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Was a six month co-op position
Student Worker (Former Employee), Rockport, INJuly 14, 2014
Pros: learned alot about server construction and database construction
Cons: felt the brunt of racism
Was hired and put into a hostile work environment. Was confronted with racism and when I did the "right" thing. Was transferred to another department and assigned a job I had no prior experience with and my co-workers were told to not assist me in any way. The perpetrator was allowed to put in his two week notice and given a two week vacation.
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Health Hazardous, well paying, and dirty.
Coke Plant Worker (Former Employee), Middletown, OHJune 11, 2014
At AK steel you can expect to break your back for your money. There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing this, its simply a fact. In my eleven months of working in the Coke Plant, I personally witnessed one fatality and many injuries. While working at AK Steel I learned that working as a team is vital. Everyone working there is there to make money – more... and everyone wants to be able to go home after their shift safely. Management is average. My supervisor was not qualified for his position and the lack of respect his workers had for him showed in production. The hardest part of the job is the heat. You work outside around a very big oven that's about the size of a football field. Just remember to stay hydrated! The most enjoyable part of the job is the pay. The company knows the dangers of the work environment that you will have to work in and you are compensated very well. – less
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Good place to intern
Engineering Intern (Current Employee), Ashland, KYMarch 17, 2014
Pros: laid-back environment, friendly co-workers
Cons: bad work/life balance, bad benefits, bad job security
Working as an intern at AK steel is enjoyable, for the most part. The pay is above average, and I learned a lot without being put under too much pressure. The attitude toward interns is fairly laid back; the intern is only expected to plan and carry out minor projects, and to learn and be safe while doing so.

Since I am an EE major, much of my day – more... consists of working with PLCs and other electrical/controls systems. However, much of my job unfortunately consists of paperwork and busy work.

I experienced working with supervisors that weren't very friendly or helpful. I had to learn to be an independent worker, and figure things out on my own.

I would not recommend becoming a manager at this company. Managers are not treated very well, and they are often put under very stressful conditions, work long hours, and stay on call. Job security and work/life balance are particularly bad at AK Steel. – less
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Great people to work with
Trucks Department (Former Employee), Ashland, KYDecember 3, 2013
Great job with alot of great co workers the most enjoyable part of this job was being able to work at my own pace
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Flexible management
INFORMATION ENGINEER (Former Employee), Butler, PANovember 27, 2013
Company culture was not great but it was during the buyout period. Very hard workers there.
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Last resort
Production (Current Employee), MiddletownNovember 16, 2013
Pros: heath benefits
Cons: swing shift, no work and home balance
Terrible place to work for family life no time off work a lot of 16 hour days and have to be back on the job 8 hours later the morale is bad everyone is tired of being there only one weekend off a month if you are lucky pay is average on the hour you will make 60k because of the overtime the work and life balance is laughable at best I would make ak – more... my last resort once you are there you won't have time to find another job – less
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very good pay, stressful enviroment, no job secuirty with the union none.
532 crane (Former Employee), Middletown, OHNovember 12, 2013
Pros: great money benefits
Cons: harsh dirty, bad work enviroment, no job security
Worked there several years. Union shop, workers hender each other. Company is obsess over write ups. Very safe work place. Easy to loose your job, very stressful, and your schedule is on a swing shift. Possible to be forced overtime. The income earning here is awesome. If your only concerned with making money. Very hard to keep and maintain employment – more... not recommended if you are a family man. – less
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Been working on the railroad
Maintenance of Way railroad technician (Former Employee), Middletown, OHNovember 11, 2013
Pros: excellent pay, learned a skill trade
Cons: long hours, no days off
Received priorities of work for the day, drove crew truck to rail system that needed maintenance whether it was weather worn rail ties, corroded metal joints, rail spikes, nuts and bolts in the rail system. Good rapport with management and co-workers. Our work schedule was twelve hour days, seven days a week and I had to drive a hour and a half one – more... way to get to work. Serious downside was seeing very little of my family and lack of downtime. The salary and my co-workers were excellent. – less
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Very productive but nasty place to work
In-Plant Railroad Engineer Duties (Former Employee), Middletown, OHOctober 29, 2013
Pros: the money
Cons: dirty, nasty area to work
This was a very good place to work, however, it being a steel mill, it was a very dirty and nasty place to work. The compensation was very good as well as benefits. Culture and values, not really. Job security was fairly good unless they had a lock out, which is why I no longer work there. Advancement was fairly good as well while I was there. The management – more... changed several times and was like most companies these days. My balance with work and life was almost none due to the swing shifts I was on. – less
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#1 Priority
Maintenance Manager (Former Employee), Middletown, OHOctober 20, 2013
AK wants them to be number one in your life and there is no work life balance. The have a horrible culture of constant degrading workers and making you feel that you can do nothing right. They don't want someone who can make the company better but want someone who is willing to hand out discipline to the union continuously and spend the better part – more... of your day doing it.

