- Good benefits and salary. Non-union employees receive an annual bonus based largely on the company’s financial performance and safety record for the year, but is also based on individual and team performance. This bonus wasn't much in past years due to company’s financial performance. It was better than nothing though.
-Some good and hardworking people
- Work-life balance/flexible scheduling is available at Headquarters but mainly depends on what area/department you are in and your manager. If you work for a good manager, you should be ok. But beware the opposite.
- Historic and iconic American company
- Large corporation so there are lots of different areas to work.
-New executive management from outside the company has some promise. Perhaps the last hope for this company to turn things around. It will not be easy.
- A lot of miserable, bitter, and low-morale co-workers. These were mainly employees who had been with the company a long time. A few confessed they were only staying with the company because of the “good pension plan”(newer hires are on a different plan). Mix that with near constant job and pension uncertainty and you get this problem.
- They have trouble retaining employees younger than age 30. Most of the people I knew who left the company before and after me were in this range.
- Outdated company culture and management style. They are behind the times in most things. Times have changed and people aren’t looking to st
Was definitely an experience, but only a job and definitely not a career.
There are few places left like US Steel that provide their own in-house emergency services, however I feel those days are numbered. When I started, and for about the first year it was one of the best jobs I ever had, and by this year (2020) it turned into an absolute miserable grind of a job. Our department was more or less downsized with complete and utter disregard of our stated mission and organizational needs. I was "laid off" and reassigned from my job at the 2nd highest labor grade, to the bottom entry level labor grade through no fault of my own, at a loss of roughly $800/mo. In the span of 6 months I received two WARN notices; during the first notice I was in company sponsored training to advance myself, at quite a cost to the company. A manager that did know what they were doing and provided a wealth of knowledge and experience to the dept, was unceremoniously let go and replaced with an outsider. Other managers were reassigned to roles outside of their primary areas of expertise. I felt a sense that we were constantly being scrutinized to the fullest extent by corporate level management and bean counters, who didnt necessarily know or understand our roles. You are highly expendable, and plan on being treated as such.
When I was happier there, it was a good paying job with benefits that are hard to come by these days. I felt mostly fulfilled and satisfied, and most of the time could take some pride in my job. I more or less worked as hard or as little as I wanted t
ProsPay and benefits, experience, training
ConsPoor management at almost all levels, constant threat of layoffs, low morale
When I got my job with USS, I though my prayers had been answered. I thought that I had landed a "Career" at long last. Good money, good benefits, good pension, etc. Let me tell you, I wish I had a dollar for every co-worker who has uttered that exact phrase to me...
And we all have said it because of the tremendous disappointment we experienced once we were inside, and we're all looking to get out. Some have managed to do so, that's why this job is posted.
They will lie to you in the interview. Once you get in, you will learn that the McKeesport location is THE lowest paid USS plant, nationwide. The pension is new and so little that it is actually insulting. There is no matching at all for a 401(K). They used to give us $50 per pay toward the 401(k), but the union successfully negotiated that away last June. The health care coverage is good, in tems of coverage, though your "contribution" toward it, and your deductible is more than any other USS plant that I am aware of.
Guys right across the Mon river get HUGE jump in pay and benefits for what is essentially the same, or very similar, job.
Safety is non existent, and/or at managements discression.. They pressure you into driving a forklift, but won't train you on it. Give you a harness, but don't train you on it and have no recovery plan in place if you happen to end up dangling from something. The environment is extremely dirty, dangerous and noisy. Really not worth it for a $40 - $45K job before over time.
The job I currently hold is the most time consuming, challenging, and demanding job I have ever had the oppotunity to endure. It has opened more doors for me in terms of access to the company, understanding the business and operations, and also expanded my network within the company and with vendors. In addition to career benefits, this job has also proven to me what I am able to endure in a job and has taught me life lessons. I have learned to be more patient, realize how to embrace my strengths and recognize my weaknesses.
