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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. Quality control and process improvement (2 years)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dearborn, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dearborn, MI (US)

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Structure, safe work environment, stability due to being a large company

    Cons

    Overreaction to safety incidents, bureaucracy, the "we've always done it this way" attitude, unengaged hourly workforce, communication within and between plants

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with the safety-quality-production order. Too many times, I see production trumping quality. "If we're not seeing many claims from our customers, we need to start letting more material ship."

  2. Helpful (1)

    The Wal-Mart of the steel industry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Middletown, OH (US)

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large market share, expanding, full-line of steel related products, US based company.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, paranoia at every level of management chain, encouraged to treat floor employees as sub-human.

    Advice to Management

    Enact management-worker groups in the areas of safety, production, quality, ect similar to the work groups enacted successfully in the automotive industry (eg VW, Ford...).

  3. Helpful (1)

    World class electrical steel maker.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Butler, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Shift Manager in Butler, PA (US)

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic plant manager that truly cares about every employee both hourly and salary. Good teams of hourly and salary groups work together to fix issues in the plant. Starting salary was fair and raises are definitely merit based. If you work hard and show worth to the company and try to improve raises will come easily. Shift managers use the safety improvement program very effectively. The safety observation system in theory is a fantastic tool but it is not used correctly in the company.

    Cons

    Safety quota system that is used by corporate to justify its safety rating is useless. For every 100 department observations 1 unsafe act must be found or there are repercussions to the management group. Managers cannot find real safety issues because hourly workers will get time off. Near misses are also not reported due to possible repercussions versus trying to learn and fix issues. Accident investigations are almost always the fault of person involved (hourly). The real root cause of accidents are not always found because violations are almost always due to worker not following a JSHA. Right now the maintenance workforce is severely understaffed in most departments and the corporation wants to limit the amount of contractors doing maintenance on site. There is also an unrealistic expectation to do more with less when it comes to getting maintenance done and expecting equipment to last. Temporary repairs are only going to last so long. Safety training needs to be changed so it is more effective and not all shift managers are capable of giving training.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more hourly maintenance personnel. Overhaul the safety observation system and monthly safety training. Having to find unsafe acts is the one thing that completely drove me away from this company. If it was done differently i would still work there.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Definitely not the military - Not all good and not all bad...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary!!! They are good at what they do - bring in talent and get what they can out of you and send you along with MONEY in hand for your troubles.

    Cons

    Coming from the military, I found navigating the corporate culture to be the greatest challenge. The values and codes that we lived by in the military doesn't exist here. Check your loyalty at the door and understand the nature of revolving door that you have entered. You will stay as long as the money outweighs the lack of upward mobility, lack of professional development, and lack of respect.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with potential employees, especially military.
    Recommended slogan: 'AK Steel a great place to start...'
    It is a positive, yet true statement.

  6. Contractor for Lab unit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH (US)
    Former Contractor - Contractor for Lab Unit in Middletown, OH (US)

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Good pay and okay co-workers

    Cons

    Not into union workers and their can get away with any demeanor . Strict penalty for violating safety.

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. Good experience as an intern.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -A great place to work as an intern and gain relative hands-on experience and knowledge.
    -Above-average wages for an engineering intern.
    -No physical work involved, but you will learn a lot!

    Cons

    -The place is dirty inside and out. It's just not a good environment to work in.
    -The supervisors sometimes seem to view the intern's work as less important, so it's hard to get any help. I have been waiting for months for my original project to be installed.
    -Supervisors will sometimes hand down paperwork to the intern that they don't want to deal with.
    -If you break safety rules, you are at risk of getting fired.
    -I have experienced co-workers that are very vulgar and offensive.

    Advice to Management

    You are way too close-minded sometimes about things such as safety regulations.
    Way too many employees are overworked.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Worked with some great people while learning more than expected.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are mostly great. The pay was pretty good. Every day proved to have new challenges, and it was personally rewarding to rise to the occasion. The company strives for a safe work environment.

    Cons

    The hours are long and work can be difficult. The plant is a very dirty and dangerous place, despite the safety regulations. The safety rules are so stringent that it is almost a certainty you will break one.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office and look around.

  9. Helpful (1)

    People are not commodities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Control Engineer in Middletown, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Process Control Engineer in Middletown, OH (US)

    I have been working at AK Steel Holding Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In my current position, job flexibility is great but be prepared to put the time in (and extra time) when required / expected. The health benefits are excellent - I have stayed with the company for much longer than desired because of these benefits.

    Cons

    Militant safety program - don't trip or you'll be sent out for a drug test. Management doesn't value employee experience at all (if you won't do it, they'll find someone else who will). The company treats the hourly employess like they're idiots.

    Advice to Management

    Quit worrying about you 'executive compensation' and pay the people who actually do the work. How many VPs and executive VPs does a company need?

  10. I was not directly impacted with the management inequities, and was satisfied as an employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AK Steel Holding Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steelmaking is a very interesting process. If you are interested in working on projects, there are many challenging and interesting opportunities to enhance the process. There are a number of unique positions, so if you like change you can fill a number of different roles while staying with the same company.

    Cons

    If you do no want to be micro managed, do not work for AK Steel. It is insane that a department manager responsible for 250+ employees has a purchase approval level of $2.00. If you do not want to do nothing more than record observations of people, then do not be a Shift Mgr. at AK Steel.

    Advice to Management

    Either trust and let your middle management manage, otherwise you might as well replace them with baby sitters at a much lower cost.

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