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United States Steel Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
139 Reviews

2.8
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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 21 reviews)

  • Salary good regular, overtime pay and benefits (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent for those in the infrastructure department (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management is relatively down to earth especially John Surma (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good pay, long hours, biased management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Eot Crane Operator  in  Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Eot Crane Operator in Gary, IN

    Pros

    Decent pay if you are willing to work a lot of overtime, most positions come with bonuses

    Cons

    Difficult to move up or around within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees fair and they will work harder and be more productive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    New and Young Engineers Beware.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Very good hands experience working with a lot of different systems and dealing with very difficult (set in there ways) people. The benefits better than average and salary is OK.

    Cons

    The company is very micro managed. If you work at a ex National Steel location (Great Lakes Works, Granite City Works or Midwest) the environment is toxic in that everyone is so negative about everything (actually hates USS ) and does not want to work together. I think this resulted from a lot of bitterness when national went bankrupt and pensions were lost. Internal departments would rather fight each other than actually solve problems. The average age of the work force is probably in the 50's (management and hourly) and a lot of people have 25 - 40 years of 1st year experience (this is how we have always done it attitudes). If you have an engineering degree and are offered a MA position please really consider if this is the lifestyle you want. No matter what they tell you there is about a 95% chance you will be working weekends, holiday and swing shift and a lot of "just be here" and "hurry up and wait" moments. This could be for 10 years of even your entire career. The only way this will not happen is if a division manager likes you or you have family that is in management working at the mill, there is a lot of nepotism. If you do decide to work there be careful that the attitudes and horrible unprofessional management style does not wear off on you, this is extremely hard to do day in and day out. There is no work-life balance and promotions are limited after being bumped up from a management associate to shift manager (maybe a 10% raise) which typically takes a year or so. Promotions are then just based on a combination of time you have worked there and politics (dad use to run a dept,etc...).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring engineers as MA and turning them into front line supervisors. Consider replacing all ex national steel management to get rid of the horrible attitudes towards the company. Also get a better union contract for the company in place. Need to be able to have "hybrid" union workers (like the rest of the world) that can operate a line and also perform maintenance. The company needs to lean up to survive. With the new executive management team the company might have a chance to survive in the future and I hope it does because there are a lot of good american jobs on the line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating, but at least I get paid well for it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager I
    Current Employee - Shift Manager I

    Pros

    - Excellent pay (as long as you adhere to the weird rules, see cons) with overtime (could be suspended at any time, but I haven't seen it suspended since I've been working here), decent benefits.
    - Training was good for me, but I had a special year-long program. Try to look for opportunities like that.

    Cons

    - Weird rules regarding overtime and pay. I won't go into details, but it can mean that you don't get your full pay. Also, your immediate boss is king when it comes to pay, they can do whatever the hell they want within reason and you might end up getting screwed sometimes.
    - Dear god, ask about hours before taking the job. I didn't know anything about downturns and outages going in and I wished I asked.
    - Infinitely complex levels of upper management. I'm at the lowest level and it sucks being stuck between them and dug-in union workers that have seen countless foremen before me and everyone ends up hating each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "crap rolls downhill" mentality doesn't help me do my job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work if you are made of stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    On an individual, case by case basis, the people are very decent. This applies to both management and union employees. If you have a tough skin, don't mind if the company owns your life, and can truly ignore the big-picture politics, it can be a decent place to work. The benefits and profit sharing can also be substantial.

    Cons

    This is a very anti work-life-balance company. Most of the positions, especially out at the plants, wont think anything about placing employees on call all the time, 24 hours a day. They also claim to have flex hours, but this doesn't really work when trying to schedule flex hours around the endless streams of constant meetings. Depending on the position, it is not uncommon to push some people to work 60 hour work weeks.

    Although lower line managers tend to care a good deal about the people that report to them, it seems that the further up the ranks of management you get, the less the organization seems to care about the people who work there, both union and non union alike. High level major decisions, ones that have a significant impact on the working life of many employees, are often made without telling anyone about what is going on until after it has happened. On a daily basis, there is also always this very subtle subtext of a perpetual cold-war-like stalemate between union employees and management. Union employees are always quick to file grievances with the union against management. Management seems to be continually searching for ways to prove their union employees are not doing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although employees are a resource, do not call them that and make them feel as if they are nothing more than a number on some ledger, or a tool or piece of equipment that can be tossed around and abused at whim. People are people too. This may be all it takes to make US Steel great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Once good - but going down fast.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate HQ  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Corporate HQ in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Descent pay and benefits. Work with some really good people. Depending on your manager, some work schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    New senior management has no loyalty to the company or respect for the people who have worked there for years. BIG power struggle is causing conflict and bad business decisions are being made. No communications with employees - rumor mill is the only way to find out what is going on. Lowest employee moral in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of getting rid of and ignoring the employees with the most business knowledge and experience, listen to them and work with them to help the company become profitable again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't do it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crane Operator  in  Ecorse, MI
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Ecorse, MI

    Pros

    Great Pay and plenty of chances for overtime.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment, unrealistic work expectations at times, supervisors are liars and expect you to suck up to them and will target you for termination. Labor relations are biased towards management. No life balance and can be held over at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Die.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Business Structure of Company Will Drive You into The Ground

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Current Employee - Management Associate

    Pros

    Great company for a union worker. Good People; Great benefits. Within a couple years you can go move up quickly.