The hardest part of the job is that I do not control anything that I do. I manage several projects that I have inherited which require my management and input however I do not control the time frame or scope of the project. In addition to managing multiple active projects, my daily tasks are declared by the problems that erupt at that time. The job is very reactive and due to the large volume of responsibilities in this position, it is difficult to work on improvements to become more proactive.
Management at this company varies however the management style for this position is extremely close from several management levels. It has helped me learn to become more vocal with upper management to ensure that my time is spent on the highest priority project or task at hand. Also, I have realized that while upper management has the final say, there are times when my opinion and experience is valuable to the management team(s).
ConsUnable to work from home in this department, Often required to work on vacations
I have learned that there is absolutely no work/life balance at USS because you live to work instead of work to live. I work three out of every four weekends, and have sacrificed so many things in my personal life. I work virtually every holiday, and rarely see my family or friends. I am well educated with an associates and bachelors, and I know that many of skills are under utilized because USS is a mind-numbing place to work. If you're very limited on education (e.g. only high school), then USS may be the place for you, but if you have a higher level of education, skill, and talent then please steer clear.
Management is disconnected from the workforce - at least in my department because the bosses do not work the difficult schedules/hours that we do. The administrative bosses that control the manpower levels and hiring for our department keep staffing level at a bare minimum, thus, we are forced to work hundreds of hours of overtime department-wide, and even more when someone retires, quits, gets fired, or goes out on medical (often occurrence). Co-workers are miserable because despite a decent paycheck, they hate their work and regret staying at USS so long that they have no choice but to stay because no other employer would hire them. The misery of work follows them home which encapsulates their life with the overbearing world of USS. Most people in my department leave within their first year or two on the job, therefore, the only people that stay are jaded a
They purposefully keep the departments understaffed to save money on not paying pension and health benefits to employees - this means A LOT of forced overtime.
Your input falls on deaf ears. You could have a great idea about saving time and making something more safe but what youll hear back is "Well, thats the way weve always done it." The ONLY time something is fixed or upgraded is if someone is injured. Dont let that injured person be you, because their first reaction is to blame you for it to cover themselves - they WILL send someone to the hospital to try and get you to sign a waiver....BELIEVE IT.
I had 10+ years and I had 15 paid days off. Period. No sick days, personal days, floating holidays...nothing. And when you must call off youre punished for it, regardless of the reason. Essentially youre forced to abused and corrupt the FMLA rights that you have.
You will have little to know home life. They expect you to dedicate all of your energy to them, as they give back very little to you.
If you do decide to interview and these topics come up, you will be fed lines about "looking into it" or that they have discussions....they don't. Trust me, they dont care. You are just a number to them.
Finally, the schedule is horrible. They work a reverse Timkin, quite possibly the worst schedule. We tried for years to change that, which was our right in the contract, but the union AND company both fought us on that - so be ready for your health to slump, because youll be living
ProsThe pay is ok, but youll make your most money on your FORCED overtime.
ConsWhen they look at you, they dont see a person. They see a means to make themselves look good, NO MATTER WHAT.
I am a trained plant operation technician committed to company core values, driving results, and exceeding expectations. Safety-conscious and skilled in the operation of all plant duties, machinery, and equipment. I have 5 years working in the water treatment plant, 1.5 years in gas handling, and 6 years in operations and half year in heating/patching. Monitored flows, pressures, feed levels & indicators. I recorded inside & outside process readings on a daily log sheets. Performed minor mechanical work & routine equipment maintenance. I operated a dump truck, fork lifts, and scissor lifts. Loaded and unloaded byproducts daily. Conducted safety inspections and followed safety rules and procedures. Executed field service work with minimal to no supervision. Retrieved and performed water samples and implement process changes. Recorded gas volumes and process analyzer reading. Adjusted pumping systems, chemical feeders, auxiliary equipment, and pump station indicators. Operated plate and belt presses. Tranferred lime to the soaker machines. Operated and switched pumps weekly in the Water Treatment Plant at US STEEL. I also ran a heavy machinery like a pusher machine, door machine, and Larry car in the operation department. Now I fix battery walls and fill cracks with a slurry mixture. I also keep the battery temperatures around 2200-2400 degree temperatures. I add gas when needed to keep these temperatures. I wear metatarsal boots, gloves, safety hat, face mask, and safety pants
ProsStable work place, vacation pay, medical and dental, profit sharing
ConsWork all hours in a day, cancerious environment, forced 16 hours a day. Cotract disputes every three years with possibilities of strkes.
