United States Steel Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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United States Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi
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Pros
  • Fairly good benefits and opportunities for advancement (in 24 reviews)

  • Salary good regular, overtime pay and benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent for those in the infrastructure department (in 11 reviews)

  • 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 (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gary, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gary, IN

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great entry level pay, a great place to earn and learn

    Cons

    Union reps aren't as loyal they portray to be. Some are on the side of the area managers, foremen, or whoever wears a white bat.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty cool, just some take there job way too seriously


  2. Tuff place to work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, regular overtime.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management. Performance evaluations based more on favoritism than actual performance. High management turn over!


  3. "All I need is a warm body"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Gary, IN
    Former Employee - Production in Gary, IN

    I worked at United States Steel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SLIGHTLY above average pay, decent benefits. College tuition assistance.

    Cons

    At the title states while at US Steel you are nothing more than a disposable robot. Be prepared to sacrifice family, friends and sanity for the "Carnegie Way". Jobs include good benefits and nowadays they include SLIGHTLY about average salary. This company seems to get off on scheduling people on weekends even when it's not necessary. They rather have you take mon and Tuesday off than ever have a Saturday and Sunday off, great plan for building this moral they speak of. No sick days, personal days, or family days. Depending on who you are or what social cuticle you fall into you might be able to call off every week without any repercussions OR you might get written up everytime you call off even if it is a major emergency. Hourly incentive gets tempered with and you have no way of knowing if what you are getting paid for incentive is accurate because the pay checks do not include full details needed to help breakdown you pay day by day. Favoritism runs deep so be prepared to sacrifice your true character possibly become a manager's puppet. All jobs at "the mill" were once extremely desirable with great pay, excellent benefits, great schedules with long weekends and very easy jobs. In recent years pay has fallen compared to comparable companies because employees have sacrificed raises to "help the team", jobs have been eliminated and combined with others so people are running around doing 3 people's jobs for less money than they did 10 years ago. All of this multitasking and cost cutting sounds good in theory but is very hard to swallow when the CEO who stresses cost cutting takes on an $8,000,000 raise in the year 2015 while thousands of people are still laid off. In short, do your research before accepting a position, it's easy to get drawn in, and then a decade later look back and wonder why you gave so much with so little in return..

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk if you are going to talk the talk. If saving money is the new agenda than make it across the board. If you preach about being a "family company" then let your employees see their FAMILIES on SOME weekends, if safety is the #1 priority then don't just fixate on PHYSICAL safety, work on MENTAL safety, people need weekend getaways with their families and to see their children grow up, not sit at home on Tuesdays while the kids are at school to then be at work every single weekend for no reason except spite. If this company wants to even be the slightest bit relevant in future years start looking at business/employee relations of some of the bigger United States companies: Google and BP would be good starting points of reference.. If you get to the point where all you have to offer potential employees is a DECENT pay you will start to push away free thinking, semi intelligent, hard working people and be stuck with a brain dead, limited skill set work force which will drive your quality straight DOWNHILL and help close the company up fast than ever imagined. Want to make money? Want productivity and quality? Then bring something to the table besides threats and empty promises, one of you key principles of success clearly states: empower the work force by providing incentive.. Maybe it's time to take a look in the mirror before you put all the companies problems on the workforce that's all ready been beat down to a pulp..


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  5. Steel Mill

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Shift Manager in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Operations Shift Manager in Gary, IN

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a decent place to work, OT for mgmt and great exp.

    Cons

    Long days, Mgmt is not fond of its young talent. Loyalty is a joke here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire managers if you plan on letting them go at drop of hat


  6. Chas

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Repairman in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Systems Repairman in Gary, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits Package

    Cons

    Terrible scheduling and work hours


  7. Good job but steel industry on downfall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontline Supervisor in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Frontline Supervisor in Gary, IN

    I have been working at United States Steel (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent money decent benefits and retirement. Very diverse workgroup. Decent location. Safety oriented. Good bonus if company makes money but that is usually the problem...

    Cons

    Shiftwork never have weekends off. Steel industry is on the downfall. Harsh winter conditions. Technology is not very modern. The plant needs a lot of updates

    Advice to Management

    A little out of touch with reality


  8. Helpful (1)

    Don't' Plan On Retiring

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

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, big projects, fellow workers helpful and friendly, benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    US Steel has a history of cutting their employees for any cost saving measure. If you are getting close to retirement or moving up the ladder you are the first on the eRIF list or they will even outsource the whole department. They would rather have all inexperienced interns than to keep a person long term who has experience, to the detriment of their operations. Politics gets in the way when upper level executives insist on hiring their friends as the contractors. When things go bad and these "contractors" make big mistakes the executive is never around except for an occasional walk through to tell everyone they are doing a bad job. Working weekends is expected with no pay. Salary workers have been told, "we own you 24 hours a day, seven days a week". If you bring up the extra unpaid hours the standard response is -if you don't like it - there's the door. Can go years with no raise if the company is not making enough money although the Big Wigs get their incentive, it does not trickle down.

    Advice to Management

    Experience Matters and saves money in the long term. Stop upper level executives from dictating in areas where they have no expertise. Hold these executives responsible for their mistakes and not the low level guy working 7 days a week with no overtime. Maybe things will get better with the retiring of the previous CEO and his special friends.


  9. Must be willing to work shift and harsh environments

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Technician in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Technician in Gary, IN

    I have been working at United States Steel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong benefits and rewards, excellent wages, challenging assignments, opportunity for growth, outstanding safety program, many employment roles to choose and excel with.

    Cons

    Excessive temperature changes but we'll worth to man up too! On the southern tip of Lake Michigan exposes both workers and equipment to stressful conditions throughout the years. Plus the conditions of molten steel and iron may be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is important and should be valued.


  10. US Steel Gary Works

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Gary, IN
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Gary, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good pay for area

    Cons

    Poor management, unskilled management, union vs management conflict


  11. understaffed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Gary, IN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong union, decent pay and benefeits

    Cons

    more work than people to cover the shifts! everyone union and management, is running at minimum staff. infrastructure is in bad shape at this plant. it seems the company really expects a lot from their management staff

    Advice to Management

    get some help



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