AK Steel Holding Corporation

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Updated June 20, 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. money good, management not so much

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Franklin, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great money and benefits

    Cons

    No life,always frozen for a double sometimes more than twice a wk. Management sux big, back stabbers,show favorites, unfair discipline actions, not such of an EEO, get no profit sharing due to *lost profits * however the salary ppl receives their yearly 40,000 every Jan. The union doesnt fight for ya like a union shod.

    Advice to Management

    Do ur job, stop harassing the workers, learn to think before you speak, u suck. Upper management stop stealing from the workers sayn u didnt make a profit,when u know damn well u did. Give them whats owed to them, if you cant provide a profitable business like u say theres a loss every quarter, then stop padding ur own pockets with ur million dollar bonus check,then maybe then those that helped make ur lifestyle, can get their profit sharing.


  2. Crane Operator @ AK Steel

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Middletown, OH

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Mostly good groups of people to work with.

    Cons

    Swing shift makes you miss alot of things. The employee morale is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to tie your job performance to how you can get guys in trouble and call it "being safe".


  3. Helpful (1)

    Gained experience but will make mistakes because of non existent training.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    Compensation is decent. Will gain experience and AKs perception in the market is " if you can make it at AK, you can make it anywhere" don't know if that's a pro or not.

    Cons

    Always looking to blame employees rather than educate,train and develop talent. Non existent training by managers in key positions.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers need to be trained on how to encourage and train employees to develop their talents.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    overworked but paid right

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

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime
    Work is easy

    Cons

    Not the safest place
    No job security

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing your employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Getting better...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working on improving internal advancement programs. Seem to be getting better at motivating with positive feedback and less negative motivational techniques. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Still losing money. Can't do that forever. Still a challenging place to work though. Not for the faint of heart...


  7. Helpful (1)

    Quality control and process improvement (2 years)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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."


  8. Helpful (1)

    The Wal-Mart of the steel industry.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Large market share, expanding, full-line of steel related products, US based company.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, paranoia at every level of management chain, encouraged to treat floor employees as sub-human.

    Advice to Management

    Enact management-worker groups in the areas of safety, production, quality, ect similar to the work groups enacted successfully in the automotive industry (eg VW, Ford...).


  9. Helpful (1)

    World class electrical steel maker.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Contractor for Lab unit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH
    Former Contractor - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Good pay and okay co-workers

    Cons

    Not into union workers and their can get away with any demeanor . Strict penalty for violating safety.

    Advice to Management

    None



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