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Alpha Natural Resources Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay starting out, company vehicle and bonuses (in 11 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Great pay, Great working Environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The coal industry is forecasted to remain depressed for several years (in 8 reviews)

  • The coal industry is very depressed and job security is uncertain (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Safety"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastern, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastern, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were top notch.

    Cons

    Federal regulatory agencies were very difficult to deal with.


  2. "Not a lot of future - left due to coal industry."

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    Former Employee - Mine Engineer in Bristol, VA
    Former Employee - Mine Engineer in Bristol, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay starting out, company vehicle and bonuses. Safety oriented and environmentally responsible. Compliance with permits and MSHA and state Regulations where important.

    Cons

    No employees evaluation to measure individual success to promote, a lot of family good ol boys in management. Take bonuses vehicles when times are down.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your employees and reward them.


  3. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Mine Engineer in Waynesburg, PA
    Former Employee - Mine Engineer in Waynesburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is good, good pay, good management, hours are good. safety practices is good. Mine level guys are also good.

    Cons

    Coal industry is in downturn, so everything is in coal is going down. Alpha is not an exception. Medical out of pocket is huge, 401(k) matching is none.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management because they study the case thoroughly when making a decision. Coal industry position is not good overall. Managments efforts are good.


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  5. "Operations MGMT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people that work for the company

    Cons

    Poor planning, poor communication after bankruptcy. Weak Sr Managers, they just don't care. Benefits package is basically non-existent. No 401K match.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Beckley, WV
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beckley, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very few, was a good company until around 2011, old CEO is gone, dont know if new CEO any better.

    Cons

    pay cuts, layoffs, benefits,


  7. "Massey/Alpha"

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    Former Employee - Coal Lab Tech in Chattaroy, WV
    Former Employee - Coal Lab Tech in Chattaroy, WV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good wages, hard working co-workers. Nice benefits. Stable for a long time.

    Cons

    Coal market fluctuation. 24 hour production. Work nights. Incliment weather

    Advice to Management

    Choose wisely.


  8. "Chief of Security Progress Coal"

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    Former Employee - Chief of Security in Twilight, WV
    Former Employee - Chief of Security in Twilight, WV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good Benefits, good Relations with other employee's

    Cons

    Benefits were going down hill because of the war on coal. Good men loosing jobs because of the war on coal.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. "A once great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None now. They're in bankruptcy

    Cons

    Single product energy company adversely affected by socio-political actions

    Advice to Management

    None now...too late.


  10. "Unsustainable"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Beckley, WV
    Former Employee - Buyer in Beckley, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people
    Decent benefits
    Decent pay
    It's sad that none of it's going to last for anyone since the Obama administrations war on coal.

    Cons

    The coal industry is on the decline and it is unsustainable. Everyone is in fear for their jobs and livelihood and are leaving the state in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck to everyone in their future endeavors. I can't see this company lasting in the long term or short term future.


  11. "Foreman"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapmanville, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapmanville, WV

    I have been working at Alpha Natural Resources (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a decent company before the downturn of the coal industry

    Cons

    Taking benefits from employees as well as cutting hours


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