Alcoa
3.1 of 5 173 reviews
www.alcoa.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Alcoa Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.1 173 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

(94 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
173 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive")"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive)"
    in 9 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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    Overall positive experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place for those with interest in manufacturing.

    ConsPolitical organization but with pockets of very good people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAim for more unilateral orginazation. Less politics.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsGood company, good compensation and benfits.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company that could use some upgrades

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIntern program very good with lots of visibility to management. Some new skills will be learned, you get to interact with everyone.

    ConsHR is so slow, expect months to get hired. Structure is very flat, you will not be promoted except from junior to normal to senior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake advice from anyone, there are areas where more money can be made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Great learning experiance

    Global Sourcing Manager (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsPeople who work there are great! Great pay, well respected company in the area.

    ConsForced ranking was not a good idea. Senior Level Management forgot to manage people. Work Life balance non existant

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlcoa values should be lived, not just talked about. Get rid of forced ranking system

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working in company finance

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Newburgh, IN

    ProsVery supportive, willing to help with learning curves.

    ConsToo many layers of management at the corporate level. Creating multiple reports asking for the same information only in there personal report.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCombine some the reports sent down to the location.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Alcoa is killing people

    Common Factory Worker (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    Prosgood paid fair benefits all about safety

    Consoverworked, not enough hours in the day, got to wear 10 different hats, worried about p&l

    Advice to Senior Managementthink about the people on front line who are doing the hard labor to makr this company a sucess

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood assignments, mentors were helpful and he's meaningful projects. Interaction with management was frequent. Provided very very very good safety training that kept us safe during the day

    ConsNone I don't have any cons with the company because I was not there for very very very long so

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    great values-based company, good growth opportunities A LOT of work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosincredibly interesting industry, great people - f you are willing to work hard, you get opportunities

    Consmost people do the jobs of 2-3 people

    Advice to Senior Managementimportant to prioritize rather than try to do everything at once

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    i am very happy to work for Alcoa. it has been a tremendous learning experience

    Cast House Associate (Current Employee)
    Chandler, AZ

    Prosthe people are great and very supportive. safety is always a focus on any job and every employee has the ability to stop if they feel the work is unsafe. recently there has been an overall improvement in equipment maintenance. this allows for more efficient productivity.

    Consthe only significant downside in the past has been a focus of production without maintenance. there has been times where upper management will choose to work equipment to failure instead of regular maintenance cycles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging job, but stretching abilities to make better employees

    Anonymous (Current Employee)
    Point Comfort, TX

    ProsIt is a good paying company with great benefits, fill like my department is growing and advancing but treated like family.

    ConsDealing with union is difficult, because union members feel like the company owes them everything. Management says the right things but still have people in leadership that are of old school thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold employees accountable for their actions, if they screw up they should be held responsible. This should be for management as well as hourly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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