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United States Steel Engineer Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay and benefits for the work performed (in 57 reviews)

  • Good pay and benifits and vac time (in 94 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of hours and poor work life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Terrible upper management that doesn't want to change with the time (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Good organization but performance?"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good organization, good benefits, people are good.

    Cons

    Couldn't turn around business when other competitors did. Arrogant attitude.


  2. "Good work experience"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company matching contributions. Fantastic work experience.

    Cons

    Steel industry is often cyclical.

  3. Helpful (13)

    "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.....


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company.

    Cons

    micro-managed, no resources, high stress, unrealistic expectations


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They let go of the people who made the company great"

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    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Control Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time

    Pros

    Pay, and that says a lot, but the people I worked with made life enjoyable. I spent more time with these people than I did with my own family. We worked as a team and made the company millions of dollars NOT Carnegie Way, or the McKinsey Group. GREAT People on the mill floor made it great.

    Cons

    Everyone one is sick of the Carnegie Way BS and the McKinsey Group. We are leaving this company and will make a better product at your competitor place of business. You have let go of people that know how to make steel!! This whole company is going down hill, and will not be great again. You are so far behind in technology and that shows in using Lotus Notes. Your " I AM US STEEL" attitude has cost us vendor relationships, sales and employees..

    Advice to Management

    If all your managers( managers that have run plants into the ground and should have been fired for the way they treated people) on LinkedIn can post all day long what they like, maybe the Carnegie Way is not working. You should do a fish diagram on it and spend 2 weeks getting it out to the people. Or you could just use common sense and see what kind of management US Steel does have!! US Steel does look the other way when it comes to management. Look at the Sales Office in Houston.