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Peabody Energy Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people to work with, company values employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Great company culture and great people to work around (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Uncertainty of the future of the coal industry and the likelihood of a decrease in the industry (in 4 reviews)

  • Benefits have been getting cut with the bankruptcy (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Working for Peabody Energy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Gillette, WY
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Gillette, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peabody Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary. Average salary in this mining town is around 80k for a reason. They pay a lot of money for little requirements.

    Cons

    Long hours, night shifts, rough on body bouncing around in equipment breathing dust. Poor morale in recent market downturn.

    Advice to Management

    Needs refocus. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanic/Welder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanic/Welder in Wright, WY
    Current Employee - Mechanic/Welder in Wright, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peabody Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It has decent wages and it is an interesting work environment. Safety is a big priority, and generally most people follow the rules.

    Cons

    Not as good to work for as they once were. Benefits have been getting cut with the bankruptcy. Communication is terrible through the levels of management. Things pertaining to hourly employees are kept really hush and rumors are rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Show some appreciation for the hourly work force that actually keep the company going.


  3. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Energy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Industry in bankruptcy and future of company is uncertain


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  5. "IT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities, good co workers, decent management team. goals and objectives clearly established, and identified. Has been in business for over 100 years, so they know what they're doing.

    Cons

    Coal is a bad word now, and that's all this company does, so they're in deep trouble, lots of turnover. Unfortunately, as in most companies, the able leave, and the incompetent are left to go down with the ship.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late now, they are on the same path the dinosaurs were on, and will end up with the same fate. They missed the opportunities they had many years ago.


  6. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Despite a really tough market and some recent layoffs, there are some talented people at Peabody. The company is going through a major transition and the people who have stayed want to be there.

    Cons

    The company is doing more with less and there is uncertainty that is hurting morale.

    Advice to Management

    More employee engagement.


  7. "underground electrician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underground Mechanic in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Underground Mechanic in Evansville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Peabody Energy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, decent insurance, family atmosphere among coworkers only unfortunately, if you are wanting to work, they will let you. As of now it's unlimited overtime to anyone, especially maintenance people.

    Cons

    Company is going down the drain, stock is down to under 4 dollars, and parts are basically non existent. Only 4 of each hydraulic fitting allowed on the working unit at a time. The company is cash poor and it's affecting everyhing, especially maintenance

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they are worth more than the coal that they are mining. You hire a man, you also hire his family. He needs to be responsible for both, not just your stupid hole in the ground and your damn bonus. No maintenance no coal!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lot of head nodding but many don't want to make decisions."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and bonus/stock.

    Cons

    Many pockets of discontent and management does not realize it. Many times middle management doesn't realize it.

    Advice to Management

    Actually spend time with the employees not just in big presentations.


  9. "Safety is pre-eminent with most leaders"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A leader in the coal industry

    Cons

    Tends to be bureaucratic and centralized decision making

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership in the corporate office should visit the mine locations and talk/meet with front line employees


  10. "Stop and go"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peabody Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of projects to add value to.

    Cons

    Not enough capital to complete or fully fund necessary projects. Severe bear market in company's only product.

    Advice to Management

    If we manage to survive, diversify. Either way, realize that waiting for competitors to fail is NOT an acceptable business strategy.


  11. "Peabody Energy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Gillette, WY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Gillette, WY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Allows for a good work environment

    Cons

    Compensation for engineers is much less than competition. Their salaries are approximately $10,000 under competition.

    Advice to Management

    Do not micro manage employees. Allow them to do their jobs.


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