Arch Coal Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Arch Coal CEO John W. Eaves
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  1. accounting

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Accountant in Charleston, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arch Coal (More than a year)

    Pros

    good company with great people. Jeff's a gentlemen who's tough but fair. the support staff is all of the highest calibre

    Cons

    long hours, isolated office that is very quiet and may not suit people who like a more dynamic environment

    Advice to Management

    working with management is a pleasure despite the long hours


  2. Slow death

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They stick to what they know, however what they know is becoming less relevant. Good benefits and they generally hire good people.

    Cons

    Lack of vision for the future. Management that led the ICG acquisition have not been held accountable for their mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Should have diversified your coal exposure many years ago. Hindsight is 20/20. Since the banks now run the business, management has little incentive or capital to innovate.


  3. Arch Coal Review

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    Former Employee - Office Services/Receptionist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Office Services/Receptionist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All the co workers are like a family

    Cons

    Coal business not doing well at this time

    Advice to Management

    Wake UP


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    Once great, now a wasteland because leadership won't share sacrfice

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice work-life balance Generally friendly people Heavy focus on safety (at least in the past) Most people at the mines are very nice and hardworking

    Cons

    Ever since the stock started to fall management has been cutting people while keeping record high salaries for themselves. CEO makes more than everyone he has laid off combined and still pretends we are suffering together. The place is SO sad to work in now, everyone waiting for the next layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop suggesting that "we are all suffering" when you are making more per month than any 20 of the people you laid off. Be honest with your employees, tell them that you don't want to sacrifice your salary would rather sacrifice their jobs


  6. IT department could use some leadership

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    Former Employee - Information Security in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Information Security in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides adequate training for IT folks. Yearly raises & Bonuses even during hard times. They do what they can to retain talent.

    Cons

    Coal industry not doing well in general hurting the company's reputation as a secure place to work. Bitterness between IT teams. Lots of politics for a small IT department.

    Advice to Management

    The IT organization needs to incorporate standard processes and include all levels of IT in projects and efforts. Lack of communication between different departments of IT causes resentment and feelings of disrespect. Needs firm IT leadership.


  7. IT Department is Dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were decent, People you worked with were good for the most part, Good work/life balance. Casual, laid back environment.

    Cons

    IT management is completely inadequate and dysfunctional. They focus on playing CYA instead of fixing the problems that continually occur. Poor communication and cooperation between various IT groups. Many people promoted based on how much the manager likes them rather than how good they are at what they do or their quality of work. No consistency with hiring practices such as interviews, etc. Due to previously mentioned issues, IT has to hire a lot of contractors because the existing employees dont have the ability or skills to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Gut IT management. Get rid of entrenched management that have been there for years and seem to be the problem rather than part of the solution. Try to minimize the good old boys club effect.


  8. Difficult to work for after working for Rio Tinto and Kerr McGee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wages and profit sharing were good.Schedule worked gave you 7 days off every month.

    Cons

    Supervisors were promoted by who you know instead of qualifications.The two I worked for treated you good if you were the original group of people before they purchased Jacobs Ranch.If you had a talking to coming for something they didn't like most words started with F and you were given the worst jobs they could come up with.You are given 80 hours of personal business time that most of the time you wouldn't get when you needed it and if you use it without 24 hour notice it is counted as sick leave on your record.

    Advice to Management

    If the company wants to save money take the 100 gallon fuel tanks out of supervisors pickups because the 5 years I worked there you see them filling them with fuel but never see any used on mine site.


  9. Learning experience with excellent comp ($)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Gillette, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Gillette, WY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The training given was exceptional , family was always number one along with safety. The safety aspect was stressed by all ,even management !

    Cons

    Some employees are pre-Madonna's and fell they are better than others and should be waited on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the high goal on safety ,


  10. Great people, tough market

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Executive team piled cash to ride out market downturn Good team focus Good benefits

    Cons

    Market downturn much longer than expected and still has "legs" Stock price nearing junk status

    Advice to Management

    Lock in value when opportunity arises


  11. Conservative company, heading downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, executives have open door policies, decent benefits

    Cons

    Coal markets are depressed and may never recover. Many external hires don't fit positions they're hired for; lots of good people internally passed over. Most senior level people have no plans to retire, so upward movement is limited.



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