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Hard work with good pay and benefits.
Steel Worker (Current Employee) –  Middletown, OHNovember 10, 2018
Working at AK is a great experience and an opportunity that some could never pass up. I had no complaints with the job and the rotating shift that ensued. The biggest complaint was the management. Your supervisors don’t care about what’s going on in your personal life, as long as you show up and get the job done - that’s all that matters to them. Your working conditions don’t matter, again, as long as you’re doing the job and getting product made and ready. The management is the big turn off, and what makes you constantly question if you want to stay here or not. Being promised to move up and make more is a big thing, and when that gets swept under the rug - it’s a serious insult.
Pros
Good salary, good health care
Cons
Short breaks, weather, management
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hostile work environment
Strand Operator (Former Employee) –  Detroit, MINovember 7, 2018
well compensated with both wages and benefits packages. Union shop and for the most part, management's treatments of it's employees was not conducive to a healthy relationship between management and employees.
Pros
good salary and benefit package
Cons
union/management relationship is borderline toxic
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5.0
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very safety oriented
Manager, Maintenance Technology & Services (Former Employee) –  Ashland, KYNovember 6, 2018
The safest steel plant that I have ever worked in during my years in the steel industry.
Top management drove the safety committment from the top to the shop floor.
The rewards for performance exceeded 50% of base salary.
Pros
well paid and earned.
Cons
Failure at not achieving expectations can be brutal.
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Not worth the money
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Middletown, OHOctober 30, 2018
Being a female manager at AK Steel is full of horribleness. You have constant misogynist male managers talking down to you, you get called a bit*h every time you ask someone to do their job, and you are not backed up by upper management. Also, there is no such thing as work life balance here. NONE. You WILL miss EVERY IMPORTANT THING EVER if you have a child, it's not worth the money, literally. They won't work with you on your schedule.
Pros
Working in MORDOR
Cons
Expensive health care plan
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Culture has changed, but still can make a good living here
Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Butler, PAOctober 24, 2018
The culture has changed, but can still make a good living here. Most of the people that work here are great people. Will probably have to work shift work.
Pros
Good People
Cons
Lots of Observations
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work not bad, safety was a stick to beat the employees with and nothing else
Bin Laborer Leader (Former Employee) –  Ashland, KYOctober 16, 2018
the employees and first level of management are good to work with and for. The upper management lacks a lot to be desired. The safety department simply want to create problems instead of correcting them. I saw safety watch someone perform an unsafe act and they watched them do it. After the act was complete they then came over to them and said what they did wrong and gave them a write up. The write up is understandable but to me a good safety program, they would of stopped the act before it was committed and explained it first.
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Just your typical steel mill.
Safety Manager (Former Employee) –  Dearborn, MIOctober 12, 2018
I enjoyed working with AK Steel. I would have remained with them if they had a base somewhere close to where I reside now. I greatly miss the co-workers and my supervisors but not the cold weather. The mill was very loud, busy and potentially dangerous. It was my job to maintain the safety of each site under maintenance etc. and that all safety paperwork and repair request where handled efficiently. The hardest part of the job was the extreme weather and long hours. The best...other than enjoying the people I worked with was the pay rate.
Pros
Cafe & canteen availble.
Cons
very loud, dirty and extreme on PPE
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High Stress, High Reward
Manager (Former Employee) –  West Chester, OHOctober 10, 2018
High stress environment, high responsibility. If you do your job, the rewards are very good. If you do not do your job, this is not the place for you as the weak do not survive.
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Terrible place to work
Crane Operator (Former Employee) –  Middletown, OHOctober 3, 2018
Terrible place to work. Management could care less if you were there or not. You’re just a number to them. They’re very cut throat and would get rid of you in a heart beat. I’m glad I got out when I did
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Pay
Cons
Management
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Very stressful atmosphere, very hot atmosphere, very hard work. Must be able to be alert at all times or you can be seriously hurt.
