Alcoa Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
135 Ratings

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. Dollar trumps everything

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Many knowledgable and experienced professionals Opportunity to push your career and help the company succeed

    Cons

    Poor business decisions are made to improve month end, quarter end results Capital investment goals of the company are to spend as little as possible, facilities suffer

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending that DI and "productivity improvements" are real - I'm sure even Klaus knows it is a big made up game


  2. Review of Alcoa Inc.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Sales BU to work for, team was definitely in it to win it. Always looking for was to better the sales process.

    Cons

    So many process improvements needed to simplify day to day operations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the direction they were headed. On the right track.


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    great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    secure place to work with good benefits

    Cons

    having to work holidays and to be away from your family.


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  5. Aluminum Giant Struggling to Remain Competitive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above average salary and benefits. With few exceptions, employees are above average and really fine co-workers. Current endeavors to transform from a metals company to a innovative high-tech engineering company may be successful.

    Cons

    The epitome of unapologetic corporate greed. Perpetual cost-cutting measures are placed squarely on the backs of employees. Their stated "Corporate Values" are little more than lip-service. Well-concealed discrimination of older workers

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance is more than a catch phrase. Stop stepping over dollars to save a dime. Appreciate the value of older employees, while appreciating their needs are different those of younger employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay, benefits, advancement, job security

    Cons

    shifts, long hours, they don't tell you anything until the last minute,


  7. Factory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Easy work to do and learn

    Cons

    Same work over and over

    Advice to Management

    Work on the workflow


  8. Helpful (1)

    Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company investment in facility is very good

    Cons

    Big company, some bureaucracy issues with flow of request


  9. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees were great to work with.

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines including working on July 4th

    Advice to Management

    Be open and transparent with employees


  10. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    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


  11. EHS Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong standards in place so you are not starting from scratch..

    Cons

    Business leaders need respect EHS more rather than putting business needs ahead of safety and health.



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