Arch Coal

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Arch Coal Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Hazard, KY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Hazard, KY

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits for this company

    Cons

    Could have better computer systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was an excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Arch Coal

    Pros

    -Open door policy with Senior Management
    -Ethics and integrity
    -Safety Culture

    Cons

    Governmental and environmental regulations and pressures to put industry out of business. Very competitive and challenging business climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to diversify.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people and work/life, but almost impossible to move up or pursue long-term career objectives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    The organization truly values safety and environmental performance
    Accessible executives willing to listen (if not act) to employee concerns
    Not a sweat shop for the most part; outside of some departments 45-hour weeks are the expectation

    Cons

    Tough time for industry; expect many more months of severe cutbacks and cost-cutting
    VERY difficult to advance for the under-50 crowd; few senior managers leaving and most open positions filled externally
    IT department lacks leadership and direction, which filters through to entire organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's critical to provide honest and real feedback to the young talent before every one of them leaves. Especially in times of cutbacks, it's important to provide hope (and compensation!) to the best of the next generation of leaders. Too many have left both the operations and the corporate office because they were just told to be patient without any reason to believe their patience would be rewarded

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arch Coal (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    there are a lot of good people that work there and they work hard to support Arch Coal

    Cons

    Senior management does not always notice that work hard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work but the industry is heading south.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits, and had a very laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, coal industry is suffering greatly, executives and operations dislike IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Incompetent IT management and executives who fail to see the big picture (and the writing on the wall)

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    Former Employee - IT Person in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Person in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good and cheap benefits, laid back

    Cons

    The CIO never held a technical position nor a position in an IT department before coming to work at Arch. Big dreams and fantasies that either never happened or were complete disasters. IT management won't speak to you after you put in your resignation. Management refuses to listen to their employees, from technical decisions all the way down to hiring decisions. Management meddles in day to day tasks and don't let the people they hire to do the job actually do the job.

    Executives refuse to see the writing on the wall and have refused to move into other energy sources. Majorly failed acquisition in 2011 has put the company at the brink of bankruptcy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT management at Arch needs gutted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Vacation, self directed

    Cons

    Market is heading downhill; new acquisitions were done at the wrong time; good old boy attitude

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Conservative company with friendly employees

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    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
  10.  

    Laid back atmosphere, good people to work with, not a ton of overtime

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Support in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, fun place to work, good salaries, not expected to work too many nights/weekends

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, coal industry is suffering greatly, executives and operations dislike IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that in the worst times, employees need to be given the truth regarding their employment. Layoffs and closures at/of coal mines starts to concern the people in the HQ, too.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Luck

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    Former Employee - I T Administrator
    Former Employee - I T Administrator

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are nice people within the IT staff. Large turnover so you get to work with a variety of people.

    Cons

    The management is a political monster. HR does not negotiate during the interview process. Double check what your skills are worth and think twice about this sinking ship. There needs to be a management overhaul before it gets better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff and treat them like adults, not children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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