Arch Coal Reviews

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    Conservative company with friendly employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees. Unbelievable medical benefits plan, very cheap with amazing coverage.

    Cons

    Conservative business environment. No flexible schedules. Not much internal communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good but not great - dysfunctional management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Arch Coal

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management with personal agendas. little collaboration. Compensation compared to expectations and competencies is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they are worth, and then listen to their recommendations.

    Approves of CEO
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    A day at black thunder

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    Current Employee - Pit in Wright, WY
    Current Employee - Pit in Wright, WY

    I have been working at Arch Coal

    Pros

    The pay and benifits and the ability to make a beter Life for your self . That is all i can realy say that is good about black thunder

    Cons

    All thay think about is There numbers not about the worker we get in trube if we go to the bathroom and the boss is not the sharpest tool in the shed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about thay just stop and think about more then them self and try to talk to the staff and ask them one on one

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    Review of Arch Coal, Inc. from former employee

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Wright, WY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Wright, WY

    I worked at Arch Coal

    Pros

    Arch pays its employees very well, and there are opportunities to advance. The best place to work is in St. Louis. The company is highly centralized, so unless you get a top position at a coal mine, most of the responsible postions are in St. Louis. Most of the career advancement opportunities are also there. The middle to lower level employees and managers are intelligent, helpful and easy to work with. This is also true of some of the higher level employees and executives.

    Cons

    Arch is a very policical environment and is not necessarily open to new ways of doing your work. For example, the operations personnel rely on their extensive experience instead of engineering plans at the mines. The top management is a close net group that has worked together for their entire careers, and it is tough to work your way into the higher positions or to even get your point across. Because of this tight net group, decisions usually do not always flow through the chain of command; and therefore, information is not shared very well. Some positions are left with the responsibility, but not the authority to recognize success, failure or to fire, hire or promote employees. Many of the upper level managers are difficult to work with, and on the flip side are not fair. The corporate HR department is the worst I have ever had to work with; and when dealing with them, you should get everything in writing with all reasonable questions answered, or you may be very disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to be changed. I believe that less centralization is a good thing. Even at the mining operations, one or two people tend to rule with an iron fist, and they want to make all the decisions. If they were hit by a car, the people left who have been excluded from making decisions probably will be incapable of doing so. These one of two people do not have brains big enough to be involved in every decision, and to try only makes the organization worse by delaying important decisions. People learn by making decisions, making mistakes and learning from their mistakes. The company needs to let middle management and above do their jobs. I think upper management might be surprised how the organization improves, and how much better the employees enjoy their jobs. It is cheaper in the long run to retain good employees than to constantly retrain new ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
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