Alcoa Reviews

Updated April 28, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
126 Ratings

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. Temp Financial Analyst

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    Former Contractor - Temp Financial Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Former Contractor - Temp Financial Analyst in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, great learning experience

    Cons

    Poor onsite benefits for employees (no coffee, inadequate break room supplies)

  2. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great products and strong aerospace fastener history

    Cons

    Leadership integrity. Site managers lack of operational knowledge and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your values and your managers accountable for their actions and behavior.

  3. Senior Project Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, laid back
    Many high-level intelligent people

    Cons

    360 feedback with accompanying politics and backstabbing
    Too much management-1 in 5
    Layoffs
    Few processes or procedures

    Advice to Management

    Flatten out management pyramid
    Combine director positions
    Incorporate processes and procedures

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  5. Mechanical Reliability Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities are endless at Alcoa!

    Cons

    Work life balance is not the greatest.

  6. Great company to work for with very friendly people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    Very self driven while working on projects but plenty of discussion at the same time.

    Cons

    Have to be their bright and early every day. Not a big deal in all honesty.

  7. Good place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people committed to excellence and safety. No matter where I travel in the company, I'm always impressed by the capabilities and commitment of the employees from the shop floor to the middle managers. Lots of opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Like most big organizations, too many cumbersome administrative systems, lots of approvals needed to do anything so not very nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to live in the shoes of those they manage. Managers are much too insulated to understand the pain that their employees live every day.

  8. Great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for, focused on career advancement, and developing it's younger professionals. Great company to jump in to straight out of college.

    Cons

    You keep pretty busy, Alcoa is not wanting to hire very many people in the staff level so your responsibilities will continue to rise.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and a well traveled bridge of communication go a long way. I believe management overall does a good job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good experience, good chance to learn about finance in a big business

    Cons

    Boss wasn't around, didn't give any work to interns. We were left on our own a lot

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of interns

  10. Best Employer I've experienced.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of overtime. Competitive Wages. Knowledgeable staff/workers assigned for training and work. professional attitude from supervisors. I've grown so much from the training I've received here. treated with respect.

    Cons

    Building one, During rain becomes soaked near welders station a feeling of danger looms. They're to close to Electrical panels with high voltage machines. Possible Arc explosion there.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to Welders and Maintainance personal for safety concerns in building one.

  11. aluminum

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits,lots of overtime,good supervision

    Cons

    procurement and parts system bad

    Advice to Management

    procurement overhaul

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