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Does US Steel Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 28, 2020
Does US Steel hire felons in all positions

Do you think a job at one of the world’s largest steel producers sounds good? Then let us answer the question: Does US Steel hire felons?

Relaunch Pad reaches out directly to employers to learn their hiring policy for former felons. Our job is to give you the best information we can to help you apply for work with a criminal record. For example, maybe you’d like to know:

  • Does US Steel hire people with misdemeanors as well as felonies?
  • What do people like about working for the company?
  • Does US Steel do background checks and drug tests?

We care because many of our staff have criminal backgrounds too! Our writers know what you’re going through and are here to help.

Does US Steel hire felons?

Does US Steel hire felons in all positions

Official company policy for hiring felons

We can’t say specifically. We’re in the process of contacting them to find out, though. While we looked at their website for some hints, we came up empty. We’re not sure where they stand on this!

US Steel hired felons in the past?

Yes, employees with felonies said so online.

Does US Steel hire people with misdemeanors?

The chances they do are good. If they’ve hired former felons, they probably will consider someone with a misdemeanor.

Is US Steel on the Ban the Box list?

We regret to say that US Steel isn’t a Ban the Box company. What this means is that they haven’t removed the criminal record check box from their job application form. If they had, it would show that they don’t want to see your record until they review your qualifications.

However, they’ve signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge. By signing the Pledge, they show that they treat all applicants fairly — including those with felonies and misdemeanors. So, if you’re wondering how does US Steel hire felons, signing the Pledge is one way.

Does US Steel have special programs for hiring felons?

We can’t find anything official from the company that they have these kinds of special programs.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

Our opinion is that the odds are average and here’s why:

  • We don’t have the company policy about how to get a job at US Steel with a felony.
  • They aren’t on the Ban the Box list, but they’ve taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
  • There are online comments from staff saying that the company has hired felons.

What are some entry-level jobs?

There are different entry-level jobs at US Steel in production, maintenance and administration. Production jobs include material handling, equipment operation and warehouse work. Maintenance staff are responsible for keeping production and control process equipment in good working order.

For instance, a Utility Person does the following:

  • Supports production units by operating equipment and doing other tasks.
  • Performs general labor duties.
  • Operates some mobile equipment.
  • Assists with maintenance of plant equipment.

Administrative positions support office business. Here’s what a Clerical II position does:

  • Provides administrative support to the manager and department.
  • Performs general clerical and reception duties and answers phones.
  • Creates various Microsoft documents.

How to get hired at US Steel with a felony

One way to get a job at US Steel with a felony (or improve your chances) is to do your homework about the company. Read the company’s Code of Ethical Business Conduct. It explains what US Steel expects from staff in the areas of safety, trust and respect, ethical behavior, lawful business conduct, and more.

Plus, it has some excellent examples of different work situations and how you should respond. These can help you prepare for similar interview questions!

While you’re at it, review your resume to see where you can link your skills and experience with the company’s ethical code. Here are a few tips:

  • Mention if you’ve been on a health and safety committee.
  • Add awards you’ve won for safety, teamwork and helping others.
  • List jobs you volunteered for — including in prison!
  • Talk about any recognition you received, even as a participant in an event.
  • Say when you took on additional responsibilities on the job or as a volunteer.

Go to US Steel’s jobs page to find posted positions. Read up on how to apply and fill out an application for jobs you’re interested in. Here are some pointers to get ready for an interview:

  • Review your resume to remember the highlights and increase your confidence.
  • Think of some good stories to show your skills and experience.
  • US Steel is looking for diverse talent, so think of some strong examples to help you stand out.
  •  Rehearse answers to common interview question such as:
    • Tell us about yourself?
    • Why do you want to work for our company?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Does US Steel do background checks?

Yes, they do. There’s online confirmation from employees that they had a background check. We’re not certain what it includes, so be ready for them to verify any information you provide.

Pay close attention to this information about background checks across the United States:

Is your record clean for at least seven years? If you apply to work in these states, that’s all they’ll consider:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Don’t worry about not guilty verdicts for background checks in the following states — they aren’t interested:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Be aware that your whole record will be looked at in the states listed below:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

There are only 778 reviews on Glassdoor for US Steel. The company is rated 2.7 out of 5 stars and, unfortunately, only 36% say they’d recommend them to a friend. Here are the main pros and cons listed:

Pros:

  • Excellent pay and benefits
  • Unlimited overtime opportunity
  • Great pension

Cons:

  • Poor work-life balance
  • Shift work and long hours
  • Management not flexible on work scheduling

The company gets 3.4 out of 5 stars on Indeed.com from 1,200 reviews. Their highest marks were for pay, benefits and culture. Their lowest for management, work-life balance, job security and advancement.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

US Steel relies on teamwork and staff who take their responsibilities seriously. A safe working environment is a top priority. Therefore, if your criminal record suggests you might have a problem with this, they may not hire you. Here are some examples:

  • If you’re trying to get a job at US Steel with a felony that involves substance abuse, show how you’re addressing your addictions. The hiring manager needs to know that you won’t be a “no show” for your shift.
  • With a history of violent offenses, they may wonder about your teamwork skills. Tell them you’re managing your temper and can get along with co-workers.
  • Many of their roles require you to drive. If you have a history of DUIs or other driving-related offenses, there’s a good chance you’ll have a harder time getting those types of jobs. You’ll need to explain that you can safely operate any machinery the job requires you to drive.

Does US Steel drug test?

US Steel does require a drug test. This is based on online staff comments.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Tell us your experience of how to get hired at US Steel! We’d love to hear from you!

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.