Alcoa Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
191 Reviews
3.2
191 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
102 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive") (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 11 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great R&D center, plenty going on. There were tours of the buildings and workshops. They treated their interns really well, and they had plenty of programs and outings to encourage interaction.

    Cons

    They were sometimes a little too disconnected from the real world. The salaries offered for full time positions were not exactly competitive.

  2.  

    Treats employees like family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Carson, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great to work with and policies are great for salary workers, i don't know about hourly. Overall good company

    Cons

    Yes it is a great place to work in due to the fact that they make you feel like family but pay is extremely low for engineers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, smart people. Very supportive culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong company values. Great career opportunities. Fantastic people.

    Cons

    No real cons - this is a great company and very underrated as a place to work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, great people, good to the community, but can sometimes place politics before retaining talent.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance, good people, upstanding company, good to the community, good health care and benefits

    Cons

    old school work politics, more focused on keeping people happy than making tough decisions about personnel, could reward young talent better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever ties with complacent long-time workers who just come in for a paycheck and focus on rewarding those who give it their all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Alcoa GSM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities, decent pay, low cost of living in Pittsburgh

    Cons

    Confused leadership, too many of bean counters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to support your Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady Pay, Good Benefits, Good Co-Workers

    Cons

    Management is "Top Down" , too many Bosses, not enough workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Less than enjoyable start to a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large international company - many locations and business units, strong history and brand, some exposure to executives in corporate roles, opportunities are available (if willing to take only opportunities that benefit the company), opportunities to learn if you choose to take it upon yourself, many contacts available across company

    Cons

    Very political, extremely bureaucratic and close door-ed, will block employee movement within company if BU or plant desires to keep employee in current role, zero talent development, little regard for growth opportunity desires of employees, managers regularly put employees down if bad performance occurs, awful work life balance, extreme expectations on performance causing a stressful work environment, very little recognition of good performance, regularly ask employees to shoulder more responsibilities without compensation if company restructures office or decides not to back-fill a vacant position, management always adds more to plate of employees without taking anything away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Work-life balance is a must for engaged employees. There is only so much time in a day. A few hour turn-around is not reasonable on some requests. Do not expect employees to work late evenings and weekends just because you feel like asking them to get so much done. Talk to employees about what works and what doesn't. Listen when concerns are brought up. Acknowledge the successes of your teams and the Spend WAY WAY WAY more time developing talent. Allow locations to submit realistic forecast expectations and do not topside and punish employees when can't make unreasonable forecast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very traditional company

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good values and commitments to the community. Good place to gain technical skills.

    Cons

    LImited advancement opportunities, very political, very average business models. Most products sold are commoditized which means they have a poor margin. Very challenging business to run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Old, traditional managers often create a stagnant, traditional work environment that cascades through the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It's fine

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa is a fine place to work.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could have been a great place to work but it wasn't.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Branford, CT

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits at Alcoa were great. I had 401k and great medical insurance. I also received a sign on bonus.

    Cons

    Management was a terror to deal with. They were all very long time employees and not interested in any employee satisfaction. Training was almost mom existent. Human resources was a disaster. It was so confidential that I was pulled into a meeting the next day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was in it all for themselves. Zero regard for employee concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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