Alcoa Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
181 Reviews
3.1
181 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
97 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common (in 10 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits, World class Fortune 500 Company, but many complaints (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 10 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.  

    Could have been a great place to work but it wasn't.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Branford, CT

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits at Alcoa were great. I had 401k and great medical insurance. I also received a sign on bonus.

    Cons

    Management was a terror to deal with. They were all very long time employees and not interested in any employee satisfaction. Training was almost mom existent. Human resources was a disaster. It was so confidential that I was pulled into a meeting the next day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was in it all for themselves. Zero regard for employee concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed, top management disconnected with facilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great safety structure and actions, good pay, lots of latitude, stable employment in most locations. Great technology leader.

    Cons

    Forced ranking, vertical integration needs re-vamp, disconnected policies. Too much micro management. Goals are non realistic in some cases, way beyond stretch. Some areas of discipline get no oversight, while others are over managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove forced ranking, optimize at locations, not all facilities make aluminum, recognize this....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Friendship based success

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very safety conscious. Stable company.

    Cons

    Alcoa does not provide a stable training environment for its employees. You have to learn on the fly. Success is not often based on how well your performance is..This will only guarantee you, your current position but success is measured on who you know and how well you are liked. Also pay is not equal to your workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the hardworking employees and promote based on performance. Set realistic expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good assignments, mentors were helpful and he's meaningful projects. Interaction with management was frequent. Provided very very very good safety training that kept us safe during the day

    Cons

    None I don't have any cons with the company because I was not there for very very very long so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    Challenging job, but stretching abilities to make better employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Point Comfort, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Point Comfort, TX

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a good paying company with great benefits, fill like my department is growing and advancing but treated like family.

    Cons

    Dealing with union is difficult, because union members feel like the company owes them everything. Management says the right things but still have people in leadership that are of old school thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold employees accountable for their actions, if they screw up they should be held responsible. This should be for management as well as hourly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting, great people, but inconsistent

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

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The work is generally interesting, and there are some nice projects to be involved in. The co-workers are the best part of the job - there are some really great people working at Alcoa. There are some opportunities for additional training through the learning management system, if you can find the time for it. Alcoa is pretty flexible regarding things like taking kids to the doctor, and work well around those types of items.

    Cons

    There are a lot of policies. And policies about policies. The red tape is ever-growing to the point that it gets frustrating to try to do things directly within your job responsibilities, and the only benefit seems to be to those in middle-management who are required to create reports. Layoffs are always a concern, and you can expect to be asked to do more with less - and then asked the same again later. Senior management talks a good talk, but regularly policies don't reconcile with the values they claim to promote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure is good, but taking it too far values structure over the employees. Learn limits of your employees and try to avoid burn-out.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Market Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Large company, strong history, international footprint, growing downstream markets. Corporate functions provide exposure to senior management and potential growth opportunities. Good company with a good future.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in business unit personnel. Overhead and corporate functions are too big and provide little value to the business units. All directives come from the CEO and most business unit leaders IC seems to drive value destructive behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more data/fact driven decisions. Listen to business unit/subject matter experts and not corporate leaders who have little context to the realities of the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding but politics can be overwhelming

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Davenport, IA

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

    Pros

    Great value driven company with great people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very politicized management ranks and pockets of poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve talent management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has competitive pay, good benefits package and a friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    they preach a work/life balance at the same time asking you to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, they have a tendency to try to integrate themselves into your life (stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, join a gym), it is great that the company endorses good health, but shoving it down an employees throat is not condusvice to a good working relationship. When people leave the company, they are generally not replaced, the work load is spread over the people who are left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategic hiring in key areas to help reduce the workload on people already overburdened with work, enforce a comp. day program for those that work more than 50 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term strategy wins versus long range planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Great salary, especially for new employees.
    -There are a handful of standardized and programmatic development programs to develop yourself.

    Cons

    Incredible stress at higher level leadership positions often required long days every day. Unbelievably high turnover at the facility at which I was working continued to add to stress. Lack of resources in groups already stretched thin led to stressful days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promises previously made to employees, and don't continue to keep making short term decisions that adversely affect the long term vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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