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Positiva.
Gerente de Qualidade (Current Employee) –  Campinas, SP9 April 2018
Trata-se de uma boa empresa para se trabalhar, com perspectiva de carreira e ótimo clima organizacional.
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Thieves!
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA19 March 2018
They have a whole week dedicated to how awesome SEL is to work for. A few more weeks of indoctrination is certainly needed for some people.

Don't let anyone see what you're working on or any patents that are pending could be stolen. Don't use their network which they monitor regularly.

If they need a fall guy for something and you're the weakest link start looking for a lawyer or a new job.

Pay is way below industry standard and even if you take into account the low cost of living is still outrageously low.
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Assembler (Former Employee) –  Lewiston, ID27 February 2018
SEL was all about culture and did a good job of making the focus seem like it was more about the employees and less about making the deadlines or making money.
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Glorified Assistant
Intern (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA21 February 2018
For interns SEL boasts a great experience to learn and grow as a student while also making it seem like your guaranteed a job after the internship. This was not the case. I did not gain any valuable experiences because all I did was glorified assistant work. It was either paperwork or staring at a computer all day doing mundane tasks. People often just hand off their unwanted work to interns when they could have done it themselves. Also the SEL culture that is talked about so much in Friday Lunch is not relevant to interns. They couldn’t care less about them. The same goes with assemblers. The way I’ve heard people talk about assemblers is awful because they are hard working people. The managers act very entitled and like they are above all. This job was really a waste of time for me and people treated me terribly as an intern. Every small mistake is the end of the world.
Pros
Free lunch on fridays
Cons
Feeling of being watched, inconsistent culture, no advancement opportunities
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Good place to work, Maybe.
Assembler / Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA26 January 2018
Overall, not a bad place to work, if You can handle extremely
repetitive tasks where the slightest error is treated harshly.

Schweitzer was great when I started, however, in recent years
the company culture and quality of management and supervision
has taken a sharp downhill trend.

If You are lucky enough to get assigned to one of the few remaining
well-trained supervisors, it can still be a good place to work.
Pros
Employee Stock Ownership, Free Lunch on Fridays
Cons
Poor Management
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Compassionate Company Culture
Assembler (Current Employee) –  Pullman, WA11 January 2018
You get a sense of the company's exemplary culture as soon as you begin orientation. The level of respect that they have for their customers and employees creates a very welcoming work environment.
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Clear future, fun to work but the town is boring
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Pullman, WA1 January 2018
You have 9 to 5 work day schedule, there are always works so you will always be challenged. Jobs are secured as long as you keep learning. The town is pretty boring. Great for raising family but for me (used to live in big city), Pullman seems not fit well.
Pros
Free Friday lunch, gym, clinic
Cons
Tiny bonus, low pay
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Excelente lugar de trabajo
Practicas Profesionales (Former Employee) –  San Luis Potosí, S. L. P.20 December 2017
Es un ambiente laboral excelente, ideal para poder desarrollarte
Pros
Cafe gratis Comedor riquisimo
Cons
No cuentan con transporte para personal administrativo
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Great culture of people
Assembler/Equipment Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA14 December 2017
Schweitzer Engineering labs is arguably one of the best companies to work for in the entire area and beyond. I have nothing but positive things to say of my experience there
Pros
The open communication the upper management had with its employees
Cons
Middle management seemed to show favoritism
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Productive and engaging place to work
NPI Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA5 December 2017
Schweitzer is a dynamic place to work. They build almost exclusively in the USA and the products are used in the power industry by many companies. Their products are superior.
Working closely with other engineering groups as well as manufacturing and quality allows an excellent exchange of ideas and product information.
Pros
Good management great products
Cons
Lots of OT due to an expanding product base
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ok place to work
Assembler (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, ID29 November 2017
great place to work, easy, repetitive. different hours to fit everyone's needs. management work well with you, very family oriented. Great starter career many places to grow
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Family place , fun , quality , fun , learning place
Regional Manager Sales, Operation & Services (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA & Saudi Arabia15 November 2017
I've learned a a lot, built my personality, learned many things in sales, technical, management, customer services...etc

friendly work place , treat you as a family member .

teach you how to be effective, get the work done short time with very high quality.

customer service is number one.

Healthy work environment

I've enjoyed really there and spent a very nice years of my life..
Pros
Friday Lunch, health care, friendly
Cons
N/a
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Good place - smart people
ES (Current Employee) –  various18 October 2017
This is a good place to work. They have okay benefits and the values of the company are good. Sometimes it feels like it is still managed like a small company but it is very innovative
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Technically driven company. Brilliant product portfolio.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Melbourne Eastern Suburbs VIC5 September 2017
Challenging and enjoyable environment.
Driven by desire to provide the industry with technically brilliant, reliable product, forming complete solutions for the power industry.
Pros
Enjoyable and challenging environment with a customer focused outlook
Cons
Challenging conditions for efficient communication with USA management
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Lots of OT
Asembler (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, ID18 July 2017
It is a very boring job. You can bring your phone on the floor with headphones so that will ease your pain and allow you to escape reality.
Path to your future is a joke
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A great place to work but the management was lacking
Engineering Intern - Protection (Former Employee) –  Charlotte, NC6 July 2017
Schweitzer Engineering Labs is by the leader in power system protection with their relay technology compared to their competitors. That alone makes this company worth working for. The only quarrels I had with SEL is that the management seemed to be ran poorly at times and there was sometimes not much charisma within the office. Other than that, the projects were always exciting and the engineers were always willing to teach you many lessons.
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Challenging yet fun place to work
Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA27 June 2017
Everyone that I worked with seemed to enjoy working at SEL. They didn't have a lot of work for interns to participate it which was rather unfortunate.
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A very good place to work
Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Pullman, WA26 June 2017
An employee owned company. Gives value to the customers and the employees. Friendly environment. Great co-workers. Easy to work with the team. Positive vibes.
Pros
Friday Lunch
Cons
Deadlines
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A semi positive experience
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Pullman, WA6 June 2017
I love my co workers and my manager. SEL does a lot for the local community and the benefits are great. However, as an hourly employee, I was made aware that my position was not really valued and that I could be very easily replaced. Which was a real disappointment after having consistently received excellent reviews from my supervisor. This was also in direct conflict with the value system aggressively promoted by the company. Also, the work / life balance is horrible. The number one thing people complained about is that their personal lives were suffering due to the impossible work loads. Obviously, some departments were worse than others in this respect.
Overall, it's a worthwhile company to look at for a career as they provide great training, it's employee owned and the benefits package is a good one. If you don't mind a strenuous work load, this is the place for you!
Pros
Free Friday lunch, benefits package
Cons
Didn't feel valued, Overwhelming work load
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Un Excelente lugar para trabajar
Gerente Sr. de Unidad Productiva de Casetas (Former Employee) –  San Luis Potosí, S. L. P.15 May 2017
Una empresa que te dá excelentes opciones de crecimiento
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