Gerdau Ameristeel Employee Reviews
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Great working environment IF you are mechanically inclined. Strong union that has a good relationship with the company. Most of the supervisors are good...there isn't any micro-managing or supervisors breathing down your neck. Upper management, like most manufacturing plants, don't know what they're talking about. Its continental shifts, which isn't for everyone. HR is a joke, so I recommend staying on top of them during the hiring process. One phone interview, one in-person interview, one plant tour and aptitude test. After that, you have a background check, physical test, blood work for mercury, and then 2 weeks orientation and 3 months probation.
Great pay and benefits. Lots of room for movement currently so you can try different jobs and areas.
HR is very difficult to work with. Steel mill/continetal shifts aren't for everyone.
Office staff is very nice and first 2 weeks of orientation and modules you think its guna be great and even after a few dog jobs. But you have a job to learn in a place that has many rules and alot of people are lazy or you get someone not willing to train. Therefore you could work 5 and 3/4 months and they will lay you off saying you didn't learn enough right before probation ends. I had to write this because it happened to all 3 of us people starting on same date and also bee told they do it all the time. Such a shady place.
Minimal training, New people means less overtime for permanent workers if you make it past probation
Cons: Roll off trucks are 18 yr old pieces of junk(luggers are not bad, but rough). You do not want to get caught driving this junk. Yard is usually under several inches of water or is a total mud hole. Icy, slippery, dark. Not a good place. Manager will ignore any issues you have, just won't respond to you. HR is no better. I brought Health issue forward and I never heard back. Don't work here!
Blame games and name calling is the culture around here. Negativity surrounds this place and its not worth spending your valuable time in this plant. an experience here will add no value to your resume. If you are an intellectual then you are better off going to a company that will cherish your intelligence and logical mindset. Age old practices overshadow facts and data. Asskissing is a likable trait and if you are bad at it then your career wont go anyway. Incompetent managers often get away with dumb decision making and if you dont become a yes man then they will let you go. You dont even need an engineering degree to run this place. If you wanna do bare minimum and yell around at people while having no idea what to do then this is the place for you. If you ask your manager a question and he doesn't know the answer to that or thinks that you asking him a question is defying his authority then he will try to humiliate you by saying things such as "You dont know how to even do this?" or " Where did you work before as this is so simple. how can you even ask me this simple qs?" and never actually answer the question. The cliche, No qs is a bad qs and ask in the face of a doubt before you act, doesn't apply here. just act or figure it out yourself and never ask a question is the mindset at this plant. Managers will say that they are making way too much money anyway so there is no need for any process optimization or data driven decision making. If you want to talk about hunting and fishing and anything else other than how to improve the work place then you will be adored and - more...
Good Pay but all front-line operations pay well in the steel industry.
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I started there recently after being a contractor on site over the years. As a Gerdau employee, it is above and beyond what I expected. I have never been happier to be part of a maintenance team with such a great company. Getting hired there is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my career as a millwright.
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The conditions of a steel mill may not appeal to everyone.
Started as a Logistics Coordinator. I had a lots of challenges by developing a team, stabilizing processes and building a healthy routine towards results. After 3 years of hard work, lots of improvements in the department and incredible results, I was promoted to Regional Manager where I was responsible for the Logistics teams of 4 manufacturing plants. The company has great culture and a system in which all employees are encouraged to learn and grow. No matter what is your position or status everybody is treated equally with respect.
Development of career
I had two interviews for the scale operator position in Guelph,Ontario cancelled in successive weeks and confirmed availability for a third time with no response! I'm beginning to think I may have avoided a bad decision to accept a position here!