Alcoa Reviews in Cleveland, OH

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
182 Reviews

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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company, good compensation and benfits.

    Cons

    Worst, worst, did I say THE WORST Management, local and corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your management on a local and plant level in Cleveland and please remove non-producers. Those who ride the coattails of their subordinates without reward or recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Alcoa is killing people

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    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Semi-Annual Layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look further into the future, not just into the next quarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Skill Tradesmen  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Skill Tradesmen in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for college grads

    Cons

    Technology is catching up to the 50+ year old equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to spend money to make money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    High Demands and High Rewards

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for expanded roles and advancement.

    Cons

    Culture is shifting to more of a short term financial focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going with Operational Accountability, but remember that sustainability should be kept in mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like wasting your time, then work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Salary, most co-workers are friendly, Health benefits are great

    Cons

    If you like wasting your time, then work here. It takes forever to get anything done as there is a massive papertrail. You cannot buy anything without 10 different people approving first. And if you have a breakdown, you need approval before you can get a part of out the warehouse. Then you get questioned on why it took so long to fix the problem. They keep reducing people (contractors, hourly, salary) in order to cut costs. No one is backfilling the old duties and everyone is getting over worked. They have unrealistic expectations that each person is going to have the next greatest idea to save millions of dollars. And demand that each person implements and tracks 2 of their ideas in a computer system. All they look at is costs, would rather not spend to save than to spend and save in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are putting too much pressure on every employee. Major reorganization needs to happen. Instead of adding layers of upper management that do nothing, restructure at the lower levels. I have never worked somewhere so disfunctional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alcoa is basically a good place to work.

    Former Employee - Supply Planner  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, opportunities to move up. A lot of good middle managers

    Cons

    Good old boys, antiquated heavy manufacturing type mentality/culture. Lot of back stabbers there.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Wonderful with a nice environment and great co-workers

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone works as a team and it is easy to find solutions to common problems from co-workers

    Cons

    Word gets around quickly if you mess up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Very Satisfying

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Vacation, Employee relations

    Cons

    Limited Promotions,Pay performance, Recognition, Raises,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay Performance structured within attainable limits.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to create a healthy work environment

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, the product is excellent and safety is important. You must negotiate for a good salary because the raises are small but the performance bonus can be very good.

    Cons

    Alcoa is a company that has businesses everywhere so you would think that it would be easy to find another job in another location but the HR department is so poorly structured that to move from one location to another is difficult. HR is only concerns with dealing with grievances and complaints.

    At our location there are many from the hourly that have to work twelve hour shifts with mandatory overtime. The salaries are expected to work overtime without compensation. Once you had up those hours your salary does not look so high. It is a good deal for Alcoa who does not need to pay taxes on that free labor.

    Our business was reorganized and our sales management team was completely ousted, people who truly understood our business (aerospace forgings) were replaced by people who came in like carpetbaggers from extrusion. There was no transition just high jacking of key positions with fancy announcements.

    The headcount is reduced to the lowest possible level for the non-managerial group so it means that issues are slow to be resolved, employees are afraid to lose their jobs and don’t cooperate. It is a culture that breeds back stabbing and knowledge is not share. I would never recommend to people who like a healthy work environment to apply at Alcoa until they make major changes right at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop parading interns and quickly promoting them above your older more knowledgeable employee. Instead bring people in to learn the work alongside employees that can mentor them without fear of being replaced as happened in our office in two months. Ease people into retirement so that their knowledge is kept in house and they can train their replacement properly. Also take a look at equal pay for equal work, you are in violation. Your HR department is not doing its job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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