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Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Boom and Bust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arch Coal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hands on work. Good Pay and Benefits.

    Cons

    It is difficult to know whether this is a company that you can work for over an extended time due to economic climate. Boom and bust nature of industry is as bad now as it has ever been.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear goals. Safety incentives are excellent. Could improve performance by having hourly employee incentives for violation reduction, cost reduction and production improvements.


  7. "Left due to bad economic climate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time

    Pros

    benefits are pretty standard if not on the better side, no longer get pension however

    Cons

    Log jam for employment advancement

  8. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Coal Miner in Williamsville, IL
    Former Employee - Coal Miner in Williamsville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arch Coal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, love the work, stressful but adaptable. Great vacation time (5 weeks)

    Cons

    Management preaches safety above ground, but supervisors and mine managers ignore it underground. Rotating shifts every week are hard on your family and body. Good old boy network still strong...If you are willing to take risks and put safety aside underground to make your target...You succeed. For those that abide by the letter of the law, your place has no value for this company. Kiss management butt, you get promoted. Do right by your job and bring safety concerns up to management, you get snubbed and ignored. No chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own policies. This "what goes on underground, stays underground" stuff needs to stop....And yes, it does still happen.


  9. "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super relaxed environment, amazing co-workers

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employee ideas/comments/thoughts about changes or recommendations, projects are moved forward with no regard to possible issues to users/hardware, no training is provided to users, company tries to skirt employees out of bonuses, raises are a rarity, employee performance planning/tracking is a joke and the goals are changed mid-year to not allow employees to reach goal for raise.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen more closely to your employee's ideas/comments/recommendations. Your employees are your lifeblood and without them, this company will stall. You've already lost quite a few of them through the bankruptcy, don't lose more by thinking that the "little things" will keep the ones that remain. Training, Growth, Opportunity need to be things this company improves on or it will become stagnant.


  10. "Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Production Superintendent in Hanna, WY
    Former Employee - Production Superintendent in Hanna, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arch Coal (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job is extremely interesting with good corperate support.

    Cons

    Working hours are extreme and not very flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to distribute work load.


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