Ball Corporation Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
32 Reviews
3.6
32 Reviews
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Ball Corporation President, CEO, and Director John A. Hayes
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  1.  

    Overall, good learning experience, but hard to move up.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are helpful and supportive. Company tries to give kudos by offering service awards for every 5 years of service. Compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    Many people working at Ball are contingent, or contract workers. Frustrating when many have years of service, but are still in contract positions. (Benefits do not have to be paid out that way.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better consideration should be given to those you keep (as contingent workers), as far as hiring them on permanently. Does it make sense to have to train new employees over and over? Or utilize those who obviously have been doing a good job for you -- (without benefits).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees make ball a wonderful place to work. Competitive pay and benefits are also nice.

    Cons

    The plant managers seem to be a little lacking in ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employee welfare and the safety, quality, and numbers will follow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, good wages, cares about the employees, great benefits.

    Cons

    HR systems are lagging, leaving gaps in knowledgable workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update succession planning systems, all the way down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beware don't believe other reviews…

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company with a long history of over 125 years. Great compensation and office buildings. The company has great benefits, most of the employees )are great, world class manufacturing facilities.

    Cons

    The company has no real corporate culture, but is trying to hang on to the culture of the past family management. There has been a great deal of turn over at the corporate offices in Colorado. The company is dominated by white males, thus very little diversity. Diversity is only a show, the Aerospace division is an exception to this rule. 

    The company is very fragmented, while some divisions are running well, the largest division in USA and Canada is not the place to be in. Most of the executive management in this division are new with big echos. They are more focused on changing employee base than real strategy. The finance area is the most concerning, and the entire department has turned over. The division finance and administration management are creating and seems to thrive on operating with a very unhealthy culture.  If you don't agree with management you will be fired, thus most management is new and entire departments are having high turn over in the rank and file over the last 2 years.

    There is too much politics within the division, that coupled with executive management favoritism and upward mobility is not possible. You can only move around if a few in management like you. There is little or no employee development and engagement, it appears division management is basically carrying out employee cleansing, based on a private agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what's happening to your largest division, it's management, culture and employee moral. If you don't act now this division under current management will destroy this great company from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Generous Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ball offers a very generous compensation and benefits package. The company provides ample development opportunities for those who are willing to put in the work. Ball is very generous in its charitable giving in the communities where it operates. The company has been around a long time and is built on a history of success. There is very low turnover at the company which speaks highly of the culture.

    Cons

    A large company where underperformers can get lost. It's low turnover can also be seen as a negative in that ideas and policies remain a bit stagnant over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best companies in the USA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Electrician in North Tampa Heights, FL
    Current Employee - Industrial Electrician in North Tampa Heights, FL

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good wages. Heavy emphasis on Safety. Production work is four days on four days off, 12 hours a day 6 to 6. Ball has many operations all over the world, to include Aerospace.

    Cons

    High noise level. Monthly rotating shifts from days to nights. Very hot on the production floor. It IS Florida! This information applies to the Tampa plant only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep turnover to a minimum.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, like the direction we are heading

    Cons

    Sometimes seemed like we did not want to make changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the same track we are on, love the communcation we are now seeing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great COOP experience

    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Ball Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Got to learn a lot about the engineering side of the company
    Got to learn a lot about management

    Cons

    The experience gotten out of the COOP is relative to how much you want to learn. This means if you try hard you will get a lot of good experience, if not you will end up not learning much and wasting your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company going in the wrong direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pays a reasonable working wage

    Cons

    The "corporate culture" has changed and not for the better. Ball used to genuinely care about its employees. Now it only seems concerned with keeping investors happy. Almost all, if not all, union plants have closed, while large amounts of money funneled into operations/startups in foreign countries.
    Mandatory overtime, frequent use of temp employees with no experience, then management complaining when production numbers are down.
    Disturbing pattern of finding nit-picky reasons to let go of experienced employees only to replace them with outsiders (friends of management) or piling more work on existing employees. Bidding on internal openings is a joke. Policies tend to favor the slackers over the people who actually show up to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how the company was run a decade ago and aim for a similar module.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but there's concern about its direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has decent benefits and fair salaries including a pension plan. Most management is great to work for. Pleasant work environment with lots of great people. Generally nice facilities. Many staffers love the company and treat it like their own. If you're under 50, it can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Employee loyalty and length of service is not rewarded. New breed of executives are mostly concerned about themselves and not the company. Major effort underway to get rid of longterm employees over 50. Middle managers are often stressed out and worried about their jobs. Decisions are often made for CYA purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CIO. He's a horrific manager who is egotistical, derisive, and blind to researched facts & opinions that don't coincide with his agenda. Many staffers and plant personnel would do anything for this company, but no longer believe management feels the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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