United States Steel

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United States Steel Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
155 Reviews
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United States Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, every company has issues but your attitude determines your latitude (in 24 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits- they are very good, will pay you for over 8 hrs if you are there long enough (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent for those in the infrastructure department (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management is relatively down to earth especially John Surma (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Crazy place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Fairfield, AL
    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Fairfield, AL

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The money is pretty good

    Cons

    Every thing else is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all manager's and hire people that are actually qualified for the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful to the say the least

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations and Maintenance Shift Manager in Lorain, OH
    Current Employee - Operations and Maintenance Shift Manager in Lorain, OH

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay (if you are paid for all the hours you work).

    Cons

    Every aspect of the Job including the union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut down for three years and reopen as non union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Human Slavery

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    Former Employee - Driver -- But Put In Warehouse in Lone Star, TX
    Former Employee - Driver -- But Put In Warehouse in Lone Star, TX

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There was nothing good about working for this company.

    Cons

    all about money, slavery, working long hours without breaks, in 100+ temps with heavy FR clothing. Men were passing out from it. The work was growling and there was favoritism not based on any seniority or job performance--- only personal preference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unethical, prejudice, slave drivers.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shift Manager GCW

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Steel

    Pros

    Easy work, no real responsibility except showing up. I heard good racist jokes, I was amused at how much more intelligent I was than my uneducated area manager.

    Cons

    No innovation, throw back culture, boys club, small town mill with small town boys club mentality. Filthy, unsafe, people only dedicated to a paycheck. Resistant spoiled work force with no labor pride or craftsmanship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't exist. Management blends in with union staff so well, it's almost as if the roles are reversed. No one respects the management. Managers don't respect each other. A wash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Unscrupulous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ecorse, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ecorse, MI

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good money and benefits. Pension is nice as they match for managers and pay for most of your schooling, if it relates to current job position.

    Cons

    Horrific upper management! Plant level managers not much better and their amount of care for your well being is non existent. Expect your life to revolve around their facility, 16 hour days are normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looks good on a resume. Great experience working with all facets of steel making processes. Have a back up plan as they will clean house at the drop of a hat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promotion/Pay based on how long you sit in a chair - NOT PERFORMANCE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    History of company and foundation of American manufacturing.

    Cons

    No flexible schedule, no quality of work/life balance, no transparency in succession planning, merit increases are not reflected by performance, promotions are unlikely because the "leadership" (who are anything but leaders) never moves from their seat that they acquired from just sticking around long enough not because they were high performers, leadership out of touch with operations and processes. Compensation is no where near competitive with industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A total disaster- act now before the ship totally sinks!!! LISTEN to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a wonder this company is still in the steelmaking business

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    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Fairfield, AL
    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer in Fairfield, AL

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Close to home. Flexibility in work schedule.

    Cons

    Personally, I worked in an organization run by a tyrannical, menopausal department manager who was perpetually dissatisfied with everything. Specifically, this was the BSC - Process Control group. My direct supervisor was screwing up, so to save his own career, he threw his employees (including me) under the bus. Out of five total employees in 2 years, only 1 is still working for him - not an attrition rate to be proud of... Both of them constantly micro-manage and second guess their employees who for the most part are very intelligent, competent, and easy to work with. The management style basically fostered insecurity and dissatisfaction throughout the organization. In addition, these 2 managers were constantly bad-mouthing everyone in the Operations organizations - constantly. I would say 80% of the group would leave US Steel if they could make the same salary and benefits at another company. I am extremely happy that I no longer work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The way things are, the only talent you will ever attract are legacies (people whose parents worked at US Steel) or talented individuals who grew up in the shadow of one of your mills. However, the talented individuals who are local will quickly learn that the grass is way greener outside of US Steel. Health benefits are not adequate compensation to young, healthy, single people - you need to pay those individuals a more competitive salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Regretting my 3 years spent here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are good benefits options available to you.
    Many of your co-workers will be competent and nice people (but be careful of those trying to get ahead here)

    Cons

    This could be a terrifyingly long list, but I will try to keep it succinct.
    Incompetency is a watch word at this company. You have some managers who would actually be effective, but are forced into incompetency often and most are just plain incompetent but are connected so get the management job here. Most managers at this company (whether plant or corporate) get their job because they politicked their way into it.
    You will not ever be recognized for a job well-done, being competent, thinking outside the box or trying to innovate.
    You will be hired to do a job and will quickly find yourself re-tasked and re-tasked while still being responsible for what you were actually hired for. They will bury you in an avalanche of useless busy work, and then chastise you for not getting the important tasks of the job you were hired to do done. Even when you tell them you are falling behind and the reasons why. They don't care- you're just supposed to work more hours (anticipate a minimum of a 10 hour day). You will not have a life if you work for them.
    You will fight constant "emergencies" until you are dead inside and no longer able to actually detect a real emergency. The fake "emergencies" will be the result of incompetence or sheer overworking of someone competent until they finally drop one of the many things they are juggling. There is a lot of hurry up and wait at this company, and woe be unto you if you don't like that and attempt to change it. Every emergency is also based on it being a "safety issue". Because Safety is a watched quantity there. Except they don't actually care about safety all that much.
    USS is about the "U.S. Steel Way". They don't care if it's right or wrong- they just do it the way they've always done it. 25-40 year olds at this company frequently joke about having to do it the U.S. Steel Way in effort to keep themselves sane while working crazy hours, always being on call, and poor attempts to provide pseudo work-life balance.
    *In short, don't work here unless you have absolutely no other prospects. Don't be fooled by them and don't buy what they are selling if you interview with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation, better implementation of business processes and systems should be a focus. You have a horrible culture that immediate improvement, but I seriously doubt that you are equipped to make the necessary changes. People want to be able to come to work, do a really good job, feel they've accomplished something and leave the job at the job, unless there's a real emergency. Instead you've created an environment of hostility, passive-aggressive behavior, long & useless hours spent doing useless projects, time-wasting behavior, and total ineptitude. You will never retain younger talent, and those you do retain will slowly slip into the "U.S. Steel Way" of doing things and be completely useless entities, unless you do something to correct it now.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pit Manager many years getting ready to leave. I really love my job bur hate the upper management who lie all the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager II in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Shift Manager II in Gary, IN

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are only concerned about making money and never want to see your family get hired. Making money is the ONLY pro.

    Cons

    I am happily married but most employees are not due to forced overtime when your relief calls off which is often. Promised promotions that never happen and lies to try to fire the managers just because he/she has you do your job instead of sleeping all 8 hours and no backing from your coordinator when you do have to write up an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the business as a business and quit promoting people just because you like them or they make your golf game look better because they play well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    treatment of retired managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Steel

    Pros

    Good salary but that is about all.

    Cons

    I would never take or recommend a managers position with US steel because when you retire from the company, you are treated like a second class citizen, no benefits of any kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you fail to realize that your biggest boasters were retired managers and by failing to provide benefits , you have lost that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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