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United States Steel Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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United States Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits for the time being (in 54 reviews)

  • good pay, challenging work with smart driven people (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance leans heavily towards work (in 31 reviews)

  • Constant berating by upper management for results that are impossible to achieve due to the lack of capital investments in the machines (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Utility Technician II / ERP Oracle Trainer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Utility Technician II/ERP Oracle Trainer in Lorain, OH
    Current Employee - Utility Technician II/ERP Oracle Trainer in Lorain, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good Benefits
    Good Insurance
    Safety
    Pension

    Cons

    Dirty Work
    Long Rotating Shifts
    Bad Management
    No Respect For Employees
    Loud Environment


  2. "UI/UX Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - UI/User Experience Designer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - UI/User Experience Designer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in North America and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 24.4 million net tons

    Cons

    The company manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Old"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.....


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  5. "Project Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects and departments

    Cons

    Lack of varied support personel

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this time


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Furnace Operator in Lone Star, TX
    Current Employee - Furnace Operator in Lone Star, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Lots of over time when available. Able to train in more than one position if desired to fill vacations ans call offs.

    Cons

    Holidays, weekends, your birthday it does not mater, if there is pipe to be ran you are going to have to work Thanks Giving, Christmas, New Year and any other holiday.

    Advice to Management

    I really do not have any complaints about the management really. If you do your job and you show up when scheduled you will be just fine.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Utility Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Utility Technician in Lorain, OH
    Former Employee - Utility Technician in Lorain, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time

    Pros

    The pay is better than you'll find at other nearby companies.

    Cons

    Work schedules are horrible. Swing shifts that change weekly from day shift, afternoons and night shifts, between 8 and 16 hour shifts sometimes without notice. Usually only get a weekend off every 16 weeks and have to work most holidays, including Christmas. Dangerous environment also.

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team with your employees. Quit acting like the Pinkertons are still standing on the roof of the building with their shotguns


  8. "Cost Statistical Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cost Statistical Clerk in Fairfield, AL
    Former Employee - Cost Statistical Clerk in Fairfield, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits. Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Poor communication. Uncaring managers. Do not appreciate employees. Lack or effective training.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and be honest with employees. Praise employees for a job well done.


  9. "Great place to work despite economic challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Easy commute. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    1. Haphazard goal-setting, although I feel like most companies struggle with this. Goals should be set at a team level to increase engagement, not an exercise to be dreaded every year.
    2. Little to no professional development. As soon as business slows down, the first thing they cut is training (for management at least).

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time and money in human resources. Rethink your goal-setting strategy and find a way to invigorate your staff during economic downturns.


  10. "Good people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Crane Operator in Granite City, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay with good benefits. Jobs of multiple varieties and fields. Normal factory work making steel and some steel products

    Cons

    The field is in distress at the current time. Lots of laid off workers. Should pick back up in near future...


  11. "Industrial Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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



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