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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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  • upper management is not hands on (in 7 reviews)

  • AK wants them to be number one in your life and there is no work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership, Talent, Culture. Recent CEO & CFO are an improvement over past. In a struggling industry, the company does its best to remain positive and forward focused.

    Cons

    Not always innovative and default to past solutions. Could approach problems with more emphasis on statistical capability.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to excel in automotive and differentiate from other commodity products wherever possible.


  3. "IT Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Butler, PA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Their IT staff has Attention to detail and quality. They use good architechtual principles and provide great opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Due to failing steel markets, staff is lean and you feel it. Stress on the job and pressure to perform are over the top.


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  5. "Shift Manager - Butler Works"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Butler, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What a change, I have been in this position for over ten years, our culture has changed over the last two years, very positively. Our Plant Manager actually, talks and listens to all the employees. He is approachable and shows respect to everyone.

    Cons

    I don't have any negatives to add here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. "Great company operationally. Not great at managing people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chester, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. "Good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Middletown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. "Co-op number two at the blast furnace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Current Intern - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small business feeling in a large corporation

    Cons

    None too bad so far.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "well paid but little respect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair in Butler, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Repair in Butler, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for not having a college degree

    Cons

    Harsh environment, shift work, employees input not valued

    Advice to Management

    With a mature workforce ( average 20+ years) there is a lot of experience to draw from. Unfortunately because of the finger pointing atmosphere, many are afraid to try new ideas that may help the company. There is always the threat of "corrective action" if something is done wrong or if a mistake is made


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Process Quality Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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