AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
8 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  1.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  6.  

    Co-op number two at the blast furnace

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small business feeling in a large corporation

    Cons

    None too bad so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    well paid but little respect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair in Butler, PA

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

    Pros

    Good pay for not having a college degree

    Cons

    Harsh environment, shift work, employees input not valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With a mature workforce ( average 20+ years) there is a lot of experience to draw from. Unfortunately because of the finger pointing atmosphere, many are afraid to try new ideas that may help the company. There is always the threat of "corrective action" if something is done wrong or if a mistake is made

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great challenge to learn and grow

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    Commitment to Safety is exceptional

    Cons

    Gun-shy culture reinforces protective behavior in workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage through respect and trust; consistently reward those who build up others and deliver performance; More honest and open communication with middle managers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    There is a great potential for advancement.

    Cons

    You may need to work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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