Alcoa Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Solid work environment but not completely satisfying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great people on the teams - smart and engaging

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities, not alot of career movement

  2. I am currently a Co-op Intern.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Experience, great at working with school schedules, a lot of different engineering fields in one. Good at working with a persons strengths as well as weaknesses.

    Cons

    A lot of grunt work. some work has nothing to do with engineering. seems like alcoa sees people as more of a number than actually people.

    Advice to Management

    a lot of negative attitudes. higher pay for interns.

  3. First 10 years great, past two not so great. upper management comes in, stays for a while and then moves on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    great benefits and mostly great people to work with. work life is a hard balance because of the demands and lack of time to get everything done

    Cons

    large company, more for less, what can we consolidate so that we can cut GASE and increase ATOI. Great but not good enough, never good enough

    Advice to Management

    cannot save yourself to success. not everything is black and white, there is a lot of grey in life and in buisness

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  5. Hard worker, ready to work daily

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good place to work and people you work with are friendly

    Cons

    not enough overtime, the wages are low comparable to other similar companies

  6. Helpful (1)

    OK, but could be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are good here. They work hard and believe in their product.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. Stressful environment. Too much checking the box instead of value-added work.

    Advice to Management

    Take some levels out and add resources closest to the process.

  7. Helpful (1)

    ALCOA is a good company with long term employment opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Mill Operator
    Former Employee - Mill Operator

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    The benefits negotiated by the union set the pace for all employees of the company. Therefor employment at ALCOA was very good for me

    Cons

    The management staff were not professional. This company tends to promote form within. They do not, however, train them on how to manage or the need for diversity in the workplace. Thus, minority employment can be very difficult to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Try to train first level managers and supervisors.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Lots of overtime

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay/compensation and high demand for current products.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Antiquated management, lack of support from upper management and little formalized training or on-boarding. High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to get supervisors time off on the weekend. Give incoming supervisors the tools they need to do the job. Decrease turnover rate.

  9. Great experience, a lot of to learn. Team members that I have been working with are very cleaver and amazing people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alcoa's policy is to help employees to reach their maximum potential. Working in there you have the opportunity to gain new knowledge, expand your network, work with great people and chance to improve. I

    Cons

    Too long working hours, not really chance to customize your work, not really generous in terms of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between higher level management and team members.

  10. A quiet work environment

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    Former Contractor - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa as a contractor (more than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office environment was very quiet, which I realize isn't for everyone, but it was good for me. The people I worked with were helpful and good to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing glaring for me. Would have preferred to become a full-time employee instead of a temp, but that didn't happen.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to support your Family

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady Pay, Good Benefits, Good Co-Workers

    Cons

    Management is "Top Down" , too many Bosses, not enough workers

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