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Allegheny Technologies Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits are very competitive (in 12 reviews)

  • They have good benefits and good pay (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management cares little for employees (in 16 reviews)

  • Working 3 on 3 off 12 hour shift but don't quite get a whole day of PTO a month (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Only good thing is the salary."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Brackenridge, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brackenridge, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, received a signing bonus . Very competitive benefits including heathcare and vacation time. Not much else positive to say besides the pay, which isn't enough for the work you are expected to perform.

    Cons

    Long hours in filthy, noisy, and dangerous working conditions. I usually averaged 11+ hour days, often with no time given for lunch. Not somewhere where it is easy to move up. I interviewed for and was offered an engineering position in their tech center but on the first day of work was told it was now electrical maintenance on their strip mill. There is a giant disconnect between production/maintenance and corporate/HR. Very unfriendly and hostile environment, especially the union workers who have it in for any salaried employee, even so far as to purposely breaking equipment, endangering employees, etc. Management always looks at it with a blind eye to avoid union problems, which only encourages further abuse and harassment.

    Advice to Management

    Terry L. Dunlap is only in his position because he married the daughter of the former owner of the company. He is completely unqualified, both in respect to steel production as well as general business knowledge. Management needs to be closer to production and maintenance, instead they sit in their offices and implement misguided policies and programs and blame the support staff when it doesn't work.


  2. "Allvac Metal Company"

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    Former Employee - Raw Materials in Monroe, NC
    Former Employee - Raw Materials in Monroe, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits Benefits
    Shift Hours
    Vacation pay
    Holidays pay
    Bonuses

    Cons

    Stressful
    Demanding
    No Loyalty
    Watch Your Back Attitude

    Advice to Management

    Replace Exsisting Management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid if at all possible"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Cudahy, WI
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Cudahy, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that come to mind. There are some good employees but management team is the worst I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    Just about everything. Management does not care about employee's personal life. Horrible work/life balance expectation. Expectations are not consistent from employee to employee.

    Advice to Management

    Put middle managers in place who actually have a background in the departments they manage. Have one set of expectations for all employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hourly union employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the wages, benefits, and retirement

    Cons

    the management is the worst. they say we have Rcm but they won't fix anything, just patch it up and get producing product. They try to reprimand employees around the contract. There payroll program shorted people's pay for 2 years and once found the company offered to" split the difference" and pay half. The company keeps trying to reduce wages, benefits and the work force while trying to raise out of pocket health care cost. Going down hill fast.

    Advice to Management

    bring back Paul Ferrara. Great leader


  5. "Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Stable company
    Location - suburban, not downtown Pittsburgh

    Cons

    Indifferent/Borderline Hostile to new ideas


  6. "ATI Allvac, Lockport New York"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Technician in Lockport, NY
    Former Employee - Chemical Technician in Lockport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company makes a high quality product.

    Cons

    The mission statement doesn't reach to the lowest levels of the organization. Process comes before people, even when it doesn't make financial sense. Injury risks are prevalent, organizational culture is conflicted between continuous improvement, and the history of the steel industry.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct exit interviews for employees leaving the company. Turning a blind eye to fire & safety risks may make sense in the scope of limited bandwidth to address problems. That said when fire and safety risks manifest themselves the costs are high, and the impact on people is unacceptable.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company sells to interesting markets and customers with a strong materials science group to support. The products, global competition and customers create an exciting mix that is intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    The 'good ole boy' network is killing off the folks that get the work done and would like to have career advancement as part of their professional life. The work-life balance is non-existent as the company operates with a skeleton crew to try and appear financially healthy at quarterly conference calls. The culture is broken.

    Advice to Management

    People (your employees) need to be your top priority. Profits will follow if that is ever figured out.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "System Repair Technician"

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    Current Employee - Systems Repair Technician in Louisville, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Repair Technician in Louisville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    USW representation, competitive hourly salary, competitive incentive plan, competitive pension plan, responsible for wide range of equipment and associated experience, ICD career development program

    Cons

    rotating shift schedule, hot work conditions, cold work conditions, exposure to many industrial hazards and risks related to combustion, chemicals, electrical, mechanical hazards, excessive mandatory overtime, high responsibility for the reliability of old, unproved new, and 24/7 operation of heavy industrial equipment

    Advice to Management

    better value the work experience of its employees, better respect the collective representation of the hourly employees, rely less on inexperienced non-operationally experienced managers and lawyers, better address work/life balance issues


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great proving ground for young engineers, maintenance supervisors, and operations supervisors. You will learn a lot and meet very intelligent people, some of whom are eager to teach.

    Cons

    Strong culture of nepotism...good ol by attitude...technical people not appreciated or taken seriously...Corporate HR is comprised of lawyers who are out of touch with employees and have very high opinions of themselves...no career paths...you will be pigeon-holed...expressed desire to advance met with contempt...corporate greed culture...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and listen to them. The people on the floor are the greatest resource you have.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place for innovative types."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Millersburg, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Millersburg, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allegheny Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    On the positive side there are great people to work with and some interesting work to be done. Ultimately it boils down to who you work for within the company and what kind of work you are doing. Don’t look to this company for true innovation though, despite the marketing hype, because you will likely be disappointed.
    Also, there was a good work/life balance, but that depends on who you work for within the company.

    Cons

    The upper management is out of touch with the employee base and creates a culture in which people fear making even the simplest mistake, real or perceived. Because of this there is very little teamwork, especially between departments. While the upper management realizes that there is a cultural problem, they attribute it more to the employees than to themselves, and as such are trying to change that culture through endless rules and policies instead of creating a positive culture through solid leadership. When I left the employee morale was the worst that is has been in the 10+ years I worked there.
    The company as a whole seems to be focused more on marketing itself as a great company than actually doing anything to be a great company.
    When layoff's come don't look to the upper management to be the ones making the sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the know it all arrogance and realize that the employees have value


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