AK Steel Holding Corporation

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Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Graet pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits like insurance

    Cons

    Management need better people skills

  2. Quality control and process improvement (2 years)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Structure, safe work environment, stability due to being a large company

    Cons

    Overreaction to safety incidents, bureaucracy, the "we've always done it this way" attitude, unengaged hourly workforce, communication within and between plants

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with the safety-quality-production order. Too many times, I see production trumping quality. "If we're not seeing many claims from our customers, we need to start letting more material ship."

  3. Helpful (1)

    World class electrical steel maker.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Butler, PA

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic plant manager that truly cares about every employee both hourly and salary. Good teams of hourly and salary groups work together to fix issues in the plant. Starting salary was fair and raises are definitely merit based. If you work hard and show worth to the company and try to improve raises will come easily. Shift managers use the safety improvement program very effectively. The safety observation system in theory is a fantastic tool but it is not used correctly in the company.

    Cons

    Safety quota system that is used by corporate to justify its safety rating is useless. For every 100 department observations 1 unsafe act must be found or there are repercussions to the management group. Managers cannot find real safety issues because hourly workers will get time off. Near misses are also not reported due to possible repercussions versus trying to learn and fix issues. Accident investigations are almost always the fault of person involved (hourly). The real root cause of accidents are not always found because violations are almost always due to worker not following a JSHA. Right now the maintenance workforce is severely understaffed in most departments and the corporation wants to limit the amount of contractors doing maintenance on site. There is also an unrealistic expectation to do more with less when it comes to getting maintenance done and expecting equipment to last. Temporary repairs are only going to last so long. Safety training needs to be changed so it is more effective and not all shift managers are capable of giving training.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more hourly maintenance personnel. Overhaul the safety observation system and monthly safety training. Having to find unsafe acts is the one thing that completely drove me away from this company. If it was done differently i would still work there.

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  5. Mechanical Maintenance

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Maintenance in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Maintenance in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The coworkers used to be best part of this job.

    Cons

    The Safety mentality is ridiculous. Way over the top. Everyone is scared of violating the never ending list of rules. Morale is at an all time low.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Thinly veiled hostility toward hourly workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Skilled in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Skilled in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch. Pay is commensurate with industry standard, if not slightly above. Plenty of overtime for trades and other hourly positions.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for hourly workers. Safety philosophy is annoyingly insulting and discipline driven. Salaried employees in the plants are required to write a few hourly employees up for safety violations every day. They can, ostensibly, write up safety observations of hourly employees exercising or displaying "proper" safety behavior, but in reality, hourly heads must roll. Citations include "not touching handrail while ascending stairs", "not having pinky through safety sleeve hole", "not having sufficient blousing of pant leg over legging", "earplugs not inserted enough", "walking on ice patch after applying salt", and "second from top shirt button not buttoned up".

    Advice to Management

    The safety culture must be transformed from the top down to encourage GENUINE concern for the health, safety, and well being (mental/Emotional/Familial) of all employees. Respect for all employees must be shown. Stop doing the legal minimum with respect to quality of life measures for hourly workers. Foster a constructive safety environment where reason is employed and people want to perform safely and at their best. Stop accusing people of drug and alcohol use every time something goes wrong. Stop being confrontational and aggressive regarding safety.

  7. Good money, but to many hours.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Train Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Train Engineer in Middletown, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money is really good after being there 12 years.

    Cons

    Forced to work 12-16 hrs a day. Moral is horrible, even alot of bosses out in the mill don't even like company. Company goes through as much salary as it does hourly anymore, that's pretty pathetic if you ask a lot of people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like their someone important to the company and not like a piece of dirt that they can replace with someone one else for $12 a hour.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Review

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity, growth, culture, values, professionalism

    Cons

    None that I have encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Definitely not the military - Not all good and not all bad...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary!!! They are good at what they do - bring in talent and get what they can out of you and send you along with MONEY in hand for your troubles.

    Cons

    Coming from the military, I found navigating the corporate culture to be the greatest challenge. The values and codes that we lived by in the military doesn't exist here. Check your loyalty at the door and understand the nature of revolving door that you have entered. You will stay as long as the money outweighs the lack of upward mobility, lack of professional development, and lack of respect.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with potential employees, especially military.
    Recommended slogan: 'AK Steel a great place to start...'
    It is a positive, yet true statement.

  10. Helpful (1)

    They are no good .

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Follansbee, WV
    Current Employee - Laborer in Follansbee, WV

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing,just a good pay w, benefits

    Cons

    Horrible rules, overweigh heavy uniforms with heat stroke kevlar sleeves and pressure on good foreman to be the bad guy and write slips ,justified or not.

    Advice to Management

    Leave people alone. they know their jobs and do them SAFELY and efficiently

  11. Great company operationally. Not great at managing people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is the premier steel company, and operates at a much higher standard than the industry as a whol, especially on safety. It also pays pretty well, and when times are good, bonuses are really good. Work life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    The steel industry has been losing money for a while, so belts are very tight and there are no perks. There are not a lot of opportunities for professional development. They also don't do a very good job of medium or long term strategic planning or budgets.

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