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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company with a Sound Future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership Team is committed to growth and investing not only in the company, but in their employees.

    Cons

    Steel is an old industry, so it doesn't always have that high tech appeal people think they are looking for. But come take a look, there are a lot of innovative things going on here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep your focus on your employees. They are the best asset you have.


  2. "Company with a Vision"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Corporate leadership is growing their talent base and has a really good on-boarding process with succession planning. Focused on technical knowledge of the business and willing to support individual contributors with education in the steel making processes.

    Cons

    None to speak of currently

  3. "Not bad if you want to work a lot and make good money."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Butler, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and health benifits

    Cons

    No work life balance. If something goes wrong never mind you had a doctors appointment. Work more weekends then you want to

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to give people a life.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay is good depending on position/department
    - Benefits ok/average unless salary

    Cons

    I don't even know where to start with this.

    The work/life balance is atrocious. Overtime is plentiful, which wouldn't be so bad but a lot of it is forced. 80 - 90 hour weeks isn't uncommon and management likes to dangle holidays over people's head to ramp numbers but not follow through even for the less vital departments.

    Safety is vastly used as a tactic for intimidation and a weapon to fire employees. Working in a steel mill there is obviously some very common sense things. But with this company they will find ANYTHING. There has been drug testing over laces coming untied. Write-ups over boot tread being a little worn.

    This company will also fire you for being to work early but not early enough. Nevermind if you might have worked two or three 16 hour shifts in a row or the unpredictability of kids/work rush. It's honestly one of the more mind boggling things about the job especially from one struggling to hang on to employees.

    There's a severe divide between salary and hourly. Management actively look for write-ups to hand out and are given a monthly quota to do so by the company. The result is working mostly for a dictator rather than a leader. Legit incidents of harassment will get swept under the rug.

    Advice to Management

    It's not unusual for an industry like this to treat employees like a number but this is the worst I've seen.

    Managment needs to realize they're not just leading their employees out the door but throwing them out. If someone is doing something negligent there should be consequences. But punishing an employee for an untied shoe laces, or worn boot tread, or coming to work early but not early enough is actually insanity. How necessary is it to impose some of the rules that there are? Why weed out good employees with the bad ones?

    Scheduling also needs a big look into. Overtime is fine. Extra money doesn't hurt. But there's a problem when the overtime has gotten to a point duties have to be altered or employees are falling asleep on their feet. It doesn't always require hiring additional employees. Sometimes its something as simple as a change in scheduling which could save the company money in return.

    Management needs to start working with the employees rather than against them. The saying a happy worker is a good worker is very true. Right now there are far more unhappy.


  5. "Annual Reviews"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary if you can negotiate it.

    Cons

    2017 year end review, “how did I perform, did I meet all my goals?”...”We’ll let you know sometime in August 2018.

    Advice to Management

    If you haven’t figured it out by now you never will.


  6. "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros to speak of.

    Cons

    Stay away at all costs. Even if this is your only job offer, do not take it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dictator style management with severe discipline constantly"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Weirton, WV
    Current Employee - Operator in Weirton, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Management rules with constant discipline slips no matter if you do a good job or not . .threats of termination, and no union support.

    Advice to Management

    Leave people alone, give them a pat on the back instead of a slip for a change. Average life expectancy for a career,,5yearrs of your lucky.

  8. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Management is fair, honest and forward thinking. Great pay and benefits. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    May need to be willing to relocate to a different facility for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    You have made great strides in changing the culture in the past few years. Keep looking forward.


  9. "Abhorrent should not be a description of anything relating to a place of employment, but it fits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pulling out of the parking lot

    Cons

    Can’t get out of their own way. 17 step procedure with photos for putting in a lightbulb. Beat your brains in with safety requirements UNTIL it affects production. Micro management is an understatement.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up


  10. "Mtc Tech"

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    Current Employee - MTC TECH in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - MTC TECH in Middletown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insurance and pay are good for the area.

    Cons

    relationship with local managers could be better

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experienced employees that know how the mill works


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