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United States Steel Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits for the time being (in 56 reviews)

  • Good pay and benifits and vac time (in 84 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 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Downward Spiral"

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

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Downtown location and some talented, driven employees.

    Cons

    Because the company was making cuts and relying heavily on the counsel of McKinsey, lots of experienced employees were marginalized or cut. It was difficult and draining to work at an organization who seemingly valued employees so little. If it could happen to the person sitting next to you, it could happen to you.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to consider employees as an asset rather than a liability.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Taking the enjoyment from life in Fairfield Alabama"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Fairfield, AL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Fairfield, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, money can be good if you put the overtime in, company pays for all PPE, usually good about providing good tools and equipment for maintenance.

    Cons

    Terrible management, shift work, expected to cover the shifts of those that don't show up, very weak union, not the caliber of coworkers you'd expect, if the process didn't 90% run itself they would run it into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Quit allowing outside groups looking for a paycheck to tell you what you need and don't need in your own plants.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If you enjoy beatings this place is for you!"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The paycheck usually arrives on-time. Parking is ample if you like walking. And, if you like working for 24-28 year old childish front line managers that literally couldn't care less whether you live or die, then this is the place for you. I've been there for 20 years, so, I'm well experienced with most of the nuances of Gary Works.

    Cons

    Well, if you don't like your schedule being totally variable, being dictated to by children/recent college grads, indifferent upper management, or being a member of a union that has only exists to take your money while siding with the company seemingly the majority of the time, then you won't like working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    For all of the newly hired managers, if you like being treated like a whipping boy, have your life completely consumed by your employer, and want to be treated like crap otherwise, then US Steel is for you, especially at Gary Works. For those that survive their first 5 years without quitting, you are either sadistic, masochistic or completely oblivious or immune to pain.


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  5. "Steer Clear if You Can, Once a great company to work at. Not any more"

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    Former Employee - Department Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Department Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good path for advancement.

    Cons

    Overworked employees. I was working 12 to 16 hours a day with weekends and holidays thrown in. Way to many off hour phone calls. Completely stressed out. Insane safety culture. The basic idea is good but supervisors are pencil whipping everything to get it done because there are not enough resources to do what you say you want to do. The fat was cut long ago. Muscle is cut to the bone too.

    Advice to Management

    Executive Managers. Treat you base and mid managers like people. Do not follow the "Goodish" legacy. Follow the legacy of Paul Wilhelm instead. Your most precious resource is the people who work for you, not the money. Keep the executive bonus structure in line with performance not greed.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "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.....


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pitt side burner"

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    Current Employee - Slide Gate in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Slide Gate in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Steel full-time

    Pros

    Awesome money easy 100k...insurance awesome dental awesome vision great..and it's free to employees...employer pays for insurance

    Cons

    Gotta put in the time for the money to be good...

    Advice to Management

    Some good Some bad..


  8. "It's a job"

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    Current Employee - Millwright in Lone Star, TX
    Current Employee - Millwright in Lone Star, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is real good for the area. The Job is not hard. Insurance is the best part of the place.

    Cons

    Your a number. They do not care what the union says and do as they will. If you work here avoid the union because their just scam artist


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Maintenance Technician"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance Technician in Clairton, PA
    Current Employee - Electrical Maintenance Technician in Clairton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay when overtime exists. Benefits average. 401k plan. Reimbursement for school / education (limited). One of a few employers that will employ older workers due to experience.

    Cons

    Almost everyone works a rotating shifts--weekly rotation, straight or Timken. No the nicest of working environments. Safety is apex, until production is at risk. Nepotism runs rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Should seriously consider raising pay for salaried employees to attract seasoned managers, and not hire managers without experience and fresh out of college.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible..."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Ecorse, MI
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Ecorse, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money is good, plenty of overtime. Co-workers are easy to get along with and will help you with anything you need. Union shop.

    Cons

    Swing shift, management is terrible, hazardous work environment. The steel industry is failing in this country and you don't know the longevity of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more maintenance and let them do their job and fix the issues that are causing the quality issues in your plants.


  11. "laborer"

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    Former Employee - Laborer in Florissant, MO
    Former Employee - Laborer in Florissant, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good schedule. No midnight shift

    Cons

    Lowest paying job in mill

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites


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