AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
33 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  1.  

    I enjoyed working with numerous professionals in a fast paced industrial setting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Manager in Butler, PA
    Former Employee - Electrical Manager in Butler, PA

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefit package and payscale was tops for the Butler Pa region. I found the majority of the management group to be professional , pleasant , and nice to work with during some stressful situations. I'd like to consider some of my former co-managers to be friends, although I've relocated to another city

    Cons

    The unionized workforce was at times difficult. Oftentimes their reps tainted the work enviornment with their over the top tacticks, but I found the hourly crew to be very good at their assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open the employment ranks to former managers --they may come back with a better resume and a full plate of experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company, but need more work to do!

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    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
  3.  

    Good company to work for.

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    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.  

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

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    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.  

    Micro-Managing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that work for AK Steel are good people.

    Cons

    Long hours, Micro-management, and very clickish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill your employees with hours!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great pay, Easy work

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay was fantastic for my education level and the work was incredibly easy %90 of the time

    Cons

    The hours were incredibly long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Co-op number two at the blast furnace

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation as an intern (less than an 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
  9.  

    well paid but little respect

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    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
  10.  

    Great company but limited opportunities for women

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits, and bonuses. Employees are loyal and fell like a big family. Great work-life balance. Extremely committed to safety!

    Cons

    Sometimes militant in enforcement of rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Continue to be fair to employees and they will continue to be loyal.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great challenge to learn and grow

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    • 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

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