United States Steel
2.7 of 5 108 reviews
www.ussteel.com Pittsburgh, PA 5000+ Employees

United States Steel Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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2.7 108 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

United States Steel Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Surma Jr.

John P. Surma Jr.

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsThe benefits are great, in my opinion. The managers also allow for a great work life balance.

ConsIn town, which is not so bad but inconvenient. Very corporately structured and nothing can be accomplished without some type of bureaucratic process.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive less experienced employees more opportunity to grow, and compensate for that growth. There seems to be a mentality that unless employees have 15+ years experience, their ability to move up within the organization is very limited.

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Solid company - But outdated in corporate culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsThe people, Great location, reasonable compenstion, good benefits

Conspoor career options, no 'alternative' working opportunities such as working from home.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate policies to be more flexible with work options.

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Too much paperwork

Process Control Engineer (Current Employee)
Gary, IN

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsThe pros are all about compensation is pretty good, good benefits (eye, dental, healthcare), matching 401k, old pension plan. Hours are ok. No required overtime.

ConsWay too much paperwork. How anyone in the BSC gets anything significant done is amazing. Hell 5 years ago someone would call for help and we would just get it done. Now it takes 3 hours of paperwork and approvals to even start working on things. Ridiculous! The old time mainframers in Pittsburgh have pushed down their archaic standards on everyone else. Get with the times people!

Dirty, filthy, unprofessional work environment. Clean the place up! I should come to work and be proud to work there, not ashamed of what a pit the place is. We can't even give us janitorial service on a consistent basis. Really?

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is 2010, not 1950. Run the company like you'd want it to be if you worked here. I think we need to clean house from top to bottom and get rid of the useless managers that are around. Promote people that do a good job, promote union workers who know what's going on. Stop the nepitism. Do not promote the uselss ones that you don't know what to do with. Fire incompetent people. Stop micro-managing everyone. If you give someone some responsibility, have some confidence in them to do things right. If not, why did you give them the extra responsibility? The company really has a lot of talented people that put in a lot of effort. Let's start rewarding those people.

Finally, clean the place up. Pave the damn roads in the plant. Just because it's a steel mill doesn't mean everything has to be falling apart and filthy.

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Ok place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsBenefits and pay are good. The hours are a little untolerable, but if you can deal with that the pay is worth it

ConsManagement is horrible. They treat workers with disrespect and there is a constant fear of losing your job, this is also due to the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start to implement new age business practices. Carnegie ran the company a long time ago and it's time to get into the 21st century.

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Good job for the money, but not a nice place to work.

Op Tech Level IV (Current Employee)
Gary, IN

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsGood pay. Labor at $17 ...maintenance $22 hr plus incentives that range from $1 per hour to about $5 per hour. Good medical benefits.

ConsDirty Environment. Dirty work. Too much forced overtime. Zero tolerance attendance policy. Horrible union-management relationships. They bounce you around between plants at will (they have 3 plants in Northwest Indiana) Management is inexperienced, and under alot of pressure. Shift work is hard on the body. The units are old and falling apart. You are exposed toa lot of coal dust, chemicals, and fumes. Its not a healthy place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop infighting; start managing the employees that you have. Plan ahead. The chaos in that place is ridiculous and the underutilized workforce is sickening. And, paint those buildings...and paint the bridges iat the Buchanon street entrance. They look like crud. Clean the place up. Its dirty. Sweep...get rid of scrap laying around everywhere ...old parts etc. Stop working people forced overtime. They just sit around and sleep when you over schedule them. And, the next couple days they can barely function due to tiredness. OVERTIME SHOULD BE VOLUNTARY. Also, a absentee policy needs to be implemeted. Zero tolerance in a retarded policy. People get sick. Period. PROMOTE FROM WITHIN. The managers cannot possibly do theri jobs because they have NO IDEA what they are dealing with. Workers from the union with 20 years would be better suited to make operational and maintenance decisions. Wise up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Remote Train Operator (Former Employee)
Ecorse, MI

I worked at United States Steel

ProsMoney, money, and more money!!! All the overtime one could want, and then some. Lots of opportunities to do pretty much any job you want from working labor to operating heavy machinery. On top of that the hourly pay is good and quarterly bonuses are given out to all hourly employees. The pool of hourly employees is great. Lots of good and hardworking folks are employed there. Almost all of them will do anything to help you out and I think this provides a great atmosphere to work in. Some of the friendliest people I have ever met have been from there.

