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Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, solid work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * So many *good* people at ABT
    * Managers are reasonable and caring people
    * Flexible work hours
    * Daily catering avaiable
    * Excellent pay
    * Stable employment, low turnover
    * Interesting projects, lots of new code to write
    * Mile-long walking trail is beautiful and a great way to make friends at work. Many people take a lap in the morning and a lap in the afternoon.
    * Corporation is constantly introducing healthy living initiatives. Very cool!
    * Private family doctor within walking distance from the office - extremely convenient.
    * ABT has many *expert* software developers. You are guaranteed to grow as a programmer.
    * Top-notch, well-funded, extensive training program for new employees. Lots of valuable skills to learn.
    * The trucking industry is NOT boring. Lots of interesting problems to solve!

    Cons

    * Relatively stingy with vacation
    * Cubicle farm
    * Legacy software is a harsh reality for tech companies that have been around for this long
    * Management is effecient and stable, so promotions can be slow
    * Heavily invested in proprietary software (WIndows + IBM, virtually no Linux)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You can do better than ArcBest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Lead in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job right out of college, good starting point, a resume builder job

    Some departments look like fun to work in, but that's only because they have great people.
    If you aren't in that department, you'll wish you were

    Cons

    Wait too long to promote
    Don't promote for the right reasons
    Dangle promotions to keep you hoping you'll get it
    Very cliquey - if you are different, you'll be seen as weird
    No degree gets you a better pay than someone with a masters degree (helps when family member is a director)
    Little recognition for hard work
    Underpaid for making company millions
    If you don't have kids, you are singled out
    Make you compete against coworkers fostering a fake sense of teamwork
    Silent bullying
    Bosses don't have your back

    Advice to Management

    If you don't promote people, people will promote themselves by leaving. Also, increase your community impact - it's basically non-existent


  3. "Typical corporate job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were quite a few attractive female co workers

    Cons

    highly regulated and micromanaged. Very few perks or benefits

    Advice to Management

    Get out sales way and let us do what sales people do best


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  5. "Noticed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArcBest (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work environment, they care about their employees. You arent just another number.

    Cons

    Tenure seems to rule all instead of good work


  6. "Pretty horrid company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You know when you will be promoted.

    Cons

    Performance does not matter for a promotion. Poor feedback. Managers micro-manage.

    Advice to Management

    Read a book, any book, on management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ArcBest full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, family oriented environment. Incredibly bright future with exciting things to be a part of. Plenty of opportunity for someone who works hard.

    Cons

    Training and development opportunities are focused on leadership or brand new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities for those who are not new, but have not progressed past Management level.


  8. "ArcBest - Good Company for a Poor Job Market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, the IT group is outstanding.

    Cons

    Management practices to deal with teamsters are applied to salaried employees as well.

    Advice to Management

    Consider psychological profiling before promoting above the manager level.


  9. "Senior Proj"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Senior Account Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArcBest full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable company that is consistently growing. Fellow employees are great to work with. Good working environment with a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited to no opportunities for advancement into a leadership role without 20+ years experience.

    Advice to Management

    Create leadership programs for mid to senior level developers so they can gain experience within that type of role instead of waiting until they are promoted to a management position.


  10. "Friendly but spaghetti"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    First-name basis
    Good starting pay

    Cons

    Spaghetti code
    Quiet location
    Not high tech

    Advice to Management

    Rewards based on merit


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Smith, AR

    I have been working at ArcBest (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, High start pay almost 60k

    Cons

    Fort Smith is boring. Thats about it.


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