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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "It has been challenging at times but I feel there is always room for advancement."

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    Current Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Rockport, IN
    Current Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Rockport, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Depending on your lifestyle they have different schedules. 4 on 4 off swing shift and straight days 5 days a week

    Cons

    Have to wear acid suits in certain areas, managers are always second guessing the hourly employees. Atmosphere is not the cleanest to breath at times.

    Advice to Management

    Less management, less second guessing hourly employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. Lots of opportunities to move around the company since so many people quit

    Cons

    Too many safety rules.
    Night and weekend coverage sucks.

  3. "Steady employment"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Butler, PA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Butler, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation as a contractor

    Pros

    No matter what is happening with the economy, AK seems to stay stable (for the IT folks anyway).

    Cons

    They tend to hire contractors and retain them for a long time, which can be a plus or a minus depending on your needs. Many of the systems are very old.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the needs of your employees, retaining talent is important when there is a steep learning curve.


  4. "Office Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is fair and hours are good.

    Cons

    Poor management, no team aspect, hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings not pieces of garbage.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Awful management and corporate policies."

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Butler, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is okay for the garbage that you put up with during day to day work.
    Benefits are decent, as to be expected for this large of a company.
    New CEO is kind and wants to improve culture and finances.

    Cons

    Liars and manipulators in management.
    Safety program designed to beat you down and to cause conflict.
    Inefficient safety program.
    Management by fear.
    You can't easily move within the corporation to a job you want. AK puts you where they want you.
    Be prepared to be very unhappy at work.
    Lack of rationale in problem solving.
    Work-life balance is not very good. Lots of hours, which is ok, but no sympathy for people's life events.
    COO is a total jerk, for all I know.

    Advice to Management

    Move people to jobs they enjoy, and make everyone's opinion matter. Purge liars and manipulators in management. Management needs to be full of leaders, and leaders are not the type that do not take responsibility for their own mistakes, or the type that throws their own employees under the bus. Also, change the safety program so that it does not beat people down, resulting in no buy in from most employees to company policies.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "No respect for hourly!"

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

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

    Pros

    Dearborn comments only and only 3 years under new mgmt of AK. Get the right schedule and it's livable. 4 on, 4 off, 12 hour shifts is like a mini-vacation every 4 days.. you will need it.

    Cons

    No matter your experience, seems like management ego prevents them listening to suggestions. They always know better. Seem to not care about employee moral. Incompetent supervisors definitely don't want to listen to hourly. Union is weak, union is paid through company, a conflict of interest. No appreciation for hard work, lack of respect at every turn. Rule with an iron fist instead of building trust and respect. Pay is not that great, at least in skilled trades. Stationary Engineers definitely not. No understanding of experience and value of an actual Stationary Engineer. Everything to them is "Boiler Operator", even jobs in Waste Water Treatment. Not worth getting in the door unless you absolutely make it a stop over waiting for something else. Upward mobility severely limited. Some mobility in dept to dept movement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ego, start acting like hourly workers know what they're doing and show some appreciation.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant furnace operator"

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    Current Employee - Hourly in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Hourly in Middletown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money is great and the insurance is really good.

    Cons

    Swing shift, long hours, work/private life sucks. You work anywhere from 8-12-16 hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer and respect your employees. Don't just treat us like a number. It used to be so much more enjoyable to go to work pre lockout 2/28/06. Start doing more for your hourly ​employees, like have family days and cookouts at old Armco park facilities.

  8. "Shift manager"

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

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

    Pros

    They pay you; that's the best pro I can name

    Cons

    A very long list of cons. To many to list.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with you managers and hourly workforce. Evolve with new technology.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Process Quality Engineer"

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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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn and grow in whatever discipline you choose
    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Union environment can be tough to work in
    There is still the 'old' culture present though its improving

    Advice to Management

    Continue to instill confidence and invest in people. The people collectively make a strong company


  10. "TQS Coordintaor"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about AK is the people I work with daily.

    Cons

    They believe in a bully style of management, treat embedded contractors as second class citizens, and every single day something is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the hard and dedicated workers you have.


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