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Alpha Natural Resources Reviews

Updated November 14, 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)

  • Company in survival mode, No bonuses or 401K match, Insurance is less to be desired (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Oracle Apps DBA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Oracle Applications Database Administrator in Bristol, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Oracle Applications Database Administrator in Bristol, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good company with many benefits

    Cons

    It is coal company in Virginia.


  2. "Foreman"

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    Former Employee - Foreman in Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Foreman in Charleston, WV

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

    Pros

    Good guys to work with hard working people who know what there doing miss working with them to bad coal went to crap

    Cons

    Cutting pay and benefits and retirement

  3. "Administrative/Corporate Positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alpha Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Employees are paid regularly every two weeks.

    Cons

    The expectation of performance and hours input does not match the level of compensation for many of the positions within the organization. Management has received most of the gains in income from recent times with little to no increase in benefit for non-managers.

    There was little to no opportunity for promotion/advancement before the bankruptcy and now post-emergence the staff is approximately half or less of what it was before. Positions are fixed and you are extremely unlikely to ever have the chance to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    For salary positions within the organization you seem desperate to retain your employees, so it's probably best to at least pay market rates for their roles if not a little better than market. When people are paid less than they're worth it means they are looking to leave.


  4. "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.


  5. "Quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people who work around you.

    Cons

    Lots of communication problems within organization


  6. "alpha"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benefits for family

    Cons

    Never know when a layoff will happen


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are excellent and quickly become like extended family. Fast paced and plenty to keep you busy.

    Cons

    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    After acquiring Massey they had a huge Met Coal reserve

    Cons

    It appeared that upper management couldn't steer their way out of a paper bag. They let good knowledgeable people go, and kept the brown nosers

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more


  10. "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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