Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
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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. 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.


  2. Union Worker

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits as well.

    Cons

    The people need supervisors. The 12 hours are ok sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more educated as well.


  3. inspector lll

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  6. BCS NA will suck the life out of you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, etc. Some really good people at our location. Coworkers that pour their lives into their work.

    Cons

    Top management doesn't realize how hard we really work to attempt to meet outrageous goals. EHS now has delegated out all of his asats to random people that have no idea what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Theus Rowell needs to understand that his management style is not sustainable.


  7. Quality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Corporate style.
    Organized process.
    Clean facility.

    Cons

    Upper manager only care about numbers HQ request to meet customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Customer satisfaction should be as important as everything else.


  8. Summer 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. Business is set up to be positioned very good for the foreseeable future. Tremendous upside in looking forward at ALCOAs acquisitions and business development in the Aerospace suppliers market, and the Automotive industry .

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career advancement. Poor work life balance. A feeling of only being a number is present.


  9. Clerical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, NJ

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    One time the company care about you.

    Cons

    Not trust worthy with employees

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  10. Contract Worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contractor in Maryville, TN
    Current Employee - Contractor in Maryville, TN

    I have been working at Alcoa (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work around, flexible with schedule, great benefits

    Cons

    There really aren't any. Everyone was really great to me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  11. My Alcoa Career

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

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Is a stable company.
    Has diverse product and process lines.
    There are many choices for work locations.
    Has a strong emphasis on safety.
    Some people are chosen to have opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Very impersonal. When Alcoa purchased the company I worked for, all teams were eliminated and replaced with vertical hierarchies that made employees compete against each other for promotions or positive performance reviews.
    Most people have no professional development. Only very select individuals are allowed to publish, attend conferences, or openly communicate outside of the company.
    In general, management shares company news or changes only after they appear in a press release. Normally hear any company news by grape vine.
    They have replaced their good benefits and pension program with "competitive" ones.

    Advice to Management

    Alcoa management listens to no advice.



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