just moved into Canada(a bunch of small companies). My main task was to prepare the employees and make sure the business did not shut down when the system went live. The people from head office were great. The project went fairly smoothly.
Then Schnitzer expanded further into Canada, and I had to be able to travel with less than a day's notice to meet the new employees and train and have them up and running even if the ERP system was not in place. I found myself travelling, sometimes 3 weeks of the month with only 1 or 2 day's notice of where I should be. Most times, I felt I did not have enough time to properly train most people.
Schnitzer is a good company to work for. They strive to have great ethics and they treated me very well. However, the business is mapped very closely to the commodities market and when the US economy is poor, so is the business. I saw the stock price drop 40% in a 1 month period and when that happens, the company needs to do drastic things like layoffs with little notice. They seemed to have to do that often.
the work is interesting and the people i worked with were great, both clients and suppliers were great to deal with also.
nature of the business leaves little room for work life balance. also job security.
Another community service swallowed up by Corporate America
Retail Yard Clerk/Scale Assistant (Former Employee) – Duncan, BC – 31 January 2013
When I started working for Steel Pacific, before they were bought out by Schnitzer, I enjoyed what they stood for; "Keep It In Play". As an avid recycler, I loved the idea of re-selling good "junk", and recycling what was left. Now however, the model has been changed to crush everything and sell it as scrap, and other services like toilet and tire recycling have disappeared. The loss of the "Outdoor Hardware Store" was a bitter pill to chew for regulars of the last 50 years, and now it's just another Corporate metal crusher - hot, stinky, and streamlined.