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Great Place for digging coal.
Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYSeptember 13, 2016
Quality employees and management, good benefits and working conditions, rotating shifts made for time off in large chunks which made relaxation easy. Had BBQ's for lunch monthly.
Pros
Bonus program
Cons
Long drive from town
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Good high paying job
Dragline dozer operator (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYAugust 8, 2016
Good place to work, pay and benefits are above and beyond for this general area. Good management and the company adapts well for market situations.
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Good Company
Employee (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYJuly 8, 2016
Good company in a tough time. Strong safety culture. Management and peers truly care about others safety. Fiscally responsible organization that gives a lot back to the local communities in which it operates.
Pros
Strong safety culture
Cons
Inflexible in schedule and work-life-balance
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Management doesn't know what is going on in the mine itself.
Dragline dozer operator (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYJune 18, 2016
Upper management picks favorites and hires there friends and family. The environment is great and most all of the employees are very friendly and great to work around.
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not the company for everyone
Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYMay 6, 2016
My experience with CPE, was that they are all about production, and not about the staff. Whether you face a health issue, or family life issue, you need to be as focused on the production of the day to day. Which in most cases works, but when they start sending people home, without pay, due to loss of production, from vendors, it makes it rather tough to enjoy going to work. If you want to advance in the company, you need to be prepared to not have it merited on the work you provide, but rather on how much kissing up to the manager of the company you are willing to do.
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Benefits
Cons
working 16 hours a day, management, communication not there with managers
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great schedule
Haul Truck Operator (Current Employee) –  Douglas, WYApril 25, 2016
great schedule, good people, learn new things, nice people to work with. learned new things, hardest part of job is long days. (18 hr)
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Well ran coal mine
Coal Miner (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYApril 18, 2016
Very well ran coal mine with a lot of very nice and good people. Lots of jobs to learn and improve at.

Learned how to run all kinds of heavy equipment.

Hardest part of the job is working nights and the best part of the job is the great pay.
Pros
great pay and a fun job
Cons
shift work
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Truck & Shovel Engineer (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYApril 15, 2016
Great place to work. The coworkers are great. Challenging and fast paced work environment.hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Pros
great coworkers
Cons
Long days, remote locations
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Ok to work for
Tire Technician (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYApril 13, 2016
Not much room to advance. to much of the buddy system! There needs to be more training for advancement. 12 hour work shifts rotating between days and nights.
Pros
good time off
Cons
very top heavy
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Ok place to work
Manager, Site Maintenance (Current Employee) –  Decker, MTApril 11, 2016
Good people for the most part. Work long days, compensation is average at best. The CEO is a great person, same with the CFO. Enjoyed my time there.
Pros
Good experience
Cons
COO
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Great people
Haul Truck Operator (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYFebruary 8, 2016
A great environment to work in, managers truly care about employees and their aspirations. Many opportunities to grow as a professional through training and development.
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Great team
MINING ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYSeptember 28, 2015
While at Cloud Peak, I worked with a great team of people, making it enjoyable to be at work. The work was challenging and varied enough to keep it interesting, yet achievable and rewarding.
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Great place to work and great people
Plant Utility Person (Current Employee) –  Antelope, WYAugust 24, 2015
I had a great time working for Cloud Peak Energy. I would still work there if it weren't for my family relocating. I have even made some lifelong friends.
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Electrician
Electrical Maintenance Lead (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYJuly 24, 2015
Rotating work schedule was harsh on family life as well as personal health. Pay was good but the management is very much about themselves and throw you under the bus to save there skins. Mining in general is tough work but the work culture made it extremely difficult to even show up regardless of the good pay.
Pros
pay and benefits
Cons
dying industry bad management
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Safe and productive along with great benefits
Haul Truck Operator (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYApril 2, 2015
A typical day at work consisted of awareness, safety and operating for long hours. I learned how to safely operate while continuing to stay safe and provide safety to other people and my surroundings. My co-workers were hard working people who were eager to help me learn and management was always ready to have fun and provide a safe work environment. The hardest part about my job was the long hours sitting and the most enjoyable part about my job was the environment and co-workers.
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Great place to work
Hual Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYDecember 3, 2014
Starts out in a safety meeting, then go to the truck and drive for twelve hours. Must watch for a lot of hazards but all and all, it is a great company.
Pros
Pay and Benefits
Cons
Not enough OT
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Production crew.
Production equipment operator (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYOctober 3, 2014
I operated a wide variety of heavy equipment in order to maintain proper grade/elevations for open surface coal mines. I built roads, hauled coal, topsoil and overburden while maintaining all safely regulations. I prioritized a high level of communication with coworkers to ensure safety and maximized work efficiency.
Pros
Great environment, 7 days off every month is a great perk.
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OK place to work
Mechanical Reliability Technician (Current Employee) –  Gillette, WYJuly 10, 2014
The work is ok, benefits are great, the management could use some work though.
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Good place to work at start of one's career
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, COFebruary 18, 2014
A good place to work if one is looking to learn new things, but seems like your career can plateau very fast.
Pros
Great benefits, 401K, ESPP
Cons
Less breaks, stressful
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highly competant company. environmentally sustainable
Senior Environmental Engineer (Former Employee) –  Gillette, WYDecember 6, 2013
was offered a position with Rio Tinto to manage the ISO14001 environmental systems for the coal mining division in Wyoming. His responsibilities also included evaluating fuel technology options as they were presented to the company. These evaluations included: Fischer Tropsch fuels, CNG fuels, DME fuels, Methanol blends, Bio Diesel blends, GTL diesel blends, and various fuel additives. A significant effort was extended in a haul truck study which analyzed in use fuel economy and emissions. This effort
resulted in a published SAE paper which has been included in the SAE International Journals. This technical paper was judged by the SAE World Headquarters to be “among the most outstanding SAE technical papers of 2008”

On conclusion of the haul truck fuel efficiencies study, he was assigned to Rio Tinto Corporate as the Principal Advisor for Fuel Management. This role required visiting mines around the world and providing: technical training on vehicle systems and fuel consumption factors, on site evaluations of fuel quality and fueling systems, and the development of an “on board” monitoring systems for fuel management. He was charged with the responsibility of organizing and conducting global fuel seminars which include representation from Caterpillar, Komatsu and
MTU Detroit. These seminars were held in both the United States and in Australia. On his return from the global fuel assignment, he was instrumental in developing proprietary process for manufacturing coal derived synthetic crude oil, using a novel low severity process method. He retired from the mining segment
  more... after five years of productive service.  less
Pros
professional, highly regulated, strong managment
Cons
none
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