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Alcoa Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.0 175 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

(94 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Friendship based success

    Human Resources (Former Employee)

    ProsVery safety conscious. Stable company.

    ConsAlcoa 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 Senior ManagementAppreciate the hardworking employees and promote based on performance. Set realistic expectations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood 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

    ConsNone I don't have any cons with the company because I was not there for very very very long so

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Challenging job, but stretching abilities to make better employees

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Point Comfort, TX

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting, great people, but inconsistent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge 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.

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding but politics can be overwhelming

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsGreat value driven company with great people. Great benefits.

    ConsVery politicized management ranks and pockets of poor leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove talent management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No Work/Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Consthey 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 Senior ManagementStrategic 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Short term strategy wins versus long range planning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Semi-Annual Layoffs

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsThere were a lot of advancement opportunities (not sure if there still is), the people are good and seem to care about one another

    ConsPolitical, very slow to change, layoffs every 6 months, tend to keep the non-performers because someone likes them, knee jerk reactions

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook further into the future, not just into the next quarter

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable work environment, but very stressful

    Crew Leader (Current Employee) Newburgh, IN

    ProsAlcoa has a strong history in the community. A lot of good people working here, working extra hard all the time.

    ConsUse to be a top payer, but now pay is less competitive. All levels of workers are over worked, over stressed, low people appreciation. Alcoa Business Systems requirements, safety requirements, Production requirements...one person doing the work of many is common. No work life balance. Union runs the place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp all levels of management to develop people focus. Support Crew leaders who hold their workers accountable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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