AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
33 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  1.  

    Good Company, but need more work to do!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Union
    Current Employee - Union

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

    Pros

    Great Pay for my college level! Great employees, hourly and salary! Union perks & health insurance.

    Cons

    As part of the union, there is this thing about not wanting to work very hard. About every day we get a few hours worth of work, then everyone stretches it out as long as they can, or hides till the end of shift. I'm one for steady work, and feel they are over employed. It is a rarity I clock out with a feeling of pride that I earned my days pay, this is quite discouraging and pray it doesn't lead to the same mentality over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back family tours, the men feel you do not care about their families therefore reinforcing upper management being an enemy so to say (it's basic psychology). Start some kind of motivating reward program that will boost competition among the men. Have more work orders available to take on for ever department. Hire a company like Elite Research to survey the union employees and you will learn how to get 5x the work done that they are capable of.
    >30% of all I see is willing hard workers standing around with idle hands while the factory is falling apart, yet you are paying good money for every minute of this. You can not force fix it, you need to fix your image with them & they will naturally want what is best for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Toxic Work Environment (Culturally Toxic, not Environmentally)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maint in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Maint in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    There is still 3 years left on the old contract

    Cons

    Heavy work-uniform requirements. Beyond the normal steel toed boots, safety eyewear, you have to wear eyeglass straps, hard hat, light on top of hard hat, heat-stroke inducing kevlar arm sleeves, clips for them which fall off all the time, safety vest which gets snagged on everything. Basically, you will be very uncomfortable physically every minute you're there. They even tell you which kinds of long-johns you can wear.
    Management get pressure from higher-ups to write people up for safety violations. One said he gets "brownie points for being a prck". So, whether you're a good worker or not, they'll want to write you up. This is why it's a toxic work environment.
    AK has also locked out its employees, so they really like to jam it to you. If you have a family you have to think about the company shutting the doors and you being out of a job just because AK wants a contract where you have a pay cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it back to the Russians who were PROFITABLE without you. The oppressive 1930's management style only creates ill will and people do less for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    They are never wrong

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

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

    Pros

    Always a challenge. Usually created by mismanagement or malfunction

    Cons

    Poor management decisions, poor maintenance, no effort to maintain employee morale, they are never wrong even when it violates the rules of nature, rude managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remenber the golden rulle and listen to your operators

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    If upper managentment like you, you're good. Otherwise, watch out

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    They pay well and I have learned a lot. through the projects I am involved in. There's lots of hand on experience.

    Cons

    Employee relations not a high priority. You are just a number and they have no commitment to their employees. Don't have a bad day or make even a simple mistake or it could cost you your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a higher value on the employees that are in there consistently doing a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good opportunities for advancement for those that put forth the effort. Safety is not a word but a culture at AK. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Environment is less than ideal in most locations, as is to be expected for a steel manufacturer. Training is not a priority. Pay is below industry averages as a whole. Incentive for salary bonus is tied to corporate performance, not individual or unit performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of those that work hard to make your company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Frustratingly inadequate management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, KY

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

    Pros

    I truly wish there were Pros.

    Cons

    Dangerous, Poor supervision, Higher then fire mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just shut it down or sell. Save some lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    AK Steel does a lot of things right and treats their employees well.

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

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

    Pros

    Health benefits and tuition reimbursement are very competitive with other companies. Promotions don't come often or easily, but the company does reward excellent performance and will provide new opportunities. Most of the employees are loyal, sincere, and polite.

    Cons

    The work locations are not good, but that is typical of manufacturing. Compensation is mediocre and bonuses will only be honored when the company is making money, which has not been in recent years. Training is not on par with many other corporations and could be much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult to spend money that is not available, but I would suggest spending on the people. They deserve it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    New Management Needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Ashland, KY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Ashland, KY

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

    Pros

    provides a paycheck for survival

    Cons

    corporate forces plant management to continue to operate under dangerous conditions after being made aware of problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to spend money on maintaining/repairing/purchasing equipment for a safer environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible leadership and a terrible union entitlement mentality.

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time

    Pros

    To reach the required twenty word minimum I will list the following as Pros:
    Coworkers
    Coffee
    Paycheck
    That's about it.

    Cons

    Inept and unqualified leadership.
    Drag your feet, passive aggressive, entitlement mentality union.
    No value put on dedicated people whatsoever.
    No opportunity.
    No balance between work and life for those that actually do the work.
    Egregious bonus percentages to unproductive and unqualified "management" .
    (when applicable, of course)
    A generally demoralizing place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in positions of leadership that actually know the processes and are knowledgeable in their areas of responsibility.
    Remove those that are continually falling short and never held accountable.
    Acknowledge and reward positive performance (monetarily and with opportunity) and put SOME value back into the great resource of people that work within the facilities.
    Spend some of that hard lost cash on retaining the talent that matters instead of rewarding those powers that be, that are contributing more to the demise than the growth, with exorbitant bonus payouts and bloated salaries when we're in the tank and still facing problems.

    Simply, do the right thing. We all want the same bottom line. Reward good performance. Correct poor performance. Make statements with good changes. Steward the company assets discerningly and invest in the properties and the people. Improving the culture and the company will show the hard working, dedicated and valuable workforce that the leadership respects the place and those that make it run and that will help keep the real talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits, not receptive to growth and change

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

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

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits are excellent

    Cons

    No room for growth and advancement. Career growths stunted. Disengaged corporate culture. Very resistant to change for the long term sustainability of the company. Management treats employees very poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to change. Promote advancement within the company. Use innovative solutions to?maximize departmental efficiency. Improve communication with your employees. Train management on how to manage employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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