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Alpha Natural Resources Reviews

Updated July 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)

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

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  1. "Wish the industry would have held up"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Alpha Natural Resources as a contractor

    Pros

    Great work environment and even better people

    Cons

    Industry tanked so my employment ended


  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. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Corporate HQ"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Obvious challenges stemming from bankruptcy.


  6. "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.


  7. "ELECTRICAL ENGINEER"

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    Former Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Waynesburg, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Waynesburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, I enjoyed working with my coworkers. I enjoyed the challenges the job presented, especially troubleshooting electrical equipment.

    Cons

    The coal industry is very depressed and job security is uncertain. The coal industry is forecasted to remain depressed for several years.

    Advice to Management

    The coal industry is facing difficult market conditions for the next several years. Four of the five largest suppliers have filed bankruptcy. Promote a positive work environment to reduce the stress from what employees are seeing (a lack of job security in the industry).

  8. "Coal Miner"

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    Former Employee - Coal Miner in Waynesburg, PA
    Former Employee - Coal Miner in Waynesburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, fantastic benefits, knowledgeable co-workers. All the overtime you want with no limits. very structured system. Was part of a collective bargaining unit (UMWA)

    Cons

    Very little to no time off at the start of employment. about two days for a entire year. Very strict rules for attendance, coming in late or leaving early is not tolerated. You will work 6 days a week a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too full of themselves and need to relax and not take things too seriously. The average employee has years of experience and is more than capable of doing most tasks assigned to them without constantly being babysit.


  9. "Decent to work for in a bad industry."

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    Current Employee - Foreman
    Current Employee - Foreman
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation
    Top pay
    Everyone has a seat at the table

    Cons

    Coal industry is in a decline
    Insurance is a joke
    No appreciation shown


  10. "Great salary, lacking benefits,"

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    Former Employee - Foreman Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Foreman Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct supervisors are a Great group of people to work for
    Great salary for having no experience with or without a degree

    Cons

    10 days vacation per year
    Takes 5 years to get an extra week of vacation
    Tips out at 3 weeks unless you are grandfathered in with more weeks. Then you can have more
    Time consuming job


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