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Alcoa Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
231 Reviews
3.3
231 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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.  

    Probably the best company I have ever worked for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Carson, CA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    They treat you with respect and actually listen to your feedback and input.

    Cons

    Very loose supervision, people tend to take advantage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work...unless you are a contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Point Comfort, TX
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Point Comfort, TX

    I worked at Alcoa as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back job
    Management is helpful and nice

    Cons

    NO benefits
    NO pay raises
    NO holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make admins Alcoa employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Alcoa, TN

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    For a huge company, I worked with a great set of people

    Cons

    Every now and then, as is normal for a big company, bureaucracy would interfere with good decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the entrepreneurs in your midst, and let them succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid work environment but not completely satisfying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great people on the teams - smart and engaging

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities, not alot of career movement

  6.  

    I am currently a Co-op Intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Experience, great at working with school schedules, a lot of different engineering fields in one. Good at working with a persons strengths as well as weaknesses.

    Cons

    A lot of grunt work. some work has nothing to do with engineering. seems like alcoa sees people as more of a number than actually people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a lot of negative attitudes. higher pay for interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unrealistic Expectations

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

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Excellent Health Care
    Provide resources and tools necessary to do your job
    Good compensation
    T-shirts and awards

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations on those that do the majority of the work. Upper management kept building more layers and pushing more work onto those below. Impossible to complete tasks in a timely manner. Every day was a new impossible task of the day to just be forgotten about the next day when something else was more important. Expectation of salary work force to come in on Saturdays for inventory counts. Expectation for salary work force to come in off shift to do safety walk through and have it not count as part of your 8 hour day. Expectation to complete a 15 page document for safety on every task.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Working Environment
    The People
    The Salary

    Cons

    Nothing at all to report

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company dependent on location.

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Its fantastic that safety is always top priority. As a salaried employee work-life balance is highly encouraged and supported. There are always opportunities to advance or gain knowledge that isn't specifically related to your current job function

    Cons

    It depends greatly on locations a lot of plants are in rural area, which tend to treat women and people of color poorly. While no one is particularly aggressive in plant, its clear that if you're not Caucasian male you have to work significantly harder for opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more sensitivity training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am a supervisor

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay with ok benefits... Bonus every three months is great... Shift premium for working 22 hr shifts..

    Cons

    Union facility which in this case is a con.. Can't get any work out of them.. I respect the Union for wages but not for lazy workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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