    Cons

    Old facilities; No consideration of work-life balance; Poor pay and training program for new Management Associates. No real training program but yet you get a significant pay cut. Extremely short-staffed across the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you wish to retain your future management, change your MA program immediately. Morale of your employees is low - everyone fears to keep their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Once great, now struggling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits and opportunities for advancement. They typically recognize and reward hard work and talented individuals. The product lines cover a great number of important and valuable industrial sectors and the material is in demand. Had an excellent focus on safety and made great strides in improving performance over the past few years (but has been slipping recently). Ethics has also historically been a very strong part of corporate culture.

    Cons

    Upper management is in a state of tremendous flux - virtually the entire C-suite is new with no one there with more than a few years with company. Aging facilities and declining infrastructure with poor focus on keeping current with market needs - most typically a follower, not a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage employees and listen to their suggestions. Too much reliance on consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing and unhappy.

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary. Non-union employees receive an annual bonus based largely on the company’s financial performance and safety record for the year, but is also based on individual and team performance. This bonus wasn't much in past years due to company’s financial performance. It was better than nothing though.

    -Some good and hardworking people

    - Work-life balance/flexible scheduling is available at Headquarters but mainly depends on what area/department you are in and your manager. If you work for a good manager, you should be ok. But beware the opposite.

    - Historic and iconic American company

    - Large corporation so there are lots of different areas to work.

    -New executive management from outside the company has some promise. Perhaps the last hope for this company to turn things around. It will not be easy.

    Cons

    - A lot of miserable, bitter, and low-morale co-workers. These were mainly employees who had been with the company  a long time. A few confessed they were only staying with the company because of the “good pension plan”(newer hires are on a different plan). Mix that with near constant job and pension uncertainty and you get this problem.

    - They have trouble retaining employees younger than age 30. Most of the people I knew who left the company before and after me were in this range.

    - Outdated company culture and management style. They are behind the times in most things. Times have changed and people aren’t looking to stay at one company and a pension for their entire working lives.

    - No real orientation when you start or take ongoing training classes if you work at Headquarters.  You don’t really feel like a part of the company.

    -Incompetent middle managers that seem to follow their superiors around from job to job within the company.

    -Little to no change management. Entire company is resistant to change, from  most of the executives all the way down. That is a recipe for disaster. Because of the lack of change management and company culture, their ERP software transition and deployment has been very poor. The project is on Year 7 with no concrete end in sight. Very bad project management.

    -Employees feel disengaged and disheartened. Negative atmosphere. Also a common “poor us” mindset based largely on the company’s recent struggles and uncertainty.

    -Little to no appreciation for employees. My new employer recognizes “National Employee Appreciation Day’ but I never heard of such a thing while working at US Steel.

    - Poor physical working environment at their Business Service Center due to cramped, windowless rooms, outdated furnishings, narrow hallways, and peeling paint.

    - Very political and bureaucratic. Lots of red tape.

    - Safety stance and message  is overdone within Headquarters. The company takes safety seriously and is obviously needed due to their plant locations, but it is too much at the Headquarters locations. I get they need a single corporate stance on safety, but to hold department/team monthly hour long safety meetings and go over things like stapler safety, door safety, and Halloween safety is just a waste of time and bewildering. The same safety information is pretty much repeated annually.  I felt I was being talked down to by needing to go over a three page document on how to properly use a stapler.  Also, they pretty much ingrain safety into your minds at other meetings and even leaving your worksite. Too much focus than what is needed there and it makes people tune out the message. Safety is important, but that was too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company could have the potential to be good again, but it looks less likely every year. Appreciate your employees better, especially those who are sticking through your transformation process. Also, move the culture and management into the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good variety of work, but ...

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

    Pros

    There are some great, hard-working people and potentially a lot of variety in the work. There is opportunity to travel and there is always something to learn, from making steel to doing business.

    Cons

    Stifling leadership, despite claims of change. The employees are hungry for true leadership and communication. Instead, there are huge egos that pretend to communicate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page before asking your employees to make sense of your vision for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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