Ball Corporation Reviews

Updated 2 September 2014
Updated 2 September 2014
31 Reviews
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    Pressman/Coater Operator

    Former Employee - Pressman/Coater Operator  in  Elgin, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Pressman/Coater Operator in Elgin, IL (US)

    I worked at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good wages,good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management did not know anything about printing that's why they closed the plant!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management that knows whats going on!!!!!!!!

  2.  

    Company used to be much better under old management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and head office benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management at both head office and at the plants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very Generous Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ball offers a very generous compensation and benefits package. The company provides ample development opportunities for those who are willing to put in the work. Ball is very generous in its charitable giving in the communities where it operates. The company has been around a long time and is built on a history of success. There is very low turnover at the company which speaks highly of the culture.

    Cons

    A large company where underperformers can get lost. It's low turnover can also be seen as a negative in that ideas and policies remain a bit stagnant over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    One of the best companies in the USA

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    Current Employee - Industrial Electrician  in  North Tampa Heights, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Industrial Electrician in North Tampa Heights, FL (US)

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good wages. Heavy emphasis on Safety. Production work is four days on four days off, 12 hours a day 6 to 6. Ball has many operations all over the world, to include Aerospace.

    Cons

    High noise level. Monthly rotating shifts from days to nights. Very hot on the production floor. It IS Florida! This information applies to the Tampa plant only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep turnover to a minimum.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    a great co-op experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ball Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working here. There was a lot of work and business travel for an engineering co-op, a lot more than I expected I would do. I liked the engineer I reported to because he would explain what he wanted done and then let me go work on it until it needed approval or until I had a question. Also, the general atmosphere was great and everyone was very nice.

    Cons

    There really were no cons because it was a great experience for an engineer still in school and allowed me to learn a lot.

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    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO (US)

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for, like the direction we are heading

    Cons

    Sometimes seemed like we did not want to make changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the same track we are on, love the communcation we are now seeing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Purchaser and closer of productive and profitable beverage can plants

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    Former Employee - Production Associate
    Former Employee - Production Associate

    I worked at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent Wages and Benefits/Pension (all thanks to Collective Bargaining Agreement in place at time plant was purchased)

    Cons

    Plant purchased in 2009 by Ball Corporation. Senior management came in with the promise of a long career for us all, very impressed with our facility in every way, they even stated that they "wanted our children and grand-children to work there"...all untrue! No real investment in the plant, no real exchange of personnel from other Ball facilities to help integrate culture. They cutback on scheduled maintenance almost immediately and laid off 48 people at end of 2011, than they announced the following year that our facility would be closing permanently at the end of 2012. They are a union-busting company, they're subtle about it, they do it quietly and legally as the previous four beverage can plants that they closed (counting us) were unionized. Dispersed our volume to other facilities. Utililize inexperienced workers from temporary services. If they buy your plant be very wary especially if unionized and update your resume, start looking for a new job and saving your money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop closing can plants and contributing to the loss of family-supportive middle-class jobs in this economy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great COOP experience

    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Horsham, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Horsham, PA (US)

    I have been working at Ball Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Got to learn a lot about the engineering side of the company
    Got to learn a lot about management

    Cons

    The experience gotten out of the COOP is relative to how much you want to learn. This means if you try hard you will get a lot of good experience, if not you will end up not learning much and wasting your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company going in the wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pays a reasonable working wage

    Cons

    The "corporate culture" has changed and not for the better. Ball used to genuinely care about its employees. Now it only seems concerned with keeping investors happy. Almost all, if not all, union plants have closed, while large amounts of money funneled into operations/startups in foreign countries.
    Mandatory overtime, frequent use of temp employees with no experience, then management complaining when production numbers are down.
    Disturbing pattern of finding nit-picky reasons to let go of experienced employees only to replace them with outsiders (friends of management) or piling more work on existing employees. Bidding on internal openings is a joke. Policies tend to favor the slackers over the people who actually show up to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how the company was run a decade ago and aim for a similar module.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but there's concern about its direction.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Broomfield, CO (US)
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Broomfield, CO (US)

    I have been working at Ball Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has decent benefits and fair salaries including a pension plan. Most management is great to work for. Pleasant work environment with lots of great people. Generally nice facilities. Many staffers love the company and treat it like their own. If you're under 50, it can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Employee loyalty and length of service is not rewarded. New breed of executives are mostly concerned about themselves and not the company. Major effort underway to get rid of longterm employees over 50. Middle managers are often stressed out and worried about their jobs. Decisions are often made for CYA purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CIO. He's a horrific manager who is egotistical, derisive, and blind to researched facts & opinions that don't coincide with his agenda. Many staffers and plant personnel would do anything for this company, but no longer believe management feels the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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