AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
35 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  1.  

    Great company operationally. Not great at managing people.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is the premier steel company, and operates at a much higher standard than the industry as a whol, especially on safety. It also pays pretty well, and when times are good, bonuses are really good. Work life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    The steel industry has been losing money for a while, so belts are very tight and there are no perks. There are not a lot of opportunities for professional development. They also don't do a very good job of medium or long term strategic planning or budgets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    production

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grade II Crane Operator in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Grade II Crane Operator in Middletown, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    money is good, benifits are good otherwise its pretty horrible.

    Cons

    shift work, freezes, management, overtime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor for Lab unit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Good pay and okay co-workers

    Cons

    Not into union workers and their can get away with any demeanor . Strict penalty for violating safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed working with numerous professionals in a fast paced industrial setting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Manager in Butler, PA
    Former Employee - Electrical Manager in Butler, PA

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefit package and payscale was tops for the Butler Pa region. I found the majority of the management group to be professional , pleasant , and nice to work with during some stressful situations. I'd like to consider some of my former co-managers to be friends, although I've relocated to another city

    Cons

    The unionized workforce was at times difficult. Oftentimes their reps tainted the work enviornment with their over the top tacticks, but I found the hourly crew to be very good at their assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open the employment ranks to former managers --they may come back with a better resume and a full plate of experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Can be a better place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Production Scheduler in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK but they must be vigilantly monitored.

    Cons

    Mistakes are scrutinized and accomplishments ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquire management training and take it to heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Toxic Work Environment (Culturally Toxic, not Environmentally)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maint in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Maint in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is still 3 years left on the old contract

    Cons

    Heavy work-uniform requirements. Beyond the normal steel toed boots, safety eyewear, you have to wear eyeglass straps, hard hat, light on top of hard hat, heat-stroke inducing kevlar arm sleeves, clips for them which fall off all the time, safety vest which gets snagged on everything. Basically, you will be very uncomfortable physically every minute you're there. They even tell you which kinds of long-johns you can wear.
    Management get pressure from higher-ups to write people up for safety violations. One said he gets "brownie points for being a prck". So, whether you're a good worker or not, they'll want to write you up. This is why it's a toxic work environment.
    AK has also locked out its employees, so they really like to jam it to you. If you have a family you have to think about the company shutting the doors and you being out of a job just because AK wants a contract where you have a pay cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it back to the Russians who were PROFITABLE without you. The oppressive 1930's management style only creates ill will and people do less for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company, but need more work to do!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Union
    Current Employee - Union

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Pay for my college level! Great employees, hourly and salary! Union perks & health insurance.

    Cons

    As part of the union, there is this thing about not wanting to work very hard. About every day we get a few hours worth of work, then everyone stretches it out as long as they can, or hides till the end of shift. I'm one for steady work, and feel they are over employed. It is a rarity I clock out with a feeling of pride that I earned my days pay, this is quite discouraging and pray it doesn't lead to the same mentality over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back family tours, the men feel you do not care about their families therefore reinforcing upper management being an enemy so to say (it's basic psychology). Start some kind of motivating reward program that will boost competition among the men. Have more work orders available to take on for ever department. Hire a company like Elite Research to survey the union employees and you will learn how to get 5x the work done that they are capable of.
    >30% of all I see is willing hard workers standing around with idle hands while the factory is falling apart, yet you are paying good money for every minute of this. You can not force fix it, you need to fix your image with them & they will naturally want what is best for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    They are never wrong

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Middletown, OH

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always a challenge. Usually created by mismanagement or malfunction

    Cons

    Poor management decisions, poor maintenance, no effort to maintain employee morale, they are never wrong even when it violates the rules of nature, rude managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remenber the golden rulle and listen to your operators

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If upper managentment like you, you're good. Otherwise, watch out

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Pros

    They pay well and I have learned a lot. through the projects I am involved in. There's lots of hand on experience.

    Cons

    Employee relations not a high priority. You are just a number and they have no commitment to their employees. Don't have a bad day or make even a simple mistake or it could cost you your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a higher value on the employees that are in there consistently doing a good job.

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

    Interesting work schedule and management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Middletown, OH
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Middletown, OH

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, miss them, most of them would work as a team player. Some cared less.

    Cons

    Schedules, freezes, union sucked, not an EEO, union sucked dont fight for the ones that need it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your managers how to respect the workers, not an EEO like stated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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