Stelco Employee Reviews

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Good place to begin a career/start in your field. Should only stay long term if you can tolerate the social environment and working conditions.
Utilities Operator (Current Employee) –  Nanticoke, ON12 November 2018
Stelco Lake Erie Works (Nanticoke) is an OK place to work. It is a steel making facility, so it is very dirty and hot most of the time. Some days can be very busy, especially if there are problems or equipment malfunctions, whereas other days can be devoid of things to or even boring. Work culture is OK; some operators/technicians are productive and have a positive attitude, while other coworkers may be lazy, negative, or even negligent (a typical union environment). The work culture can also be somewhat "cliquey" depending on where you are (small, exclusive social groups). Most areas and departments are poorly managed, with managers being often distant from the workers and tend to leave things to be "sorted out on their own". If you are new and on probation: watch out, as sometimes managers, HR and the company might look for the smallest things to fire you over, which makes it a bit repressive for new hires (6 months before you receive a pay raise and actual union membership). The physical atmosphere can be challenging, especially if you have a busy job (like an electrician or mechanic) or if you plan on working there long term, as there are miles of stairs and many tasks require kneeling, bending, climbing, etc, as well as physical labour, which can be extra tough in the hotter areas or during hot summer days. The pay is decent, the benefits are OK (dental and prescription drugs mainly, no massage, wellness, gym, etc). Do not work here if you have a low tolerance for filthy places and hot environments, and don't want to work shifts (Continental shift pattern offers poor turnaround  more... between day and night shifts). Other than that, it can be a decent place to start out in your field or career, but you many want to move on after a while.  less
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Pay
Cons
Dirty and hot, poorly managed, cliquey and somewhat negative work culture
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Not a good place
Maintenance Electrician (Leaving) (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON9 November 2018
At Stelco the electrician’s turnaround is very high. Most of the electricians/apprentices are inexperienced. The pay is low therefore they can’t hire new electricians. They are using retired temps for years. The management is very dishonest, you never get what they promise. The management is an old group of buddies. They make a lot of mistakes. They stick together, always the employees are at fault. Don’t count on the union. The union reps old buddies of the old managers. It’s very frustrated to work here.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Some benefits
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Could be more involved with the Community
Quality Assurance Analyst (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON31 October 2018
Stelco taught me the value of effective time managment and a good work ethic. However, the rotating shift pattern and inflexibility of the schedule structure makes it a difficult place to work.
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Benefits
Cons
Long Hours
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Manufacturing environment
IT Commodity Manager (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON29 October 2018
Nice place to Work. Limited opportunities. No Flexibility. Manufacturing environment but tough for IT person. Only KPIs and numbers matter. Top management keeps a strict check.
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Rising out of the "past shadows"...lot's of potential and future
Employee (Current Employee) –  Nanticoke, ON25 September 2018
Very busy company- both plants Hamilton and Nanticoke
A lot work is available, over time steadily available, regular pay (incentives, bonuses, etc), communication is strong and the managers are accommodating and try to keep the morale up at difficult times.
New owners are trying to turn the place around and move away from the old methods and processes of the past.

High potential to start and build your career here. If you want to learn, ask questions, adapt, work with others and help build the company you will be successful here. A lot of employees have been here for 30+ years and still here.

An old company with a huge reputation, and they want people who are innovative, forward thinking and team players.

Salary is competitive to the job market.

It's a fast paced moving office and plant environment can take you some time to get use to. But managers, supervisors and HR are readily available for help and guidance.

So far enjoying my time here. Good place to work!
Pros
good team environment, a lot of learning available, growth and advancement
Cons
fast paced environment
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Not a great place to work at
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON14 September 2018
They hire people, but dont have procedures in place. People cannot get job done if there are no procedures, and then they let you go.
Managers and management twist and mold facts to their employees.
Combination of steel+manufacturing... that too in Canada... means no future for company nor their employees.
Company bailed out in 2007 and even today in huge debts and no definite plans for future. Facility is poor, work culture is poor, no cooperation, no enthusiasm, no motivation or whatsoever.
Pros
None
Cons
Company has no promising future.
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5.0
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Great experience so far.
Employee (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON6 September 2018
I have been employed with Stelco for the last 6 months, I have seen the growth and see employee's career paths come to life.
I interact with many different hiring managers on a daily/weekly/basis and they truly do want to put the best people in the right positions.
A lot of the senior managers are here because they truly have a passion for what they do, what they've seen and also what they have experienced over the last 40 years.

