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Alcoa Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
206 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great lifestyle - one of the few corporates that truly value work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive") (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management talks a good talk, but regularly policies don't reconcile with the values they claim to promote (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Current, but looking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Provides decent pay & benefits for union members. Not much more than that, although threats of shutting down plants keep their status of a great corporate environment out their for the investors.

    Cons

    Get everything in writing. Management has no problem lying, playing games, making promises, & then using their performance management tools to destroy you if you complain. Nowhere near the company it used to be. Benefits look great until you try to use them. I would never encourage anyone to take a salary position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although you preach integrity, look up the word. Stand by your word, do what's right, quit screwing over good employees to take care of buddies.

  2.  

    All about profits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NDT in Wichita Falls, TX
    Former Employee - NDT in Wichita Falls, TX

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Really poor work/life balance, pressure to put profits over quality, poor safety on the shop floor, managers don't listen to the people performing the actual jobs, bullying by management, loss of holiday/vacation time, not enough sick time to compensate for being overworked (and therefore, getting sick more often), management lies a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't have to bully to get people to do their jobs correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor of Alcoa

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free Gatorade and sometimes free food

    Cons

    If u do not match up to your team leader exsperience you are going to be good enough and 12 hr shifts suck , favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be far to employees and contractors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work seven days a week with only one weekend off a month

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros: Alcoa is a long standing leader in it's field with potentially global positions for salaried workers. Hourly is stuck at location.

    Alcoa is good at training new people for different positions and job tasks.

    The pay is good, not great or exceptional, but good.

    Cons

    Cons: Work schedule is horrible. Be prepared to surrender your life and soul. Work seven days straight and then they'll give you Tuesday and Wednesday off as your "weekend". Then wor another seven days straight. You can and will be forced to work 16 hour days. You will only get twelve real weekends off each year.

    They treat their lower management like slaves. They are encouraged to work twelve hour days and weekends, fired when they don't for "not having enough Alcoa spirit". Or just fired for nothing. I saw one guy fired for caring too much about an injured worker. Upper management dog-beats the frontline supervisors and that permeating despair rubs off on the hourly workers. You can't trust a company that eats it's own.

    Alcoa does not keep to it's promises. Company profits were up 30%, performance pay bonuses for the workers who broke production records dropped from 8% to 0.16%. Not encouraging at all.

    The tuition reimbursement they sell young people on? It's only available to ONLY the currently enlisted (no new people can be added to the program) and the budget is always "unknown". You will never get tuition money from Alcoa, they use it as a recruitment tactic, a bait, but it doesn't actually exist.

    Everyone is tired. I haven't seen my family in a long time. Vacation time is tiny. You'll be here for at least three years before you get two weeks off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can I have my weekends back? As a human decency thing that would be nice. You're causing massive burn out and killing the morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away!! very toxic, very demanding, intimidating, hostile, stressful, want to learn bad habits this is the place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fullerton, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of good programs with good intentions but terrible execution. The company likes to shoot themselves in the head due to capricious and illogical requirements.

    Cons

    Management lives in a bubble, reactive, no planning, no support, it is like working with hands tied to your back and wearing blindfolds. No support for line managers and if you say right management will say left and blame you. You survive by finding scapegoats and shifting blame on others. You are always in a constant state of fear so nobody is willing to co-operate or share information.

    Management style is to threaten employees by finding fault, not by looking for solutions or working co-operatively. Constantly understaffed to control costs and expected to meet unrealistic goals with the consequence of being blamed if goals not met and quick to write employees for lack of performance. No regard for talent, abilities or work knowledge. No growth opportunity. It is amazing how a Fortune 500 company with so much talent can operate a plant like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and stop lying to yourselves. You are killing talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good salary is a plus

    Cons

    micro management and not adaptive to the changing business world

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worst IT Job in New Kensington, PA
    Former Employee - Worst IT Job in New Kensington, PA

    I worked at Alcoa as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It used to be Fortune 100 company with 125 years history.
    Cant call it Pros

    Cons

    I have experienced harassment and discrimination in this company.
    The company does not give respect to experience or recognition to hard work.
    Even the management who have worked there for decades do a dont know game, and are busy doing the 90% politics and 10% work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a top heavy organization. Bring, groom and respect people who work and build careers not slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lumbering Giant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong market position, deep pocket, and good lean manufacturing systems.

    Cons

    Poor customer focus, misguided factory leadership, and inexperienced leader at the top. Under values on knowledge and experience. Has a proven track record for repeating bad business practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your experience work force to help improve your processes. Stop catering to your weak factory leadership and get back to being a manufacturing facility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    So happy I left

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, some great hourly employees that really care.

    Cons

    Many management employees do absolutely nothing and still keep their jobs. Long term employees are like dinosaurs, they refuse to give up their ways and accept change.
    There is no teamwork or compromise, even though they preach it every day.
    When you try to discuss it with your supervisor you get the run around and are told to "be patient it will get better." I doesn't and it never will.

    One of the biggest problems is managements failure to recognize and reward hourly employees that go above and beyond. They are experts at taking exceptional employees and turning them into disgruntled mediocre workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    So Happy I Left!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are open to itt -- and part of the favored "in-crowd", there are numerous opportunities throughout the US and abroad. Some groups have

    Cons

    Long hours, emotionally abusive environment, the harder you work the more work is piled on top of you -- particularly frustrating when other co-workers get to slide by without pulling their weight. I was completely miserable working there, but did not realize how bad it was until I left and joined a normal company with supportive & encouraging management. So much work is done to satisfy ridiculous and overly-convoluted internal procedures & policies - maddening and insane, especially when wise co-workers flee the sinking ship and the remaining suckers are left with even more work to do, because open positions are never filled (as it might detract from the lucrative incentive compensation paid to upper level managers and executives!) Disappointing favoritism, crazy politics....it's just not a nice place to be. So happy I left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management. Everything needs to be fixed. Rude, unethical conceited management hired people exactly like themselves and now the entire company is infested...Alcoa was a much better place to be just a short 5 years ago. Sad I was there to see the demise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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