I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time
Most employees are excellent and quickly become like extended family. Fast paced and plenty to keep you busy.
Alpha, like most large corporations, has a disconnect between the executive branch and those below them.
Advice to Management
Ask questions to understand the processes involved and the conflicts created from decisions made. An effective manager utilizes their employees experience in dealing with daily operations. There is nothing wrong with an EVP asking an hourly person how a new process or policy is going to effect operations and possible alternatives.
I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Alpha Natural Resources.
The interview process was my best experience at Alpha. I had a phone interview and then an in person interview the following day. It took about 3 weeks to get an offer after my interviews.