Since July 2017, Stelco has been going stronger than ever with our new owners. They are making changes to the organization from top to bottom and they are positive changes. Employees are more engaged, satisfied and productive and its such a refreshing time.
Pros
Everyone is open to new suggestions
Cons
Communication could be a bit more transparent, but its getting there.
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Not as bad as people make it out to be.
Technician (Current Employee) –  Nanticoke, ON11 July 2018
I've worked in some really dysfunctional atmospheres where management would withhold information and there was not cohesiveness. As well very physically demanding jobs that had really no benefits and a rough work culture. Now compare that to here and it is a walk in to park.
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Work Culture, Pay
Cons
Dirty work environment
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A typical day at my work
Sr. Engineer (Quality Assurance & Control) (Current Employee) –  Rampura Phul, Punjab28 May 2018
In a typical day in my last position I fulfilled management tasks of analyzing & reporting the steel samples, as well as contact with the end user to share the information so as to come at end point. Throughout the day I completed various duties as well, including drafting documents and emails, filing and greeting customer. I also provided strong customer service and resolved customer issues.
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decent
Millwright Apprentice co-op (Former Employee) –  Nanticoke, ON27 March 2018
it was a good work experience i learned a lot about my trade. it can be a very dirty place but thats expected of a steel company. but it was unenjoyable place to work.
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Poor experience
N/A (Former Employee) –  Hamilton13 December 2017
-generous base pay.
-6% short term incentive plan annual bonus (based on individual and company performance - note: this is a company that has gone into bankruptcy protection twice in the last 10 years).
-poor benefits and pension (flex healthcare spending account and RRSP).
-horrible workplace culture - many people are very negative and damaged by the company's troubled history. Gossipy, unwelcoming, team meetings always cancelled, very protective about basic information, very demanding management.
-not open to change - will say they are, but then you will hear a lot of "this is how we have always done it" (again, a company that has gone into bankruptcy protection twice...).
-poor orientation and on-boarding - did not have basics like email, computer, phone, etc. for weeks to a month after starting. Orientation was boring and not useful. No colleagues to assist with learning the ropes as most are all new and drowning in work.
-too much work, not enough resources.
-lack basic systems, processes, policies, and information.
-was not conducive to work-life balance.
-retention issues - revolving door of employees who probably experienced the same things.

I absolutely would not recommend this employer to anyone based on my experience.
Pros
base pay was generous, that is about all...
Cons
long hours, supporting two locations 1 hour distance from each other, poor onboarding and orientation, very negative, unwelcoming and unsupportive workplace culture
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Stay Away
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON4 September 2017
This by far the worst place I have ever worked. Management is clueless and there is rampant nepotism. They do not pay for business travel and you expected to drive 50 km to their alternate site on a regular basis. Terrible benefit plan and pay is below average and they only pay employees once a month.
Pros
None that I can see.
Cons
Nepotism, terrible pay, terrible benefits.
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5.0
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Good place to work.
Journeyman (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB13 June 2017
Perform PM's
Troubleshoot and repair equipment when break downs occur
Hand out PM's to other workers
Alter PLC and HMI's as requested by management
Update time sheets, schedules, CMMS, log required data
Pros
Steady employment
Cons
None
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2.0
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Great people - struggling company
Process Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON2 May 2017
I enjoyed working at Stelco for the many years I did. Made many friends and colleagues that I still keep in touch with today.

The unstable financial situation made it a difficult place to work and ultimately led to my resignation.
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Maintenance is a joke
Industrial Electrician (Current Employee) –  Nanticoke, ON29 April 2017
If you want a job were you don't need to do anything or care about the future of the company than you should work in maintenance here. If you like to work and care about contributing to the stability of the company than you will be frustrated by the lack of effort from those around you and the obstacles management puts in front of you to do your job.
Pros
Sociable enviroment
Cons
So much
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ok to work there
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON26 March 2014
pay was very good considering it was 1979 summer student. I did various jobs which I really can't remember what they were called
Pros
good pay, benefits
Cons
I was young and working weekends, terrible hours at that age
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An intersting safe work environment
Power System Operator (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON3 September 2013
An interesting career where you had different tasks every day. A positive department with a strong focus on safety.
Pros
Variety of tasks
Cons
shift work
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full time employment
Industrial Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON3 May 2013
worked 12 hour shifts ,doing mech.work and prevenative maintance
on a rolling mill
all co workers were enjoyable to work with..
the heat sometimes gets to you
but the benefits are well worth it
Pros
pension
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great job good people to work for and with.
switchman railroad (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON6 March 2013
great environment, great people to work for very busy sorting empty and loads for the mills and shipments to go out
Pros
paid lunches and great people
Cons
changed to 12 hr. shifts and new management
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Excellent company until the US Steel team bought it out
Invoice and Billing Clerk (Former Employee) –  Hamilton, ON12 November 2012
Stelco was an excellent company and really stood behind their employees and cared for them as people and not just employees, this changed when the US bought the company and had a different mind set, more of a money making mind set then the heart of a city.
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