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United States Steel Engineer Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Industrial Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at United States Steel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company with good ethics & people

    Cons

    I did not face any


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Old"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay, and benefits. While many companies have eliminated or frozen pension plans for salaried employees (including USS), USS has replaced the pension with a 4.5-8.5% monthly supplement to your 401k. This is in addition to their 401k match. There are still a few really good managers left in the company.

    The company works pretty hard to instill good corporate ethics in its employees. Good interactive training provided on ethics (but not sure why similar training programs aren't in place for other aspects of the business).

    Cons

    Most of the managers are still old school. Poor communication up and down the corporate structure. Middle managers historically filter information going up, so they can protect their buddies and themselves, so top management doesn't get the real story of what happens. Lack of trust in the organization, particularly among top managers (VP's). Instead of VP's providing any real value, they hire consultants to do their real work. Consultants know little about the why's and why not's of the business and in those few occasions when they actually ask, they then take the answer up to the top and get rewarded for what many in the organization already know.

    Incredible lack of training.....each manufacturing plant trains people differently (if at all), even in key jobs, so training is hit and miss.....want to know why plant performance is typically bad and often highly variable ? Look at your employee training (hourly and salaried)......there is a corporate training group (2 people for a $10 billion company).....the few plant training personnel that existed were the first to be laid off in the recent down turn. Plant performance consistency comes from solid leadership and good employee training. USS has demonstrated neither of those.

    Most plant equipment is old......new mills being built have significant advantages over USS. Rather than spending the bulk of the capital improvement money on improving the product and process consistency, or becoming more cost competitive, lost of money is spent adding new capacity for those "boom years", which are few and far between. So equipment and operations that cost hundreds of millions of dollars just 3-4 years ago sit idle.

    Department managers have right to cancel your job move or promotion to a different department within the company if they don't want you to leave their department. Lousy system that is very discouraging to employees stuck with a dead end boss.

    Advice to Management

    Mario,
    Stop driving your Porsche turbo and your Bentley to the office....we all see you and your three thousand dollar suits and wonder what are we getting for our money. Need a Come-to-Jesus meeting with your direct staff. All they're interested in doing is stabbing each other in the back so they can have your job, and all 6000 salaried people below them knows that. You need to build a trustworthy organization, AND THAT STARTS AT THE TOP. (while you're at it, see if you can cut back on the number of VP's a little.....28 VP's is just not working). A TEAM is not a group of people who work together. A TEAM is a group of people who trust each other. Build a TEAM.

    Start visiting the salaried and hourly people in your plants and offices.....only takes a couple hours per month. Sit and talk with people about the company. Spend less time outside the company and more time with your company.....don't worry, Wall Street will notice the changes that will occur.

    Make your VP's spend half a day per month working along side someone in their organization (other than their direct reports). They will learn things they will want to change.

    Spend just a little bit of time and effort looking at the really bad decisions that were made over the past several years so that you don't just keep repeating them.....


  3. "Solid company to gain experience from upon graduating from university."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Projects require interfacing with multiple departments throughout the corporation. Hardworking employees who are willing to lend a hand to help achieve a desired result. Fair compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to cut through for both menial and substantial tasks. More time spent navigating around self inflicted red tape than problem solving. Career development is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    An increased risk threshold is going to be necessary in order to allow the company to become prosperous in the future.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Falling from great"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, steady job.

    Cons

    Cyclical market condition, numerous restructure, down size opertunities.

    Advice to Management

    Compete with a well thought out plan and communication With your team members.


  6. "Always fun to come to work"

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    Current Employee - Process Control Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Process Control Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management lets us work independently
    Pay and 401k matching is good

    Cons

    Cost cutting has reduced any investment into the business.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the MBAs running the business - put control back in the hands of steel people


  7. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lone Star, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lone Star, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and there is a friendly safe environment to work in.

    Cons

    There is a buddy system when it comes time for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to retain good leadership and remove the buddy system.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away if you can"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    OK salary and benefits, nice co-workers

    Cons

    The company is only a shadow of its glory days. Old school management. Not much room to grow. Job security is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees as disposables and try to find other solutions for cost cutting measures.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Depends"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary even if slightly on the lower end, some locations are better to work than others.

    Cons

    Continue to make the same mistakes. Too much of personnel shuffling.

    Advice to Management

    First figure out what you want to do and where you want to go. Then take action. If you have a plan founded on sound principles, back it for a reasonable amount of time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Change is not coming soon enough."

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Lorain, OH
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Lorain, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. A lot of really great people to work with who want to see things change so the company can stay in business for many more decades.

    Cons

    No work life balance and old attitudes. A lot of ego gets in the way in some departments, so change is difficult at best. A lot of the management was recruited out of college many years ago or trained in-house by other managers so they don't really understand that there may be other, better ways to do things that can be adapted from other industries, that they don't know everything, and are often ignoring their best resource for improvement ideas - union workers.

    Advice to Management

    (1) Get rid of anyone who is promoting the old attitude of us (management and/or non-union) against them (union). (2) Stop bleeding money to move people around the country, technology today means people don't have to actually be on site to work together or be managed. (3) Make a better product and people will buy it, which means you have to find a way to catch up on manufacturing technology fast to make it consistently better and more cost effective for all customers, not just the ones that buy the most.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Ecorse, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ecorse, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was decent, so were the benefits (401 k match was higher than most), but thats it.

    Cons

    Lots, too many to list, but they include

    1.) Horrible management - Treat employees like a disposable resource
    2.) work life balance - I was working 80-100 hours/week. NO OT PAY. my hourly guys made 30k more per year than I did and I worked longer hours
    4.) No promotional availability
    5.) Hostile work environment
    6.) Neglect for employee well being

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like trash. Pay them when you force them to work. Salaried professionals should not be treated worse than the scum on the bottom of your foot.