Desulf Operator (Former Employee) –  Ashland, KYOctober 2, 2018
You must be able to withstand extreme heat, wear your safety equipment at all times no matter what the temperature is, work overtime without notice. Work holidays if scheduled.
Pros
Great benefits, over time
Cons
Stressfully hard work
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Definitely a place that will toughen you up...hot temps..pressure situations..and constant production.
Crane operator (Former Employee) –  Dearborn. Mich.September 23, 2018
Been a great place to work. Over the years it's become a bit less ( human) as management isn't homegrown anymore..but overall it's a fair place to work..no complaints.
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laid back some days, quick paced some
Slag hauler/Loader Operator (Current Employee) –  Middletown, OHSeptember 18, 2018
really decent work place, dirty but pay is descent. hardest part of the job is the swing shift 21 turn schedule. the job is only as stressful as you make it
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Job is slowly closing
Crane Operator, Quality Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Coshocton, OHSeptember 16, 2018
Horrible, the union is a waste of time, old ready to retire. They side with company always over everything so no need to stay. Every contract, every issue. Company is ready to close so they are cuting back on pay by hiring temps easier to lay off if they dont keep them long enough.
Pros
none
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all
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Dead end dinosaur.
Electrical Reliability Engineer (Current Employee) –  Dearborn, MISeptember 12, 2018
Most imbecilic management I've ever had the displeasure of working for.
No capital investment. Run it til it wrecks and band aid it again. Lather rinse repeat.
Pros
Good money and benefits. It's a trap.
Cons
Just so so much. Never work here. Seriously.
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Good and Bad Jobs there
Quality Control, Lab Tech, Stocker, Operator (Former Employee) –  Middletown, OHSeptember 8, 2018
AK Steel can provide a good living for a family. The pay was pretty good. The company provided on job training. Couldn't plan much except for the one long weekend you had each month.
Pros
Great pay and benefits
Cons
Swing shift and enviorment
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5.0
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Very profitable and productive company.
Chemical Analyst (Former Employee) –  Butler, PASeptember 4, 2018
The day start immediately on the clock, the test come in to the lab though a air vent, they are cooled and prepared for testing. The analyzers are cleaned and calibrated shortly after the shift started and other daily preparations are made . The analyzers are standardized and the results are plotted on a chart. The rest of the day is running carbon and nitrogen test from the melt shop while the steel is at the melting point. After the heats are finished test are run on the ladles to make sure the steel is good to the customers satisfaction.It was a great job and I am proud to have worked there.
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Bad to work for
Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Dearborn, MISeptember 3, 2018
Stupid Management, they don't care about their employees. There is no appreciation or recognition. They basically slave their employees and force them to quit.
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It's a Living.
Hot Strip Mill Product Metallurgist (Current Employee) –  Dearborn, MIAugust 26, 2018
AK Steel provides competitive pay to salaried employees, along with comprehensive benefits and a mostly relaxed working environment, depending on your department. In some areas, such as the Hot Strip Mill, you'll be expected to put in 10 hour days with little recognition, but other departments have it easy.

There is not much opportunity for personal growth. Some jobs are basically glorified data entry and the chaotic and unfocused management makes it hard to take on extra responsibility or plan for anything beyond the next week. The company culture is one of extreme pessimism and it can be depressing to come to work at times.
Pros
Pay, Work schedule, Benefits
Cons
Boredom, Chaotic management, Company culture
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Good place to work
Fork lift operator (Current Employee) –  Middletown, OHAugust 15, 2018
Great employees to work with. Great environment. They will train you on any job that you will be on. They provide training on equipment and safety stuff that will be needed.
Pros
pays well. Paid vacations.
Cons
swing shift
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Great people/Tough Work life balance
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR (Current Employee) –  Dearborn, MIAugust 13, 2018
Great people who work together to get the job done. High turnover, partly due to many veteran employees retiring, but still there's an issue with young guys not staying. Great benefits and compensation. There's a lot of room for advancement for driven individuals. If you're young and ambitious and don't mind working long hours, you have unlimited potential here, I mean Executive level is potentially there. They are trying to do better with work/life balance.
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