ConsManagement treats employees in a very non-friendly manner. Take your safety glasses off to wipe the sweat off them and they will send you home. They're that picky. Also, they do not like you to take breaks. Working in blistering heat and wearing multiple layers of heavy clothes can be hard on your body and sometimes you need to cool off. This fact is sometimes lost on management as they seem to think you are a robot. The word safety is thrown around constantly but is often just that, a word. Not all managers are like this but that seems to be the approach that USS trains their management employees to use with the hourly employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect and try to work with them, rather than against them.

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U. S. Steel: The old, the good and the bad.

IT Consultant (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsOutstanding benefits package; it's gotten a bit worse over the last few years (and they cut the 401(k) match in January), but other than that you can't beat it.
There is also a reasonable ability to advance in the company. If you are willing to work like a lunatic and move every two years, you're golden.
There is also a strong sense of history, working for Andy Carnegie's own company. 108 years brings a lot with it, both good and bad.

ConsThere is little tolerance for risk. This leads to people being more concerned with not screwing up (or worse, more focused on blaming others) then they are with actually trying to get something done. The goal is not to hit a home run -- it is to avoid striking out.
Some executives (with the notable exception of the CEO) are quite fond of screaming and swearing, so you'd better have a thick skin if you interact with them.
Benefits are (were) great, but salaries are middling to poor. Also, it is tough to get more money out of them, even if you switch to a new job with more responsibility. If you fight it out you may get something, but they will make you fight for it.
There is little focus on technology; they use what they always have, and are very resistant to anything new. (I'm speaking of process technology such as EAFs and thin-slab casters, not computer and IT.)

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more chances, accept for risk. Sometimes you need to go for it.

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Solid company trying to maintain strength of steel, technologically and economically.

Maintenance Management (Current Employee)
Gary, IN

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsHome grown atmosphere, meaning upper management is felt all the way down to front line employees. Strongly support & help with furthering education.

Cons24-hr production 365 DEMANDING. Personal life becomes a dream rather than reality

Advice to Senior ManagementContinually evolve training methods for effectiveness.

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Strong pontial, unrealized

Mechanical Maintenance MA (Current Employee)
Gary, IN

I have been working at United States Steel

ProsBenefits are excellent, and the pay is very good. Steel is an infinitely interesting product as well as infinite uses and excellent demand. There are great opportunities at this company if you are willing to work hard for them. Hundreds amazing and miraculous processes taking place.

ConsVery long Hours, sometimes hostile work environment, can be called anytime of day or night, very tight budget to run our organization( maintenance). A great deal of decisions are already made for you, always way too much to be done and not enough people around the perform the job tasks.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs far as maintenance goes, its overrun and budgeted by bean counters that have no understanding of the proceeses taking place, actually end up costing the company more money by not allowing all Preventitive maintenace to be accomplished.

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Surma: Incredible businessman, removed from the process.

Process Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at United States Steel

ProsOn paper this has to be one of the best companies to work for. Generous 401K contribution (5% company match), health benefits (I think my contribution was 40/mo for comprehensive), education reimbursement (12K/yr), and a push to move young people through the system to management as they tried to fill the gaps baby boomers were leaving when they retired.

ConsI cannot speak for the environment at HQ or the Global Service area, as I worked on the production side of things out in the plant. But I will say that there was little regard for work life balance. I worked every third weekend, whether that weekend fell on a holiday or not. I worked 2 Christmases and 2 Thanksgivings, had holidays cancelled, worked 24 hour days etc. The only compensation I received was a day off available to me the following week. My business unit in particular was run more poorly than others, I think , but in general the mindset is that the longer you are at work, the more you are accomplishing which is false. There appeared to be great disparity between those who worked in HQ and those who worked in the plants.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake employees feel that their time is valued. Offer them small perks that balance out what they sacrifice. The people who work in the plants are the ones who make the company tick. There should be some additional compensation for those who have to ruin their cars, work erratic hours, risk serious injury, miss holidays, etc. Giving some incentive may accomplish several things. 1) people wont hate coming to work and they might actually enjoy themselves 2) They will be more motivated if they know their time will be rewarded 3) You may end up getting people from other aspects of the business interested in plant activities - this may result in management who is not out of touch with the day to day operations in the plants.

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