Alcoa

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Alcoa Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
217 Reviews
3.3
217 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good compensation, reasonable working hours, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Little vacation time, few growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alcoa management does not like to receive advice. I'll skip this one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay overall with good starting salary and management visibility

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

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

    Pros

    Starting salary and types of people hired. Good people.

    Cons

    Tough work environment with many union plants. Not the best work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current CEO is a little sketchy but seams to have the stock rising.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Alcoa

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great vibe
    exposure to upper level management

    Cons

    Old school manufacturing company
    not very high salaries

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  5.  

    Great work environment!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eastman, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eastman, GA

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, good management, good pay and benefits. I've enjoyed working at Alcoa and plan to stay for a very long time.

    Cons

    Offer more advancement and learning opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work with great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of good people who are always willing to help. Fair pay. A very solid overall work enviroment.

    Cons

    It is difficult to advance is the only real flaw in Tennessee Operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    operator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in LaPorte, IN
    Current Employee - Operator in LaPorte, IN

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    An exciting stable company, who strives to grow there employees as much as the business.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Ever changing environment. Endless learning and growth opportunity. Rewarding work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and support your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    OK, but could be better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are good here. They work hard and believe in their product.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. Stressful environment. Too much checking the box instead of value-added work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some levels out and add resources closest to the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great placee with a strong culture, making products that benefit everyday life

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

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    interesting to work in a company making products essential to so many things.

    Cons

    a large company, and sometime will be lost

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people built on a strong culture, making products that benefit everyday life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. The company is focused on driving change in our industry which is a lot more interesting than just reacting to change. A lot of very smart and down to earth people. It is interesting to work for a company that makes products that are essential to so many things.

    Cons

    It is a very large company and there is a risk of getting lost in the shuffle. At times the work life balance can be very hard charging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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