AK Steel Holding Corporation
2.7 of 5 24 reviews
www.aksteel.com West Chester, OH 5000+ Employees

AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott

Jim Wainscott

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company to work for.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Middletown, OH

    ProsGreat benefits, good opportunities for advancement for those that put forth the effort. Safety is not a word but a culture at AK. Great people to work with.

    ConsEnvironment is less than ideal in most locations, as is to be expected for a steel manufacturer. Training is not a priority. Pay is below industry averages as a whole. Incentive for salary bonus is tied to corporate performance, not individual or unit performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of those that work hard to make your company profitable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    AK Steel does a lot of things right and treats their employees well.

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Middletown, OH

    ProsHealth benefits and tuition reimbursement are very competitive with other companies. Promotions don't come often or easily, but the company does reward excellent performance and will provide new opportunities. Most of the employees are loyal, sincere, and polite.

    ConsThe work locations are not good, but that is typical of manufacturing. Compensation is mediocre and bonuses will only be honored when the company is making money, which has not been in recent years. Training is not on par with many other corporations and could be much better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's difficult to spend money that is not available, but I would suggest spending on the people. They deserve it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro-Managing.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people that work for AK Steel are good people.

    ConsLong hours, Micro-management, and very clickish

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't kill your employees with hours!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New Management Needed

    Maintenance Shift Manager (Current Employee)
    Ashland, KY

    Prosprovides a paycheck for survival

    Conscorporate forces plant management to continue to operate under dangerous conditions after being made aware of problems

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to spend money on maintaining/repairing/purchasing equipment for a safer environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible leadership and a terrible union entitlement mentality.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTo reach the required twenty word minimum I will list the following as Pros:
    Coworkers
    Coffee
    Paycheck
    That's about it.

    ConsInept and unqualified leadership.
    Drag your feet, passive aggressive, entitlement mentality union.
    No value put on dedicated people whatsoever.
    No opportunity.
    No balance between work and life for those that actually do the work.
    Egregious bonus percentages to unproductive and unqualified "management" .
    (when applicable, of course)
    A generally demoralizing place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut people in positions of leadership that actually know the processes and are knowledgeable in their areas of responsibility.
    Remove those that are continually falling short and never held accountable.
    Acknowledge and reward positive performance (monetarily and with opportunity) and put SOME value back into the great resource of people that work within the facilities.
    Spend some of that hard lost cash on retaining the talent that matters instead of rewarding those powers that be, that are contributing more to the demise than the growth, with exorbitant bonus payouts and bloated salaries when we're in the tank and still facing problems.

    Simply, do the right thing. We all want the same bottom line. Reward good performance. Correct poor performance. Make statements with good changes. Steward the company assets discerningly and invest in the properties and the people. Improving the culture and the company will show the hard working, dedicated and valuable workforce that the leadership respects the place and those that make it run and that will help keep the real talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, not receptive to growth and change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    West Chester, OH

    ProsThe healthcare benefits are excellent

    ConsNo room for growth and advancement. Career growths stunted. Disengaged corporate culture. Very resistant to change for the long term sustainability of the company. Management treats employees very poorly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to change. Promote advancement within the company. Use innovative solutions to?maximize departmental efficiency. Improve communication with your employees. Train management on how to manage employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience as an intern.

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee)

    Pros-A great place to work as an intern and gain relative hands-on experience and knowledge.
    -Above-average wages for an engineering intern.
    -No physical work involved, but you will learn a lot!

    Cons-The place is dirty inside and out. It's just not a good environment to work in.
    -The supervisors sometimes seem to view the intern's work as less important, so it's hard to get any help. I have been waiting for months for my original project to be installed.
    -Supervisors will sometimes hand down paperwork to the intern that they don't want to deal with.
    -If you break safety rules, you are at risk of getting fired.
    -I have experienced co-workers that are very vulgar and offensive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are way too close-minded sometimes about things such as safety regulations.
    Way too many employees are overworked.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Upper management very unprofessional, don't treat people with respect!

    Production Shift Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Ashland, KY

    ProsPay and benefits were fairly decent, especially for the area.

    ConsTreat people poorly, hourly and salary. Plant manager is an arrogant, obnoxious person with no people skills or respect for others. The most unprofessional manager I have ever been around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that your employees are more than worker bees, they are people with families and issues just like you. Stop the "screw the hourly" mentality and work together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked with some great people while learning more than expected.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe coworkers are mostly great. The pay was pretty good. Every day proved to have new challenges, and it was personally rewarding to rise to the occasion. The company strives for a safe work environment.

    ConsThe hours are long and work can be difficult. The plant is a very dirty and dangerous place, despite the safety regulations. The safety rules are so stringent that it is almost a certainty you will break one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the office and look around.

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    Glass wall, glass ceiling, unable to envision a changing and growing future.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlat management structure allows talented individuals freedom to explore new ideas. Many individuals within the lower to mid management level of the company are quite capable.

    ConsNew ideas are not embraced or rewarded. Must quietly develop yourself and unfortunately move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace diverse education and business background; reward diverse thinking. Be honest and open with all employees regarding job openings. Allow decision making at the proper level without continual executive intervention or override.

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