Most days you put out fires from problems arising within the facility. When you'd get time to work on a project, time was very limited. I produced and maintained the PA DEP accreditation for 5 years. Most of the other managers were communicative with my position because the lab manager job had you facilitate amongst all the other managers in the plant and with company managers at the other plants and headquarters. The job was 50+ hours per week with weekend duty and necessity of returning to work at times. The hardest part of the job was dealing with people backstabbing you. This would be revealed later by my manager but, at times, not straightforwardly. The most enjoyable part of the job was traveling to all the parts of the plant and meeting employees. The hardest part was dealing with all the administrative duties and paperwork. History revealed most of the previous lab managers/supervisors spent less than a year in the position, moving on to elsewhere, as it had originally been a 4 person job combined into 1. I had found myself remodeling an unused building to establish a second office to complete work.
ProsCafeteria program costs less than $2/day. Being with the hourly employees and accomplishing work.
ConsSpending time correcting employee behavior through disciplinary action, This was particularly upsetting as the college degreed employees created the most problems, and had created a culture of laziness, sloth, years prior to my arrival, The hourly employees rarely gave me any problems.
Basically when you get hired you stay in a classroom for a week for 8 hours a day looking at slideshows of information. After that you start hands on training and are on probation. And you are on probation until you hit 1,040 hours. Until you hit those hours if you are late even one minute or call in even with an excuse you’re fired. Maybe not that day but sure enough you’ll have the talk with HR and be walked out by security. Management is horrible there is a lack of communication and if you aren’t Mexican they don’t care about you. The hours are so dumb you usually work 10 hours M-Saturday and if production is behind you’ll work 12 hours with NO days off for MONTHS. Yeah it’s entry level and pays well but trust me this job should only be for those who have no other option. The people who work here are either really old like retirement old or they are felons so that should tell you something. There’s job out there that treat you like decent humans or you could go to school get a degree and make more without overworking yourself. Btw 15/hr sounds good but you have to work at least 70hours a week just to break in the 1,000. The pay is sketchy and confusing and a lot of people actually reported missing money on there checks. Do what you want with this information but I wish I would’ve known this before going through the drug test (Hair and urine) physical and all the other bs test.
ConsWork out in the freezing cold and blazing hot, management, just everything
Wonderful, fast paced work environment with opportunities for advancement
At United States Steel, I was a Network Operations Analyst. Over the course of the eight months of my employment, I quickly learned many skills pertaining to IBM mainframe programs and the Oracle E-business suite/code migrations, taking calls from programmers to edit or run code and spoke often with Verizon and AT&T, the service providers for the steel plants.
Unlike other NOC positions at other companies, United States Steel's NOC division did not divide its responsibilities into groups such as Networking, mainframe code, or ERP-SEM. Instead, NOC agents would work alone, performing all tasks when the time arose. As a result, I quickly fostered a work ethic characterized by an acute attention to detail, quick and efficient work, and, of course, the ability to manage large work loads while communicating with third parties such as programmers and service providers.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the sheer responsibility each agent was responsible for. Every day, new and interesting obstacles presented themselves; our responsibilities were always directly correlated with immediate benefits to the company proper. Despite each work day usually culminating in a barrage of arduous work, I always was satisfied knowing that what I did during my work day had a direct impact on the company's bottom line and the wellbeing of other employees of United States Steel.
• Created Tables, Views, Synonyms, Sequences and Indexes.
