United States Steel

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United States Steel Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
148 Reviews
2.9
148 Reviews
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United States Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi
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Pros
  • Good benefits, every company has issues but your attitude determines your latitude (in 23 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits- they are very good, will pay you for over 8 hrs if you are there long enough (in 8 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 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Archaic, Poor Culture

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    Former Employee - Labor Relations Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Labor Relations Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    It was very neat to work at a Company that has been around for over a 100 years. It was also really interesting to see the steel making process. I learned how to handle myself working in a male dominated company with old school mentality.

    Cons

    Can be a chanllenging work environment for females. The old school mentality is outdated and archaic. Be prepared to defend yourself in every meeting you go to because someone will challenge you or yell at you. The compensation is terrible for employees who begin right out of college. The only chance for fair compensation is to get hired with experience. Management is terrible and has unrealistic expectations of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that your culture needs to change or you will not attract and retain millenials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good initially, Bad recently.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by many hard working, intelligent, dedicated employees. Good benefits. Good bonuses if the company is doing well. Dedicated to safety.

    Cons

    Groups are very bureaucratic and disorganized. Management lacks direction and few have true leadership qualities. An employee with energy who wants to add value and ideas will quickly get worn down in this environment. Outdated "USS is the world. Don't mess up." culture needs to change if company is to grow and retain good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, long hours, biased management

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    Current Employee - Eot Crane Operator in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Eot Crane Operator in Gary, IN

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

    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
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    New and Young Engineers Beware.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    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
  6.  

    Frustrating, but at least I get paid well for it

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager I
    Current Employee - Shift Manager I

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

    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
  7.  

    Good place to work if you are made of stone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    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
  8.  

    Once good - but going down fast.

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Don't do it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Ecorse, MI
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Ecorse, MI

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  10.  

    Business Structure of Company Will Drive You into The Ground

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Current Employee - Management Associate

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time

    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
  11.  

    Once great, now struggling

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    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

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