Transportation (Current Employee) – Mcarthur ohio – 10 April 2017
This company use to be something, it's has gotten worse, they don't care for ur employees you are just a number, always wanting more and more, never say good job or thank you. Truck driver wise we are all under payed for what we haul, we are all underpaid for what we work with, the favoritism is very old, rules do not apply to people who are in the MASONS. it's not fair to fellow employees. New management would make this place a lot better!!
Driver (Current Employee) – McArthur, OH – 9 April 2017
As a driver your just a truck number leave Sunday get back Friday night late 10 or 11pm sometimes Saturday but most of the time the dispatcher will give you a trip Thursday that will get you back by 11pm Friday so they can send you back out Sunday they play favorites a lot. It's really nice getting back to the plant 8am Friday thinking your going home but they hand you another trip so you get to spend all your Friday driving a hazmat vehicle while your angry about not being able to go home.
Its a job
No time at home. Treated poorly. Bad pay for what your hauling
Transport Driver (Current Employee) – McArthur, OH – 15 February 2017
They are a great company to work for but the time away from home is a negative. They have up to date equipment and it is well maintained. They also keep their drivers well compensated for their down time.
Laborer/Driver (Former Employee) – Asheville, NC – 20 December 2016
Austin powder is alot of early mornings and late afternoons. Alot of changes after you've already gone home for the day. For someone looking for a job with good overtime Austin Powder might be for you. But for someone with a young family it wasn't for me.
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) – Martin, KY – 15 September 2016
A typical day at work consisted of me going to the the job and working on trucks and drills. The management overall was great, co-workers was very easy to get along with. The hardest part about the job was probably going from day to night throughout the week, and the most enjoyable part about the job was staying busy.
Worked with the company for 15 years. Didn't have any problems with any of my co-workers. Management was very helpful with job placement and meeting any needs of their employees. Was able to learn many things about the use of explosives, drilling patterns and operating different types of drills. Glad I got to work for the company.
SHOT CREW Member / HAULER (Former Employee) – WV – 13 May 2016
Lets start by saying the get you to take the job for less money than what you wanted and then they work you and work you. Hire others and pay them more money They seem to hire hot heads then after you been there just shy of your 2 years they fire you and take your 401 so beware of them They write you up for going over your hours They Blame you for what others have done They treat you like dirt And the reason you drive so early is to avoid the truck scales you will never be anything to this Company I gave them everything I had every days work while other got to pick and choose what truck there were taking and which Quarry they were not going to its like a daycare center with kids and the younger hires get there way If you tell the company you want to be a blaster they will keep you You will not become a blaster unless you do it on your own I when I was hired the people that was there left after 6 months days are 12-16 hours when they have work they lost some very big Quarry's they have people's net on the trucks so you are always speeding so the say
PC Technician (Former Employee) – Beechwood, OH – 22 July 2015
Fast passed, very organized environment. I worked with the company as a Temp Migrating and deploying laptops to the field agents that the company had assigned over the U.S. The staff was great my manager was the best I have ever had and would love to work for him again.
My experience with these 2 companies was very educational. They taught me a lot about life and life lessons.
Truck Driver Class A (Former Employee) – Mount Hope, WV – 16 July 2015
I would come in around 6 am, and call my boss and find out where to haul at for that day, once I figured out where I was going I would get my paperwork ready, then go out and do a through pre-trip inspection and then get loaded, then head off to the customer. Once on the job I would get set up and begin to unload my trailer, then get the mine supervisor to sign my paperwork stating that I made the delivery.
Poor accountability of specialized personnel such as, Engineers, Managers, and Safety.employees.
Engineer (Current Employee) – McArthur, OH – 26 June 2015
Working for Austin as an Engineer has been a very difficult experience. Austin Powder, does not see the benefits of any type program that would increase efficiency or cut waste. They continue to run their manufacturing business in way that is current with the 1950s. As Austin continues to move toward a more volatile coal and mining industry, their inability to make strides to update facilities and the constant overspending on new ones will inevitably be their downfall.
My suggestion is to avoid working for Austin Powder as they do not pay any salary personnel at market value, offer no raises (unless the "business is doing well", and in that case could be 1 year or 5 years before you see a raise), and bonuses have no incentive to increase production and profits.
Austin Powder does allow plenty of time to work at your own pace and spend time with family. As there is no accountability or incentive to do better.
Lots of time to work at your own pace and good work / life balance
No incentives for growth, no clear direction on advancement within the company, and pay for specialized personnel is well below market value.
DRIVER/ laborer (Former Employee) – wv – 28 May 2015
Stay away job sucks pay is way below what it should be You have to Have A CDL B license with Hazmats to do this job . Workers will watch you work your butt off and get away with it need new supervisor that can actually drive the trucks to know what your talking about This is a dead end job early mornings before 5am and sometimes you run out of hours then you get written up for your boss fault stable income not sure it worth the time
nothing good to say
no lunch, no breaks, driving long hours, rain, cold, heat, snow, and NO RAISES
Driver (Former Employee) – Columbus, IN – 2 May 2015
I really loved this job. It was extremely hard work, but gratifying at the result. The people I worked with were down to earth and humble. Honest days work for honest days pay. Management was very supportive.
Lead Blast Foreman (Former Employee) – Mt. Hope, WV – 23 March 2014
Get up at 4 am give them all you got. Turn your head and break the law when hey buh and you uns ask you to. Then when you stand up for yourself you get relocated 2 hours from your house. Some good management not many you'll know the click when or if you go to work there. Newer employs usually make same or more than veteran employs. Depending on who you know not what you know if you move up.
Money as a Blaster
Don't mind to break law, Drive non DOT truck on highway, Haul wet bags in back of pick up on highways, etc..