Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
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Pros
  • Great lifestyle - one of the few corporates that truly value work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Steady Pay, Good Benefits, Good Co-Workers (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • So work life balance is little tough (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. Awful communication

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The non-executive people where great to work with.

    Cons

    The executives at this company where awful to work for. Felt like a glorified high school. Once you got to executive status they did not look out for non-executives. Communication was the worst I've ever seen at any company. Non-executives were being constantly laid off and there was no such thing as a work/life balanced. Absolutely no energy and felt like working at a morgue. No one knows (nor seems to care) about what people sitting right next to you do.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, communication, communication. Look out for the people that help make the company, not just the executive teams.


  2. BCS NA will suck the life out of you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, etc. Some really good people at our location. Coworkers that pour their lives into their work.

    Cons

    Top management doesn't realize how hard we really work to attempt to meet outrageous goals. EHS now has delegated out all of his asats to random people that have no idea what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Theus Rowell needs to understand that his management style is not sustainable.


  3. Quality

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

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Corporate style. Organized process. Clean facility.

    Cons

    Upper manager only care about numbers HQ request to meet customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Customer satisfaction should be as important as everything else.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Alcoa Technical Center

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

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus setting, very nice people, exciting projects, focused on new products and innovation, good work life balance

    Cons

    Very expensive health insurance plans, overall poor benefit plan, way too political, personality can get you further than technical capability (which is sad), needs stronger technical leadership on projects, ineffective performance management program which doesn't reward sufficiently for technical/scientific talent and contributions, this place has mastered the art of "manufacturizing" research (which has totally killed all the fun that research can be)

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on developing, utilizing, and recognizing the technical talent within this site. Having a PhD and working at a research center should mean something, but here it absolutely doesn't matter. They don't value technical talent, and eventually this will come back to haunt you if it isn't changed


  6. Senior Project Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, laid back Many high-level intelligent people

    Cons

    360 feedback with accompanying politics and backstabbing Too much management-1 in 5 Layoffs Few processes or procedures

    Advice to Management

    Flatten out management pyramid Combine director positions Incorporate processes and procedures


  7. Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and strong aerospace fastener history

    Cons

    Leadership integrity. Site managers lack of operational knowledge and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your values and your managers accountable for their actions and behavior.


  8. Helpful (3)

    This was a terrible place to intern.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - EHS Intern in Alcoa, TN
    Former Intern - EHS Intern in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at Alcoa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The salary was good. Also, Alcoa paid for living and relocation expenses. There weer really no other pros.

    Cons

    Alcoa was shady. Corporate told me they wanted to hire me for a full time job at the end of my internship and then would not even respond to my emails after. The specific location I was at had me doing data entry work for about 90% of the time and real work for about 10% of my time. They put my work station at a table isolated behind some file cabinets. I would go days without contact with other employees. I felt like an overpaid data-input monkey.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire interns unless you actually have work for them to do. Also, be open and upfront with them about a futre at the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Unrealistic Expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Health Care Provide resources and tools necessary to do your job Good compensation T-shirts and awards

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations on those that do the majority of the work. Upper management kept building more layers and pushing more work onto those below. Impossible to complete tasks in a timely manner. Every day was a new impossible task of the day to just be forgotten about the next day when something else was more important. Expectation of salary work force to come in on Saturdays for inventory counts. Expectation for salary work force to come in off shift to do safety walk through and have it not count as part of your 8 hour day. Expectation to complete a 15 page document for safety on every task.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not a company to feel a future with. I hope to see the business go overseas someday!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, training and work conditions. The yearly bonus plan was exceptional!

    Cons

    I felt like I had to have eyes behind my head. I was put on a three month probation where I was given tasks I was never challenged on before and only the sr. staff performed these tasks. During this time, I was not allowed to talk to my piers or ask questions for help. I was set up for failure. Instead of just laying me off, they wanted to fire me for a "cost savings" after 8 years of service. The suppliers were treated terribly and paid in 90 day batch payments. It was a joke to help them out because management would punish the employee for helping supplier obtain payment. The quarterly review program was a way of weeding out employees, even though they were doing a good job. I was told that I received below average rating is because somebody had to get it and they picked me - two times to put me in layoff status. I did not have the college degree as others, was older, had heart operation and not sr. opportunities to prove myself. The name of the game "King of the Mountain". Management was very rude and cold. I could not trust them.

    Advice to Management

    I think people need to be appreciated and remembered by the credentials as to why Alcoa hired them on.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Less than enjoyable start to a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Large international company - many locations and business units, strong history and brand, some exposure to executives in corporate roles, opportunities are available (if willing to take only opportunities that benefit the company), opportunities to learn if you choose to take it upon yourself, many contacts available across company

    Cons

    Very political, extremely bureaucratic and close door-ed, will block employee movement within company if BU or plant desires to keep employee in current role, zero talent development, little regard for growth opportunity desires of employees, managers regularly put employees down if bad performance occurs, awful work life balance, extreme expectations on performance causing a stressful work environment, very little recognition of good performance, regularly ask employees to shoulder more responsibilities without compensation if company restructures office or decides not to back-fill a vacant position, management always adds more to plate of employees without taking anything away

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Work-life balance is a must for engaged employees. There is only so much time in a day. A few hour turn-around is not reasonable on some requests. Do not expect employees to work late evenings and weekends just because you feel like asking them to get so much done. Talk to employees about what works and what doesn't. Listen when concerns are brought up. Acknowledge the successes of your teams and the Spend WAY WAY WAY more time developing talent. Allow locations to submit realistic forecast expectations and do not topside and punish employees when can't make unreasonable forecast.



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