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Review of Arch Coal, Inc. from former employee

Business Manager (Former Employee) Wright, WY

ProsArch 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.

ConsArch 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Arch Coal

    Pros: Senior management is honest, sincere and cares about safety, the environment and return to shareholders. … Cons: Mines are located near small communities. Corporate office is in St. Louis. … Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    A very safe, and relaxed working environment with good compensation.

    Electrician (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Arch Coal

    Pros: Focuse on Safety. Clear direction as a business. Good oppertunities and the ability to move as high as… Cons: Some first line supervisors still not onboard with new management direction. Some employee concerns… Advice to Senior Management: Keep moving to bring all business units into the twenty first century and… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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