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United States Steel Reviews

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

  • good pay, challenging work with smart driven people (in 83 reviews)

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

  • Poor upper management, no raise in hourly pay for this contract that ends in 2019 (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Maintenance Manger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, good mid level managers

    Cons

    Union labor, protect the slugs, can't reward the horses

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your one scale union pay for mechanical techs, allow merit raises to union personnel and reductions to slugs. Start recognizing what lower management sacrifices to make your jobs easier.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The insurance (while it's still provided) & guaranteed paycheck (for what it's worth).

    Cons

    The Cons: there's a LONG list of them. Let's see, the company will pull your labor grade from you & force reduce you to the lowest amount of pay possible, with no questions asked or no warning whatsoever. They will take full rate maintenance personnel & place them in a labor gang at a LG1 with no incentive to make their financial books look good. There are still displaced workers from rated maintenance positions all over the place. They say its to cut costs, but yet, upper executives & management are still receiving their "huge bonuses". The hourly employees, the ones who keep the place running & producing get a quarterly profit sharing of $.01. Yes thats correcy 1 PENNY! Talk about a smack in the face. They aren't even issuing us a check for the amount owed! This company does not care about its employees. Your just a number to them. They put brothers & sisters lives on the line to get a job done. The safety is a joke to them. They preach safety in the meetings & that's where it's left. I could go on & on about the "cons" of working for this hell hole. Just read the rest of the reviews & you can form your own opinion. Growing up in the region we learned that if you got a job at this mill, you were set & it was a great place to work for. 100% complete opposite nowadays. Stay away from here if you know what's best for you & your family. YOU DO NOT WANT TO WORK HERE!

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the whole organization. Know that it's your hourly workers, the union ones, who work safely to get you those bonuses that you all get. Start treating your men & women as an asset to this company rather than a number. Without them, you wouldn't have a job. 90% of you don't know your butt from a hole in the ground & wouldn't know how to keep the place running. The Carnegie Way is nothing but a joke. Cost cutting for what? To put more money in your pockets? Remember, we the workforce are the ones who put our blood, sweat & tears into this whole operation, to keep it running, to keep it producing! All the while you sit back on your high horses, collecting these big bonuses, talking about "look what I did"...without us you wouldn't have jobs! There's been too many injuries, too many fatalities due to your lack of safety. It starts at the top, as managers, as the leaders to change things in the workforce for the better.


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  5. "Went from a career to a job over night!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Production Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits that are paid for 100% by the company thanks to our Union.

    Cons

    Management is lousy. Tripping over dollars to pick up pennies. Used to have managers that worked their way through the ranks, now there are nothing but Koolaid drinking yes men that never saw a steel mill while in college.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of your rears and listen to your employees. You have to spend money to make money. Get rid of Mckinsey and fire Longhi.


  6. "Downward spiral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gary Works South Blast Furnaces Grunt in Gary, IN
    Current Employee - Gary Works South Blast Furnaces Grunt in Gary, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money if you give up your life
    Great coworkers

    Cons

    Management has a hard time listening and trusting the hourly workers

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring entry level managers from Purdue!
    Send us our $.01 profit sharing!
    Stop whipping the mules that pull the hardest


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Old"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.....


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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