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United States Steel Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with very poor communications and management"

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    Current Employee - Shovel Operator in Mountain Iron, MN
    Current Employee - Shovel Operator in Mountain Iron, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay is great and the benefits are wonderful plenty of opportunities to move laterally through the company

    Cons

    Poor management!!! "Good old boys club"
    All the work gets done on the backs of few.
    All the crews morel are horrible in all of the departments.
    Very poor communications.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to watch and listen to the advice from the people that do the job day in and day out.
    Most of them are there because they enjoy there job and would like to see the company grow and succeed.
    Start thinking the decisions that need to be made from start to finish before implementing them.
    Learn different ways to improve communication.
    If all four crews are all pulling in the same direction you have better results than four separate directions.
    Accountability with management and hourly needs to be greatly improved.
    Micromanaging is great to increase productivity but you need to take the time to think it through from start to finish before implementation of the task at hand.
    Way to many times decisions are made without the proper information given that results in way more work being created because of it.


  2. "Good pay except when laid off"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Granite City, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States Steel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Most of the union employees are very nice and willing to help as long as your willing to learn from them.

    Cons

    Layoffs, talk of safety until managers are in a hurry, unexperienced managers. Some managers are very good and some just lack experience and knowledge, and respect.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on safety at all times, talk with employees to figure out a repair, most employees have been there for years and are willing to help if asked.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "My experience was rewarding and challenging. They pushed me hard to deliver results."

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    Former Employee - Account Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation were in line, flexibility depending on your manager, bonus even though it rarely pays out, history rich company that built America. Location was a plus as well.

    Cons

    Cyclical industry and the transformation of the company seems to be never ending, old school mentality at times, accomplishments sometimes went unnoticed


  5. Helpful (9)

    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE"

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    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.


  6. "Utility Technician II / ERP Oracle Trainer"

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  9. "Production truck operator"

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    Current Employee - Production Truck Operator in Duluth, MN
    Current Employee - Production Truck Operator in Duluth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benifets

    Cons

    A lack of concern for safety. Management continual changing procedures always looking for a magic answer. Totally ineffective union. Most magement (front line and mid level) seems so concerned about loosing their jobs that none of them will actually make any decisions. The buck stops nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and stick with them long enough to see if they produce results. Have at least some concern for worker safety and moral.


  10. "Horrible company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Descent pay and retirement plan "for now"

    Cons

    Front line managers don't care about the employees. Safety first mentality until it effects production. Profits over people way of life!


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