SunCoke Energy Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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  1. Corporate Role

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I worked at SunCoke Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate environment and career development opportunities. There is a good organizational development program/ team and it is a serious and solid company.

    Cons

    There could be some difficulties in the long run with inter-department movement and placement.
    The location could be a problem depending on employee expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with diversifying vision and new business models.
    Mantain the high standard and excellent financial and over allresults.


  2. Was a good place, things changed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I worked at SunCoke Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great 401k package, good compensation, supported employee development and conferences, was able to manage my work and do what needed to be done without a lot of oversight.

    Cons

    Layoffs at corporate, steel and coal industry instability, new executive management set completely new direction for department, almost the entire department left the company in 7 months.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, keep the talented staff, communicate through out the company better. Work on employee retention.


  3. Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy

    Pros

    Good pay and always new challenges

    Cons

    Sometimes there is frequent travel


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  5. A good learning ex perience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underground Miner in Whitewood, VA
    Current Employee - Underground Miner in Whitewood, VA

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and hours

    Cons

    Unstable company at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Better Money management


  6. Commercial Operations

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

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, driven, and results oriented

    Cons

    I cannot find a con. i have asked for training, conferences and i was granted to go. no Cons.


  7. Small Company resources, large company ambitions

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

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very dynamic and challenging place to apply any skillset. There are a lot of problems to be solved and a good sum of money allocated to solving problems so it is a real playground for problem solvers. The team is mostly nice and open minded with most managers accessible and welcoming of your ideas.

    Cons

    A lot of the problems are created by missing processes or insufficient management attention toward closing the loop on initiatives. Many things are started but never finished, promised and never delivered. The management is very ambitious but does not know how to efficiently work the team to attain the ambitious goals. This leaves the team working hard and still feeling like they didn't meet the mark. There is not much room for growth. A very flat organization means few opportunities to get promoted. Usually you have to move to get promoted. The middle line managers are always the reason for all the problems. This creates a very high turnover and a constant influx of new people that just don't know enough to progress the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize the initiatives and insure the work is completed. Take time to understand the process in place before blaming the managers and adding to the extremely high turnover. Create opportunities for career growth within company structure that does not rely on promotion alone. Focus on technical leaders rather than just "leaders".


  8. Great concept, great aspirations, good systems, but they forget about their customers and employees

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

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, as long as you can focus on this as a driver.

    Cons

    constantly changing, it's like working for a company with attention deficit disorder

    Advice to Management

    listen to the people who do the work


  9. Good job when the economy was bad now looking elsewhere.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Tech-Electrical in Granite City, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Tech-Electrical in Granite City, IL

    I have been working at SunCoke Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay and Benefits. Different schedule than anybody else.

    Cons

    Inhaling and being around coal and coke dust which are known to cause cancer.
    Nothing but outdoor work.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your meetings and do your primary job which is to direct the workforce. Stop trying so hard to move to a new job, do the one you were hired for.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Company needs to treat good workers better.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bolter Operator in Oakwood, VA
    Former Employee - Bolter Operator in Oakwood, VA

    I worked at SunCoke Energy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay,benefits, work safety, equipment, bonuses

    Cons

    Layoff, no drug testing, lazy workers, poor management, outdated mining practices, no corrective action is ever enforced.

    Advice to Management

    Before you decided to have a layoff, you should have drug tested all the workers at your Dominion mines. That would have saved some good workers their jobs and got rid of the drug abusers at the mines. Workers that had disciplinary issues, write ups, attendance problems, were kept and good hard workers were layed-off. The workers at Dominion 36 let their mine go down and receive violations, but the majority of them were kept. Does not make much sense to send the bad apples from 36 to the other mines and lay off good workers.


  11. SunCoke systematically eliminated all experienced personnel who had built the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Various in Lisle, IL

    I worked at SunCoke Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Due to the nature of the contracts SunCoke has with its customers, they should generate a profit from operations for the duration of the contracts. Therefore, a candidate for employment should be less concerned about the near term survival of the company.

    Cons

    The company had been vibrant to work for because of the terrific growth and the individual freedom granted to achieve the growth. Even before the move to Lisle, IL from Knoxville, TN the new management had been systematically eliminating anyone who had been part of that growth. Under the new management the company became stagnant and oppressive of new ideas or ways to grow. The new management repopulated the ranks with employees without any of the technical or industry specific knowledge required to advance the cokemaking technology and stimulate growth. A candidate for employment should be willing to work in a very top down command and control environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and value their ideas instead of looking for people to blame for the next problem. Give individuals the ability and support to get the job done without fear of reprisal.



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