I would only recommend this company to young professional wanting to get some experience for the resume and then move on. This company is not a career company but a stepping stone to bigger and better things. They also don't pay very well. I was there for 5 years and got one raise and it was insignificant at best. – less
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Always Challenging
Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee), Middletown, OHOctober 18, 2013
Pros: the workers in the maintenance department.
Cons: the shift work and poor morale.
Each day is started with a routine of checking and recording several hydraulic system pressures and temperatures. After those are completed, there are many PM jobs to complete. There are also break downs to troubleshoot safely and quickly to get production equipment up and running.
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Crane Leader (Former Employee), Middletown,OHAugust 6, 2013
Pros: lots of overtime
Cons: little time to sleep between shifts
I enjoyed the endless overtime at AK Steel but the swing shift was not good for family life.
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Machine Operator (Current Employee), Middletown, OHJuly 24, 2013
Pros: health benefits, employees
Cons: work 16 hrs a day, sometimes without even a lunch break, get froze on jobs
worked well with others, benefits were great (medical, dental vision).
Management could use improvement, in different departments. Very long hours, extremely hot enviroment, pay wasnt bad, although through our contract, profit sharing was something we were suppose to get, we havent recieved in the past 3 years.
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Awesome place for an internship
Safety Engineering Intern (Former Employee), Butler, PAJuly 23, 2013
Pros: great pay, paid lunch, a lot of freedom, great work experience
Cons: some of the safety rules are a little over the top, but i was fine with it.
Great pay, I started at $18 an hour. You get paid hourly but get treated like salary, if you're an intern. I would definitely go back if I ever got the chance.
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Make this place your last resort if you apply
Production Worker (Current Employee), Middletown, OHJune 20, 2013
Pros: free water and squinchers thoughout the year, good pay
Cons: no breaks depending on your department, hot as hell, swing shift
While the pay is great if you want a family life this is not the place for you. The job scale for an hourly employee are grades 1 thru 5. A grade one job makes 18 dollars an hour but if you are a new hire you will make 70% your hourly rate your first year and then go up 10% every year after that till you reach 100% at 3 years. Its swing shift everywhere – more... in the plant and the schedule never really stays the same so you can never plan your schedule around anything for family events and others things you may have planned or thought about doing. 1 weekend off a month is about all you get if your lucky. If you are thinking on applying here I would advice to look other places. – less
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Co-op Maintenance Engineer (Former Employee), Ashland, KYJune 18, 2013
Pros: wide varitey of engineering experiance
Cons: saftey was some what of a threat to me
A great company to work for where you learn a lot about industrial mechanics and electrical trouble shooting. Long - Long hour shifts in a very dangerous environment. It was apparent that safety was in direct relation to life or death.
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Good compensation
Shift Manager (Current Employee), Middletown, OHJune 7, 2013
Pros: the compensation
Cons: the work schedule
- Not challenging
- The in's and outs of steel making
- The management is very understanding
- The work rotations are very brutal
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A very intense work environment.
Operations Manager (Current Employee), Zanesville, OHApril 12, 2013
Fast paced work environment with a very high level of accountability.
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Planner (Current Employee), Middletown, OHMarch 22, 2013
Cost cutting has been ongoing to the point where the employees wages are frozen for over 3 years now. No room for advancement as managerial spots are culled from the org charts and the managerial tasks are distributed to the productive workforce. Long hours, work weekends, holidays, on call. Tough management.

No incentive to innovate, complacent workers – more... abound. The productive ones are marginalized.

Avoid unless you want to lose your family and gain a stint in your chest. – less
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Steel Mill
Maintenance Shift Manager Hot Strip Mill (Current Employee), Middletown, OHMarch 15, 2013
Fast pace steel making environemt.
Have to keep up with customer demand for quality and productivity

About AK Steel

Automobile sales help AK Steel's business keep rolling, though it also has operations in the infrastructure and manufacturing – Read more