AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
35 Reviews
2.5
35 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Environment 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of those that work hard to make your company profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Frustratingly inadequate management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, KY

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

    Pros

    I truly wish there were Pros.

    Cons

    Dangerous, Poor supervision, Higher then fire mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just shut it down or sell. Save some lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH

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

    Pros

    Health 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Micro-Managing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that work for AK Steel are good people.

    Cons

    Long hours, Micro-management, and very clickish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill your employees with hours!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    New Management Needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Ashland, KY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Ashland, KY

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

    Pros

    provides a paycheck for survival

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to spend money on maintaining/repairing/purchasing equipment for a safer environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible leadership and a terrible union entitlement mentality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Inept 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 ManagementAdvice

    Put 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits, not receptive to growth and change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH

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

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits are excellent

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience as an intern.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You are way too close-minded sometimes about things such as safety regulations.
    Way too many employees are overworked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worked with some great people while learning more than expected.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office and look around.

  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Shift Supervisor in Ashland, KY
    Former Employee - Production Shift Supervisor in Ashland, KY

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Treat 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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