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Ball Corporation Reviews

Updated September 26, 2017
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  • They say work life balance but really there is none (in 3 reviews)

  • rotating shifts and mandatory overtime and working up to 16 hour days (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Gone down hill"

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

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

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is the pay and the retirement benefits. They pay very well for not needing a degree and offer a pension still. If it weren't for these two items there would be no reason to work here. Things have been going down hill over the last 10 or so years.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is very poor. Unless you are salary or work in the office, you are not allowed to have a life. Cannot plan doctors appointments or family events because the 4 on 4 off 12 hour shift work schedule they advertise doesn't exist. There is forced overtime every week.

    Work conditions have worsened, modifications and/or lack of maintenance to plant ventilation has caused temperatures in the summer go from around 100° floor temperstures to 110°-115° in the summer all while dramatically increasing the workload with less employees per work area now.

    This is not the plant it used to be. Work conditions and how they treat employees that aren't in clicks have forced many good employees to retire or leave early ultimately putting more of a load on the other workers.

    Training in the plant does not exist. This combined with current workloads and work conditions creates a very dangerous environment and poses a safety risk to all that work on the floor. This has put a large strain on employees that care about the plant and doing their job causing major morale problems and often hostile work environments.

    This plant is no longer about the employees that keep the doors open. Recently, we were disappointed to find out that when the plant was shut down for a natural disaster that no hourly employees would be compensated for lost wages. Many businesses small and large in the area are taking care of their employees after the event so it was shocking to find out that Ball employees would not be helped out. This is a drop in the bucket to a large successful company such as Ball. I feel that the old Ball would have helped.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting/hiring fishing and drinking buddies and family. Friendships don't make a plant run, you are pushing away too many good employees that the plant needs. Stop running your good employees into the ground and overlooking issues with friends.


  2. "Save yourself time and energy. Apply elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Heading Out the Door to Anywhere But Here in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Heading Out the Door to Anywhere But Here in Canton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clean facility
    Well ventilated
    You can work hard or hardly, no one will know the difference or hold you accountable.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Poor Communication
    Poor execution
    No opportunity for advancement
    2-2-3 12hr shifts. With more than enough forced overtime to cover what you don't make in a raise.
    Tiered hourly rate based on "skill" that grandfathered the employees from the previous company top rate and has yet to yield a single raise for anyone else.
    One more time Poor Communication.

    Advice to Management

    To Corporate Management. Cut your losses and start with a fresh team. Stop hiring "friends and family" hire qualified applicants. Remove holding a job title for a year. There are quite a few lower job class employees with the skills and experience to fill openings

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay, poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Maintainer
    Current Employee - Maintainer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good and the benefits are as well. Some of the supervisors and leaders will try to help you.

    Cons

    To many other supervisors stuck in the pressure style environment. Even if you work hard, if they don't like you then you are screwed over with all the overtime while others get time off. To many cover ups. Supervisors will run lines even with known faults that will cause defective products.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There is a reason that multiple employees have quit or left departments. Just because you have time away from the job doesn't mean we want to spend all of our time there.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many people are long-term (career) employees. They know the company, they are committed to doing a good job, and they work hard. They care about the company and its successes. This is one of the few remaining places where many people work their entire careers.
    Ball provides very good benefits for their employees. It emphasizes health and savings for the future. Health care options are reasonable and broad enough to accommodate different needs. Ball pays a significant part of the costs.
    Ball still provides a pension plan in addition to 401(k), including match. There is no fixed number of sick days, and my experience is that people do not abuse this. After 5 consecutive days, short-term disability kicks in.

    Cons

    Long-term employment can engender the "we've always done it this way" mentality. Change is difficult.
    Management deficiencies are not addressed in a timely manner. Departments founder while senior management looks the other way.
    Growth by acquisition with no defined process for integration has made Ball a corporation of individual entities. There are no common processes, which causes inefficiencies and engenders errors. Each manufacturing plant works differently. None wants to change. There is no standardization, which means there is no common ground and no basis for comparison. Power plays abound.
    Old school reigns. Technology is resisted. Attracting and retaining younger, motivated employees is a problem

    Advice to Management

    Review HR exit interviews -scuttlebutt is they are stuck in a folder and never looked at. Ask HR about the feedback they're getting - and tell them you want the truth. Ask for information from line employees. Review departmental managements' claims. Dig into the details. Look at department trends - turnover, promotions, organization (regular reorganizing, levels of management, direct report numbers). Don't believe the spin.


  5. "Ball Corp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company truely cares about the employees. Ball Corporations is also the leader in the Packaging and Containers industry and is poised for growth in the future.

    Cons

    Poor systems that cannot support the size of the business. Executive leadership that is stuck in the past and still thinks they can run a global corporation using the same old methods that they have used for 135 years. They are not progressive or systematic in their thought process.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to turn the executive leadership team over to some more progressive leaders that can lead this company into the future. Westerlund specifically is holding back the Administration and HR groups.


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