Alcoa Reviews in Cleveland, OH

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
191 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive") (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 11 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (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.  

    Less than enjoyable start to a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Large international company - many locations and business units, strong history and brand, some exposure to executives in corporate roles, opportunities are available (if willing to take only opportunities that benefit the company), opportunities to learn if you choose to take it upon yourself, many contacts available across company

    Cons

    Very political, extremely bureaucratic and close door-ed, will block employee movement within company if BU or plant desires to keep employee in current role, zero talent development, little regard for growth opportunity desires of employees, managers regularly put employees down if bad performance occurs, awful work life balance, extreme expectations on performance causing a stressful work environment, very little recognition of good performance, regularly ask employees to shoulder more responsibilities without compensation if company restructures office or decides not to back-fill a vacant position, management always adds more to plate of employees without taking anything away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Work-life balance is a must for engaged employees. There is only so much time in a day. A few hour turn-around is not reasonable on some requests. Do not expect employees to work late evenings and weekends just because you feel like asking them to get so much done. Talk to employees about what works and what doesn't. Listen when concerns are brought up. Acknowledge the successes of your teams and the Spend WAY WAY WAY more time developing talent. Allow locations to submit realistic forecast expectations and do not topside and punish employees when can't make unreasonable forecast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Alcoa is killing people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Semi-Annual Layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Skill Tradesmen in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Skill Tradesmen in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (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
  7.  

    High Demands and High Rewards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (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
  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 (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. 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 (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
  10.  

    Wonderful with a nice environment and great co-workers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern (less than an 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
  11.  

    Very Satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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