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Alcoa Reviews in Davenport, IA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
204 Reviews
3.3
204 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great lifestyle - one of the few corporates that truly value work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive") (in 14 reviews)


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

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Great products. knowledgeable people and supervision. there is always something to learn and the pace is fast and exciting

    Cons

    The main issue I have is with compensation and salary grades. It takes awhile to build momentum and to get a lager salary compared to other companies of this caliber

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no real advice to management. It is a huge company and they obviously know what direction they are headed in. I would say it makes sense to continue to hire bright people and train them well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work seven days a week with only one weekend off a month

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros: Alcoa is a long standing leader in it's field with potentially global positions for salaried workers. Hourly is stuck at location.

    Alcoa is good at training new people for different positions and job tasks.

    The pay is good, not great or exceptional, but good.

    Cons

    Cons: Work schedule is horrible. Be prepared to surrender your life and soul. Work seven days straight and then they'll give you Tuesday and Wednesday off as your "weekend". Then wor another seven days straight. You can and will be forced to work 16 hour days. You will only get twelve real weekends off each year.

    They treat their lower management like slaves. They are encouraged to work twelve hour days and weekends, fired when they don't for "not having enough Alcoa spirit". Or just fired for nothing. I saw one guy fired for caring too much about an injured worker. Upper management dog-beats the frontline supervisors and that permeating despair rubs off on the hourly workers. You can't trust a company that eats it's own.

    Alcoa does not keep to it's promises. Company profits were up 30%, performance pay bonuses for the workers who broke production records dropped from 8% to 0.16%. Not encouraging at all.

    The tuition reimbursement they sell young people on? It's only available to ONLY the currently enlisted (no new people can be added to the program) and the budget is always "unknown". You will never get tuition money from Alcoa, they use it as a recruitment tactic, a bait, but it doesn't actually exist.

    Everyone is tired. I haven't seen my family in a long time. Vacation time is tiny. You'll be here for at least three years before you get two weeks off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can I have my weekends back? As a human decency thing that would be nice. You're causing massive burn out and killing the morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding but politics can be overwhelming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (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
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  5.  

    Stable company, higher waged employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Davenport, IA

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

    Pros

    Stable company that makes aluminum in forms of plate, sheets or coils used for numerous products. Biggest customers use our product for airplane, auto, boats, trains. So demand will always be there. Company isnt going anywhere. Higher waged employer with solid benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management doesnt free funds for fixing stuff, middle management is yes men to upper management, lower management has high turn over which leads to incompetency. With a push from production to do more.....management doesnt do more. Tension is building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a clue..... Build teams....support the teams....build better managers... spend dollars on the equipment we are forced to work with every day. Imagine the moral boost you would have if you followed through with fixing things. Build up Lead operators with training. Build lower management with training and job security.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Davenport, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Currenty expanding and adding new jobs, Pay is good though not fantastic, Well known and respected company

    Cons

    Hard to advance even with education/ claim to have education reimbursement but wil not approve any claims, The schedules are all different but mostly rotating 12 hour shifts. Nepotism and favortism is widespread. Robbng the R and M budget to finance failing overseas operations as a result very lttle predictive or preventive maintenance done. Withhold salaried pay increases an performance pay also to prop up failing segments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not overlook internal talent.
    When a program doesn't work it's ok to admit it and start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Alcoa as a company is an insidious dog-eat dog, clannish environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Operations in Bettendorf, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Upper Management theoreticallly likes to change things.

    Cons

    Whatever is preached by upper level management goes through hi-tech lynching by the power holders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out the in-breeding for an effective change

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Went from greta to very dissastified

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alscoa is a good place to start adavance and to increase your knowledge of manufacturing.

    Cons

    They tend to treat there Senior Management and experienced employees like crap and tend to let senior employee's go and replace with less experienced employees at cheaper pay rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat your employees with respect and hold onto your experience and well trained employees instead of trying to save a buck for cheaper wages. If Klaus had an idea of the way his Plant Managers were treating his people he would decide to make some changes of his own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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