AK Steel Holding Corporation

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AK Steel Holding Corporation Reviews

Updated 10 December, 2014
Updated 10 December, 2014
36 Reviews
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AK Steel Holding Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Wainscott
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  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Contractor for Lab unit

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience as an intern.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office and look around.

  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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