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Ball Corporation Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  • rotating shifts and mandatory overtime and working up to 16 hour days (in 4 reviews)

  • long hours rotatating shifts lots of clicks among (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Very Old Fashioned Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - Benefits (once you become eligible for pension)

    Cons

    - Not open to change or new ideas. Management acknowledges this and does nothing
    - Promotions are questionable, movement up because they like you or you have been with the company for a long time, instead of skills and experience
    - People who have been with the company for a long time and wants things how it was long ago
    - Silos, no team work with other departments, so bad communication, lots of work to fix something simple, wasted time and effort, complaints of being busy
    - HR manager for packaging, needs to improve her people skills since she is suppose to work with people
    - Management don't follow their own policies and make exceptions
    - They say work life balance but really there is none

    Advice to Management

    - Move on, the company is no longer a small family company
    - Micro managers, trust the people working for you and that they bring new ideas, don't try to make someone exactly like you
    - Really reassess the people in management roles because some of them really should not be doing what they were promoted to

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was very hot, intense, over demanding work pace."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ball Corporation as a contractor

    Pros

    The pay rate is higher than other, comparable low skill jobs.

    Cons

    The work pace is unreasonable and training is inadequate.

    Advice to Management

    You need to rethink your lid packaging operation. There are too many manual operations involved.


  4. "Good People, Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weirton, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weirton, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was decent for market area. Good people to work with. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management in plant. Corporate and lower management didn't work well together. Turnover on management employees was ridiculous. Instead of fixing problems with the system, they fired or moved the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get a system that works and train employees better. Get better production systems. Would bother managers at all times of the day when problems arise, which was often. Need to develop a better work/life balance issue for people and care about their employees more.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Overworked, high stressed, and overall horrible place to work."

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    Former Employee - Maintainer in Monticello, IN
    Former Employee - Maintainer in Monticello, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was excellent. The people who worked there were good people. Decent benefits. That's all I can say good about the job.

    Cons

    Management was very indecisive, and did not know what they were doing. The work environment is very hot, and high stress. Terrible training and leadership. Too many cliques, they promote people without knowledge or ability. All in all a money trap, make too much money to do the sane thing, and walk away.

    Advice to Management

    Do everyone a favor, and try to do the job you ask of your associate for a month. Then maybe you would understand.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't work here if I were you"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ball Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. That is all.

    Cons

    Ball Corp does not care about the individual. Money is bottom line. Horrible managers, horrible hours...do not recommend working here. Worked here over 11 yrs, only got worse, never better.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees on the floor....most actually know what they are talking about. Hire people!!!!! Workers here are SO burned out! TRAIN people!!! Safety # 1 is a complete joke. People are running machines without any training. Too many negatives to mention all of them.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Went from GREAT place to work, to dragging myself out of bed"

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    Former Employee - Production Worker in Fairfield, CA
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Fairfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ball Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people there are great. Easy to get along with of course you'll have a couple of knuckle heads that just don't get it (the lazy ones). Team oriented group that likes to achieve goals in a fast pace environment with safety awareness in everyone's mind. Salary is great, one of the best paying jobs I've ever had.

    Cons

    Management is dreadful. Over the years the trust between management and hourly employees continues to grow to the point of no return. What once was a good/decent manager group to where you can go and have a private conversation is now no where to be found. If you have some concerns or something to say about where the plant is going, they don't want to hear it. It's their way or the highway. Each year new employees are hired that have relationships (family/friends) with management and are promoted to Lead or Management positions in less than 2-3yrs with little to no experience in their respective department. They have turned their cheeks to the men and women who sacrifice countless hours making the Fairfield Ball Plant one of the best for Ball Corporation. The people there care about their jobs and when those speak the truth about managements decisions, you end up getting a "target on your back" and on your way out within a years time. Training has gotten worse over the years due to them cutting back on employees, your lucky to be trained the right way. Benefits should be better then what they provide, Retail Stores have better options.

    Advice to Management

    Stop only caring about yourselves. We know that this Fairfield plant is your stepping stone to relocate elsewhere. Show your employees respect and don't under mind them or intimidate those that can be intimidated. The reason morale is so low is because Management has shown that their way is the only way and no one can stand against them because if they do, they'll be hanging out at the unemployment line.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "I had enough"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Very Noisy, managers don't own up to their mistakes, they want you to work extra 12 hour days almost every week


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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