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Arch Coal Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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  • "I have been in the mines for 38 years, and have a lot of experience" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Foreman"

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    Current Employee - Foreman On Third Shift in Beckley, WV
    Current Employee - Foreman On Third Shift in Beckley, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work hard, follow the rules, get the job done right, and I want to advance

    Cons

    Really no downside, I work with some good people, I just want the opportunity to advance. I have been in the mines for 38 years, and have a lot of experience. I bring to the table experience, and my record is impeccable. I have been a mine foreman on the third shift and took the job at Arch because I was not happy at my other employer. There was not an available position for my experience so I took what they had that was close to it.

    Advice to Management

    Give a man a chance. I want to advance. I work hard. I do my job. and I am good at what I do. I don't have to tell you this, I just want to you consider me for advancement


  2. "underground hourly"

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    Current Employee - Underground Laboerer in Grafton, WV
    Current Employee - Underground Laboerer in Grafton, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively flexible and understanding work place that respects ( too the greatest extent possible) an Employee's with his family.

    Cons

    The upper management of the mine I work at is extremely tight knit, and truly is only given the chance for advancement to individuals associated with them or where they originally came from.

    Advice to Management

    Interview everyone qualified for the job. Please do not be so quick to dismiss college education, and the people who have bettered themselves by pursuing education.

  3. "Great Place to Work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary and Good Safety Culture

    Cons

    I worked Lots of hours


  4. "Caring Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company seems to genuinely care about its employees. Co-workers are great and there’s a familial atmosphere that is unlike places I’ve worked before.

    Cons

    Despite the downsizing of 2015, most departments at corporate still appear to be over staffed. This leads to a “feast or famine” work cycle, which makes it hard for the people who want to be here to stay consistently engaged and challenged. Many employees are clearly biding their time to retirement while enjoying the paycheck and very light workload. Besides draining morale, this seems like a waste of company resources.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps reevaluate departments to see what and how much people are actually doing on a regular basis. Dig into the reasons why difficult people in certain departments have been moved to other groups in the past, rather than dealt with appropriately.


  5. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    People were great to work with
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    It is not there fault the industry is declining


  6. "Place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    This company looks at the man. You put in the effort, they see it, you move on up.

    Cons

    Pay,benefits could be better. Insurance paid with not high deductibles. Time off,especially christmas

    Advice to Management

    Overall excellent people. Market goes up, remember us, we helped get it all there. Our families mean as much to us as yours do to you. Give a man credit, give him incentives, give him monetary benefits that make him feel he us a vital part of a good company.


  7. "Great place but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, good pay, good benefits.

    Cons

    In the IT department, the top leadership is not even mediocre - it is poor. No communication, no direction, no clue.

    Advice to Management

    The current IT leadership (the very top in IT) would not last at another organization that understood IT. Get help when hiring a leader, especially in IT. Leaders should understand their field and should not be spin masters.

  8. "Place has become a shell of itself"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Creve Coeur, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life is pretty good
    Still some good, talented people

    Cons

    IT is very factious, with very little interaction between departments. Individuals are basically forced to choose sides, which hurts all parties involved.
    Senior management sees no value in IT and barely tolerates our work
    We suffered heavily during the down times, but only the senior level is reaping the rewards during the good times

    Advice to Management

    When you are less than two years away from a bankruptcy, it's shameful to be pocketing millions of dollars a year. Your decisions meant dozens of former employees lost paychecks, and never once took less than a seven-figure salary. Please consider joining the sacrifices that have to be made for decisions that were largely yours.


  9. "Engineering"

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

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Constant job, ever changing work

    Cons

    No professional movement opportunities doesn't like to pay for educational advancement. Women are extremely limited and treated as less.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up upper management, and get some fresh air, your suffocating on all your money


  10. "Excellent company culture!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, excellent IT team and management! Lot of events and free foods., premium Creve couere lake side office view ! Loved it.

    Cons

    Paid vacation only 10 days