This is the most unprofessional office I have ever worked at. I felt like walking out of prison when I left General Steel, it was that bad. During my employment, I have witnessed many people being harassed, dirty jokes flying around the office blatantly, people from upper management talking bad about those who call in sick or go on a paid vacation….NEWS FLASH JEFF KNIGHT..your so called General Steel “slaves” have lives outside of General Steel. The world does not revolve around General Steel. GET IT THROUGH YOUR BIG EGOTISTICAL HEAD!! One girl asked Jeff Knight for paid time off to see her dad who was having surgery for critical illness, he asked “what for? it is just a surgery” She then replied “Jeff, my dad is dying, he doesn’t have that many years to live, every surgery is critical” Jeff looked at her like he did not understand why she had to take time off for that.
For anyone that does not know, Jeff Knight is the CEO of the company. He is a 15 year old snobby kid inside a 60 year old mans body. Jeff is the biggest egotistical prick I have ever met in my life. He talks down to his employees, brags about his $25 million dollars worth of real estate, calls employees that miss work or don’t sell enough buildings fags, cocksuckers, gay, bitches, pieces of shit, etc. He says the same about customers that back out of buying his buildings as well. He makes a lot of threats. At one point he was quoted “When you sell a lot at General Steel you are treated like family, when you don’t you’re as useful as a piece of garbage littered on the street, better yet, you’re a piece of shit!” One girl quit after overhearing Jeff and Ken King make fun of another employee who took a day off because his fiance’ left him and he was having chest pains so he went to the hospital. Jeff said “His fiance’ ‘Bill’ left him? (making a gay reference when the employee was in fact not gay) He did not come to work because his fiance’ Bill left him? Fucking homo!” The female employee could not take the abuse and resigned the same day.
Jeff is very insecure and thinks he is god, he seriously does. He has been quoted saying “I’m the fucking man, anyone fucks with me I’ll kill them, I’ll beat their ass!” He takes kickboxing lessons and comes back from the gym walking around the sales floor throwing punches in in thin air and showing his taped training sessions to other employees. Think of that douchebag high school jock that talked about himself all day, took steroids, acted like he could beat everyone up, and at every chance he got he would tell everybody how much better he is than everyone else…yeah that’s Jeff Knight to a tee! At one time he put his leg on an employees desk, lifted up his pant leg and showed him a gun saying “Anyone messes with me, I’ll kill them.”
Jeff also likes to cater to the girls in the office, he makes it apparent. He flirts a lot wth the attractive girls and goes the extra mile to help them out with their deals. He brags about his daughter Lauren who is a manager and is as evil as he is. She talks like Jeff and belittles all of her employees as well. One time she sent out a letter saying that nobody was allowed to take time off except for Thanksgiving and Christmas when employees sill had paid time left for the year. Her and her husband Travis act like they rule the world, and everyone is underneath them. They have no appreciation for employees at all.
Another employee Ken King who is a General Manager is Jeff’s little puppet. He agrees with everything Jeff says due to Jeff paying for Kens alcohol rehab a few times and laughs and jokes with Jeff while he is talking bad about employees. When someone quits or resigns, Jeff finds some way to make fun of that employee in an obnoxious way. He has been quoted saying “Good, I’m glad she is gone, she can go smoke some pot that stoner bitch” He also plays live phone calls of people that messed up on a call in front of the whole sales floor and belittles the person. He played a call for one kid and afterwards said “You should be selling lava lamps at Spencers, that is how bad your sales capabilities are. It will be a miracle if you stay here until Friday” He then fired the kid. 20 mins later he listened to another phone call of the kid and said “bring that motherfucker back in so I can fire him again!”
This place is a bad work environment. The upper management is the worst I’ve worked for and I’ve worked for a few fortune 500 companies. General Steel just makes you feel dirty at the end of the day, sleezy is a better term. The fact that the CEO has to be front and center talking down to people in his office when he is worth millions, baffles me. It is a primary issue that has caused a lot of good sales people to walk out the door. The lack of appreciation for employees brings the moral down a lot. Nobody likes working up there. Jeff Knight is in a lot of legal trouble now as well so it makes the workplace even more unpleasant hearing him make threats to whoever is suing him. If anyone considers working here and has been fortunate to read this, let me just say this..FIND ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY! I believe nobody should be treated the way they are treated at General Steel and that Jeff Knight is the worst person to work for in my experience.