- Olympic Steel Iowa, Inc.08.Jan 2016
Company that is in turmoil with a continuing turnover rate.
Poor communication and employee turnover have been hallmarks of this company. Claims to be family oriented, but absences for family issues received no special considerations as a reason for absence. One "family" event a year.
Support from management
Corporate structure was so that local managers had a direct report at the local level and also at the corporate level who were independent of each other.
There was a management team. However; each had individual expectations that were at odds with other team members. Team was not cohesive.
Freedom to work independently
Managers and supervisors were told that they had autonomy, but expectations and goals were dictated, then closely monitored.
Communication was poor when I started work there and was even worse by the time I left.
During the application process, women were given less weight because of the "physical" nature of the warehouse work.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Born in 1952, I was a target of jokes and sarcasm by my boss.
Advancement opportunities were few. Continuing education and leadership development was non-existent.
Overall compensation for your work
Unreasonable expectations and goal-setting by my boss coupled with corporate expectations made it impossible to improve compensation. No increase in salary, despite improvements.
Office / Work Environment
Typical steel service center; hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The smell from a neighboring cattle operation was ever present and could be overwhelming at times.
Social activism is left to the local level. Durant was Rally for the Cure for cancer.
Work was driven by customer demand and delivering material on time. Due to high turnover, overtime was almost automatic occurrence.
This company will tell that they are a family friendly business, socially conscious, diverse and forward-thinking, when in reality, they are not. Though I did not go on social media to air my grievances, many employees did and do.
There is no job security. Company is driven by profit/loss. Operations Manager will tell employees how easily that they can be replaced as I was on his very first day. He was hired from outside the company and held no allegiance to anyone there.
Company claims to have an "open door" policy at local and corporate level, when in fact, employees are discouraged from bringing concerns forward.
As Durant's safety coordinator, my time was split between safety and ISO 9001 coordinator. On safety, we were decreasing injuries, as well as severity of injuries. We increased presence on the floor, improved communication between warehouse employees and safety, held monthly meetings and safety stand downs, established safety committee and at the time of my departure, was meeting local/corporate safety goals as well as BLS averages. Payouts to workers compensation were decreasing as well.
As a safety coordinator, work was very challenging for a company that offered no viable assistance from corporate level. Locations were left to fend for themselves but hit the corporate numbers.
Inclusive / Diverse
Work force was overwhelmingly white male with high school education.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyOlympic Steel Iowa, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2015