AK Steel Holding Corporation

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Updated June 30, 2015
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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Pros
  • Good pay for not having a college degree (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The safety rules are so stringent that it is almost a certainty you will break one (in 3 reviews)

  • union sucked dont fight for the ones that need it (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Former Maintenance Electrician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was pretty decent, my co-worker were pretty nice, the benefits were good and I didn't have to pay for my uniforms also they have a boot allowance

    Cons

    The way the company took over sevestal after they bought it... It was less than desirable... They came in and used safety policies as a way to punish the employees instead of using it to help and teach the employees

    Advice to Management

    You cannot come in and make the drastic changes that you are trying to make.. I know it is your company but you should work with the employees to help get the plant to a better place


  2. Little Respect for Employees

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    Current Employee - Power Services Operator in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Power Services Operator in Dearborn, MI

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

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

    Pros

    The pay rates are okay, but lower than industry standard for the licensed boiler operators. The industry standard is around $30 / hour and the company starts operators about $25 after incentive is factored in. 5 years in, you'll see $28.

    Cons

    The culture at AK Steel is one of "us against them" with regard to management's relationship with hourly personnel. There is little respect going in either direction.

    Advice to Management

    Steve Jobs once said, "It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do." Consider his brilliance.


  3. Helpful (1)

    dictatorship upper management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coke Plant Tech in Follansbee, WV
    Current Employee - Coke Plant Tech in Follansbee, WV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits,plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Ridiculous safety measures, they want to make a federal case out of the smallest incidents , employees wont even go to dispensary to ask for a bandaid for fear of losing their job . Make you wear unneeded, uncomfortable ata sleeves and leg guards to do your job at all times and dont ask any questions or else.

    Advice to Management

    Let the plant operate as it has for the past 50 years before you bought it,stop micro management, your ruining the moral of everyone,


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not a place for progress

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Storied corporation. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Everyone is scared to do ANYTHING.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Thinly veiled hostility toward hourly workers

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    • Senior Management
    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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    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. production

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grade II Crane Operator in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Grade II Crane Operator in Middletown, OH

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

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

    Pros

    money is good, benifits are good otherwise its pretty horrible.

    Cons

    shift work, freezes, management, overtime


  9. Can be a better place.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are OK but they must be vigilantly monitored.

    Cons

    Mistakes are scrutinized and accomplishments ignored

    Advice to Management

    Acquire management training and take it to heart.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. New Management Needed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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



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