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 and cynical beyond repair. Morale is very low among members of my department, but that also seems to be true throughout most, if not all, departments in the plant.
The most difficult parts of my job are the impossible schedule and sustained "misery loves company" mentality of so many of my co-workers. These two factors make the idea of making a career at USS the furthest thing from my mind.