• Implementation - Involved in implementing Inventory, WSH, BOM, WIP, and Purchasing, Order Management and Receivables modules in Multi-Org set up for US Steel, Wheeling division which includes designing, testing and maintaining interfaces from legacy system.
• Developed SQL * Loader programs to load data from flat file to stage tables. Written PL/SQL procedures to validate and load the data into the Oracle Interface tables or directly into the Oracle base tables for the respective modules.
• Developed interfaces to load Items and Bills of Material (BOM) coming in flat files from Main Frame.
• Integrated Quality with WIP and Purchasing to capture Quality data during manufacturing, receiving and return process
• Developed custom reports using XML publisher.
• Developed an interface to populate data from legacy system to Order Management base tables.
• Worked on Outbound Programs for orders and shipping, which picks data based on released status.
• Worked on Order Import interface, to load all the legacy orders in booked status in Oracle.
• Implemented the Payables Open Interface. Activities involved creation of Loader File, importing Invoices into the interface tables using SQL*Loader and then using Payables Open Interface to import the data into the Base tables.
• Developed PL/SQL Program to Populate PO Requisition Interface table to import Requisitions.
• Developed custom interface program to import items f
A typical day at work for me was sitting in a massive single probe forklift writing down coil numbers and placing them on trucks for delivery. They were 12 hr days and my typical drive to work was an hour and fifteen minutes. I learned that when working for a large company, no one cares for the employees well-being. Pressure is placed on middle management(white hats) to sign people off on pieces of machinery far before they are ready and capable. That's only the beginning of it. My co-workers were fine except for the fact that you could see the unhappiness of being there on their faces and you didn't really have to much contact with your co-workers. I also got the opportunity to work amongst the salary workers for approximately 3 months to help accounts payable and receiving stay current. While I was in the offices, on a daily basis I would hear at least one different person, sometimes multiple people, speak badly about working there, how they are treated, how much work they have to bring home with them just to stay somewhat on top of things. they are not on top of things. They have thousands of dollars of machinery just sitting out on the ground rusting, not in use. They attack the union employees on everything. You are in constant fear of losing your job. You are made to feel like it is a jail while taking part in the new hire orientation. I learned a huge lesson and that is that you can't always go to where the money is and expect to be happy expecially when an extra 2 and
Prosgreat money and benefits
Consmoney and benefits can't buy you happiness
Questions And Answers about United States Steel
What is the assessment test like for the steel mill
Asked Oct 8, 2016
Took the MTE ( electrical test)
Did it on 48 minutes. Was super easy. Ohms and Kirchoff’s law. Basic wire diagrams and motor room stuff. Know your symbols and how to read Schematics and it’s an easy win.
Was surprised how easy it was.
Answered Jan 13, 2020
If you don’t have a mechanical background don’t waste your time. Researching on YouTube will not help. You have to know the language
Answered Aug 21, 2019
What is the best part of working at United States Steel?
Asked Mar 1, 2020
Answered Apr 24, 2022
Allows you to provide for your family and come home safely
Answered Apr 12, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make United States Steel a better place to work?
Asked Mar 29, 2019
They are decades behind the competition, consolidation and upgrades to more efficient methods of steel producing may salvage parts of the company.
Answered Nov 7, 2020
Answered Nov 5, 2020
Does US STEEL hire convicted felons with drug charges.
Asked Oct 11, 2016
A felon is a felon with any kind of felony charge.. As long as its pass 7 years old to date of applying, it might or may not come up" , just explain your situation when or if the time comes
Answered May 4, 2019
Yes. My ex husband was a convicted felon & currently on felony probation (2nd offense) and got the job.
Answered Oct 5, 2018
How are the working hours at United States Steel?
Asked Jul 1, 2016
Shiftwork and tons of overtime. Be prepared to have no life
Answered Sep 7, 2019
12 hours seven days two days off then rotate shift. You will get divorced, you wont be around on Holladays. And you will experiance someone you being hurt or killed.