Miner operator, shuttle car operator,and laborer (Former Employee) – Brookwood, AL – February 1, 2016
A typical day at my job was interesting,because the conditions changed everyday. You never knew what you were going to run into on the job site.We would go down there and run as much coal as possible in a 10 hour shift.
Some things I learned while working this job are, no matter how long you work here you can always learn something new. I also learned how to operate a lot of heavy equipment in tight places.
In my opinion management did a good job. If there was a problem you could go to them, and they would try to fix the problem in a timely manner.
My co-workers were like family. You would work with the same 10 people every day. We worked 10 hour shifts so you got to know the crew really well. This helped with production, because everybody knew what each other was capable of doing.
The hardest part of my job was hanging miner cable above your head in hooks.
The most enjoyable part of my job was being with my crew. It was also nice to break records on cutting the most coal.
Uni-Trac, Operator (Former Employee) – Brookwood, AL – January 17, 2016
Fast paced physically active responsibilities. Learned many different aspects of underground mining processes, safety, and procedures. Relatively stable management provided consistancy and cohesion. Co-workers focused on common goal: safety as this was a "high-risk" work environment. Hardest part of the job in most recent months instability and lack of security due to changes in coal market and company bankruptcy. Truely enjoyed the last ten years underground.
Assistant Manager Export Operations (Current Employee) – Mobile, AL – January 6, 2016
While employed at Walter Energy, my typical day included tracking and receive coal. Maintaining accurate inventory information and working with the Alabama State docks in placing coal in specific locations. Loading the specific coal onto vessel destined for various locations through the world. Insured the correct amount and insured the correct type of coal was loaded.
Certified M.S.H.A. Electrician (Current Employee) – Brookwood, AL – December 30, 2015
it's a good place to work if you don't want to see your friends and family but you will have all the money you want. they do have a very good training program if you want to become an electrician for underground.
Longwall Mechanic/ Electrician (Former Employee) – Brookwood, AL – December 8, 2015
Being in a Coal Mine and being an Electrician there is no ordinary days. There were always a number of problems from hydraulic to electrical with shield functions and programs as well as gas instruments and shearer problems. Problems were addressed in order from the most important all the way down to a hydraulic bypass. It was pretty much troubleshooting all day long and the changing of frequent blown hydraulic hoses. Its hard to describe a normal day cause there really isn't one. Everyday was different cause you never knew what you were going to be working on or troubleshooting but its also what made the job enjoyable to because no two days back to back were the same and I have always enjoyed troubleshooting and fixing problems.
First Class Welder/ Electrician (Current Employee) – Brookwood, AL – November 5, 2015
It's a good paying industrial job with excellent health insurance. The dental insurance was horrible. The company is going through hard times, as a result I was laid off with 265 other people. I was employed at Walter Energy for almost 6 years.
been good while i was here times are tough, this company may not make it
Longwall Production Coordinator (Current Employee) – alabama – September 18, 2015
days start with a safety meeting, and then we swap out crews. Based on what is going on we start running coal or we follow up on and piece of equipment that maybe down needing repair. at this time our company has filed chapter 11in which has put all of on the edge on whether or not our jobs are secure. the coal business is not doing well so the employees of the companies will be the ones paying the price for there mistakes.
Multicraft/Maintenance (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – September 17, 2015
Performed preventive and corrective maintenance on all machinery including hydraulic cylinders and pumps surrounding and within the coke ovens. Very safe work environment, unfortunately, they are currently in Banktruptcy.
Long Wall Production Foreman (Current Employee) – Brookwood, AL – August 18, 2015
It is a overall good place to work, that supplies good benefits, and is a company that is making hard choices to changing market conditions. This company is limited only in its ability to change, and moving the work force into a more productive position.
Coal Miner (Former Employee) – Brookwood, AL – August 2, 2015
Walter Energy is a good company , just very dangerous . 2000 FT below the ground but thats why safty was very important . The pay was good at $30 an hour and all the over time you wanted . I liked the people who worked there because everybody worked together . the only bad is they laid 300 people off .. Im ready for a change , a new chapter for my daughter and i .
OPERATIONS ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Brookwood, AL – July 22, 2015
I work as an Operational Engineer in the company, in which you are sent through rotations throughout all departments to gain an overall sense of the operations before being placed in a supervisor roll. I have spent time as both a supervisor and in a continuous improvement role.
This has allowed me to gain an overall sense of the operations and identify areas for improvement, and then work toward that improvement by implementing new processes.
I really have enjoyed the continuous improvement part of this rotation, because of the planning aspect. It has been enjoyable to put and plan together and watch it succeed. My manager has been an excellent mentor in guiding me through this process.
However, the coal market is declining and is making for a stressful work environment. It has been refreshing to see people attempt to remain positive through troubling times, but the industry will have to adjust for the changes in the market.
Underground Production Foreman Trainee (Current Employee) – Adger, AL – July 3, 2015
Many quality employees leave for something better. Those who are good only stay because they have ties to the location. The company is facing bankruptcy and has been mismanaged for too long. I do not expect Walter Energy to be around more than another year.