Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
33 Ratings

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. Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company investment in facility is very good

    Cons

    Big company, some bureaucracy issues with flow of request


  2. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    -Open feedback culture -Interesting products used world wide

    Cons

    -Geographic locations of plants are not fun to live -Typical focus of bowing down to senior management


  3. operation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits package. High tech leaders on Aluminum aerospace

    Cons

    life balance. Atmosfere current Top Management does not care for employees.


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  5. Senior Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Alcoa (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Very professional systems and processes. Benchmark external, good internal communication among people. Company cares about people.

    Cons

    Very political and has some businesses that are not performing due to market movements.


  6. Howmet

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Account Manager/Product Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Plant Account Manager/Product Engineer in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Alcoa (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good processes and high technology.

    Cons

    Instability in the market and quick to adjust.


  7. Worth It

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful building right on the North Shore with excellent views of the city. Pay is good for the Pittsburgh area.

    Cons

    Big corporate mindset can feel like a small cog sometimes.


  8. inspector lll

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector Lll in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Inspector Lll in City of Industry, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company ,good benefits nice environment

    Cons

    Poor planing lately which has cause holidays taken away which is family time to stay and work

    Advice to Management

    More communication with their employees to make sure the parts go out to the customers on time with the quality they're expecting.


  9. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very immersive experience opportunity with the plant. The safety culture is the most well established I've seen among a number of different similar sized companies. Great engineers and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Some of the upper level management can be very political.


  10. Marketing Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, good work, life balance, fair compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Long commute, no work from home opportunities, no profit sharing

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement a flex-time schedule to accommodate employee needs


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    Senior Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Job was not very difficult to perform. Mechanical background is a plus to those that are interested.

    Cons

    Shift work was difficult to get used to. Not much room for growth in this position.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the growth opportunity for employees. Will allow them to become more engaged in their current position.



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