Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company investment in facility is very good

    Cons

    Big company, some bureaucracy issues with flow of request


  2. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    -Open feedback culture -Interesting products used world wide

    Cons

    -Geographic locations of plants are not fun to live -Typical focus of bowing down to senior management


  3. operation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits package. High tech leaders on Aluminum aerospace

    Cons

    life balance. Atmosfere current Top Management does not care for employees.


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  5. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Massena, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Massena, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People, professionalism, safety, product, quality

    Cons

    none really it was good experience

    Advice to Management

    increase mentoring and management support


  6. Senior Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Alcoa (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Very professional systems and processes. Benchmark external, good internal communication among people. Company cares about people.

    Cons

    Very political and has some businesses that are not performing due to market movements.


  7. Howmet

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Account Manager/Product Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Plant Account Manager/Product Engineer in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Alcoa (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good processes and high technology.

    Cons

    Instability in the market and quick to adjust.


  8. Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    Very great experience while working there

    Cons

    High Turnover at manufacturing plants


  9. Awful communication

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

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

    Pros

    The non-executive people where great to work with.

    Cons

    The executives at this company where awful to work for. Felt like a glorified high school. Once you got to executive status they did not look out for non-executives. Communication was the worst I've ever seen at any company. Non-executives were being constantly laid off and there was no such thing as a work/life balanced. Absolutely no energy and felt like working at a morgue. No one knows (nor seems to care) about what people sitting right next to you do.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, communication, communication. Look out for the people that help make the company, not just the executive teams.


  10. Administration

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Global company with lots of resources and opportunities to advance in your career. The benefits are top of the line.

    Cons

    Too many hours required & often short staffed in key support ateas.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees who work hard and reward them for their contributions.


  11. 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.



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