Ball Corporation Reviews

Updated 31 July, 2014
Updated 31 July, 2014
29 Reviews

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    Good People, Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Weirton, WV (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weirton, WV (US)

    I worked at Ball Corporation full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Old Fashioned Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO (US)

    I worked at Ball Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ball Corp

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ball Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO (US)

    I have been working at Ball Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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