Alcoa

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Alcoa Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
206 Reviews
3.3
206 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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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.  

    Forming Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forming Tech in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Forming Tech in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Great products. Deep pocket for capital investments.

    Cons

    No real technical know. Love sending American jobs to Mexico and China. No regards for quality or on time delivery. Cut throat environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance your leadership team with knowledgeable experience people. Not just MBA's that don't have the respect of the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Less than enjoyable start to a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Alcoa is killing people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    good paid fair benefits all about safety

    Cons

    overworked, not enough hours in the day, got to wear 10 different hats, worried about p&l

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about the people on front line who are doing the hard labor to makr this company a sucess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Way too many hours - way too few people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, good fellow workers.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young help that the experienced boomers can train before it's too late in 2-3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a disappointing experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Whitehall, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Whitehall, MI

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

    Pros

    The industry is very interesting. Benefits are average to above average. Place a very high importance on safety.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't good. You should be ready to give up lots of personal time without being compensated if you plan on working here. They need to increase staffing levels in many of the salaried positions but can't/won't.

    They'll ask you to do many different cost savings tasks, many of which are outside the realm of your discipline, not implement your ideas, then penalize you when it comes to performance reviews and bonuses because not enough money was saved. So not only have you wasted much of your time (which you could have devoted to the projects which inevitably get behind on unless you work extremely long hours) but you're ultimately punished for it.

    Salary increases were consistently delayed and minimal during my time there. Not much mobility within the company as far as I can tell - mostly lateral moves or moves with more responsibility but no added benefit beyond the title. They are "doing you a favor" by "promoting" you (even though they won't call it a "promotion.")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback that you require your employees to give. Reward your hard working employees and quit settling for the mediocre performance that most of your salaried employees bring. Treat your salaried employees as well as the union hourly employees get treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Give up your personal life when checking in!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay you as planned. Good Benefits. Some really nice people work here and they get the treated poorly.

    Cons

    Communication. Everyone has a different Mission. Everyone has a different professional desire which takes precedence over the various misaligned business decisions. Everything is last minute and they play favorites and they do not care who see's it and what's said about it. They are laying off now because the company fell off the Dow sometime last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look inside before you start cutting the little people doing all the work which is impossible to keep up with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible Internship

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

    I worked at Alcoa as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Met leaders in different areas of facility
    Visited manufacturing companies within the community
    Employees open to lending advice to interns

    Cons

    Little to no direction during internship
    Assigned tasks or project duties of little importance
    Barely interacted with supervisor because of scheduling conflicts
    No team project with other interns
    Lack of innovation and forward-thinking overall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to be innovative and attract young, motivated employees and retain them. Use traditions as a guideline rather than the only option

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a badly aging factory in a dying Midwestern industrial backwater of a town, peopled by unskilled geriatrics.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in LaPorte, IN
    Former Employee - Programmer in LaPorte, IN

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

    Pros

    Actually, the pay was fairly high, considering the area, and the skills and education of the people doing much of the work - too high, actually, in many cases.

    Cons

    Most of the people there were nearing sixty, and had never worked at another job in their lives. They graduated high school and came to work there. They were xenophobic, jealous of their legacy knowledge, unhelpful, unschooled, and not terribly interested in making their process or their product any better. The middle management was recruited from those who were good at doing the manual labor, and there appeared to be no other requisite for those positions. Promotion from within does not work if those promoted are not qualified. The entire culture of this facility was a holdover from the 1950s; xenophobia, paranoia, fear and distrust of anything new (especially technology). Employees commonly sabotaged one another's work in hopes of coming to favor with their supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Do it today. I can't actually specify my job because there were so few people doing it that it would be easy to narrow my identity to one of just a couple people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awful place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    I have had my share of overtime in a previous job and there was not much overtime here. Mostly volunteer

    Cons

    Mass confusion there, they are trying to do timing on your work and rush you and meanwhile spouting off how much quality is the most important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the timers!

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