Ball Corporation

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Updated May 8, 2014

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3.5 27 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Ball Corporation President, CEO, and Director John A. Hayes

John A. Hayes

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Purchaser and closer of productive and profitable beverage can plants

    Production Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent Wages and Benefits/Pension (all thanks to Collective Bargaining Agreement in place at time plant was purchased)

    ConsPlant purchased in 2009 by Ball Corporation. Senior management came in with the promise of a long career for us all, very impressed with our facility in every way, they even stated that they "wanted our children and grand-children to work there"...all untrue! No real investment in the plant, no real exchange of personnel from other Ball facilities to help integrate culture. They cutback on scheduled maintenance almost immediately and laid off 48 people at end of 2011, than they announced the following year that our facility would be closing permanently at the end of 2012. They are a union-busting company, they're subtle about it, they do it quietly and legally as the previous four beverage can plants that they closed (counting us) were unionized. Dispersed our volume to other facilities. Utililize inexperienced workers from temporary services. If they buy your plant be very wary especially if unionized and update your resume, start looking for a new job and saving your money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop closing can plants and contributing to the loss of family-supportive middle-class jobs in this economy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great COOP experience

    Engineering Intern (Current Employee) Horsham, PA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company going in the wrong direction

    Prefer Not to Say (Current Employee)

    ProsPays a reasonable working wage

    ConsThe "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 Senior ManagementLook at how the company was run a decade ago and aim for a similar module.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    IT Professional (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsEmployee 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 Senior ManagementReplace 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to Work at.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsA company with allot of history. A global market leader in its business segment, good benefits for employees.

    ConsNeeds better talent management and development.

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    Great place to work, as long as you are in a good department.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsGreat benefits. Friendly people. True sense of ownership in the company by every employee. Great location. The company believes in personal development and training.

    ConsTwo weeks of vacation for starting employees is behind the times. Some senior level managers are allowed to stay in their positions when they are ineffective.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBall needs to implement 360 review process. This process would allow scoring of management effectiveness. Ball promotes based on friendships and not necessarily abilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good orgnization to work for

    Plant Analyst (Current Employee) Conroe, TX

    ProsThey do care about the people working for the company

    ConsCompany is growing to fast

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not an employer who values experience and loyalty of employees, prefers outsiders especially if you're connected to CIO.

    IT Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    Prosgood benefits and profit (EVA) sharing plan, friendly employees, excellent climate and location

    ConsIt is a who you know and not what you know culture especially in IT. If you're looking to grow in your career,look elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't think that if someone used to work in State government that they know anything about technology.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Old Fashioned Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    Pros- Compensation
    - Benefits (once you become eligible for pension)

    Cons- Not open to change or new ideas. Management acknowledges this and does nothing
    - Promotions are questionable, movement up because they like you or you have been with the company for a long time, instead of skills and experience
    - People who have been with the company for a long time and wants things how it was long ago
    - Silos, no team work with other departments, so bad communication, lots of work to fix something simple, wasted time and effort, complaints of being busy
    - HR manager for packaging, needs to improve her people skills since she is suppose to work with people
    - Management don't follow their own policies and make exceptions
    - They say work life balance but really there is none

    Advice to Senior Management- Move on, the company is no longer a small family company
    - Micro managers, trust the people working for you and that they bring new ideas, don't try to make someone exactly like you
    - Really reassess the people in management roles because some of them really should not be doing what they were promoted to

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsMany people are long-term (career) employees. They know the company, they are committed to doing a good job, and they work hard. They care about the company and its successes. This is one of the few remaining places where many people work their entire careers.
    Ball provides very good benefits for their employees. It emphasizes health and savings for the future. Health care options are reasonable and broad enough to accommodate different needs. Ball pays a significant part of the costs.
    Ball still provides a pension plan in addition to 401(k), including match. There is no fixed number of sick days, and my experience is that people do not abuse this. After 5 consecutive days, short-term disability kicks in.

    ConsLong-term employment can engender the "we've always done it this way" mentality. Change is difficult.
    Management deficiencies are not addressed in a timely manner. Departments founder while senior management looks the other way.
    Growth by acquisition with no defined process for integration has made Ball a corporation of individual entities. There are no common processes, which causes inefficiencies and engenders errors. Each manufacturing plant works differently. None wants to change. There is no standardization, which means there is no common ground and no basis for comparison. Power plays abound.
    Old school reigns. Technology is resisted. Attracting and retaining younger, motivated employees is a problem

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview HR exit interviews -scuttlebutt is they are stuck in a folder and never looked at. Ask HR about the feedback they're getting - and tell them you want the truth. Ask for information from line employees. Review departmental managements' claims. Dig into the details. Look at department trends - turnover, promotions, organization (regular reorganizing, levels of management, direct report numbers). Don't believe the spin.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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