Alcoa Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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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. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Best Employer I've experienced.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. aluminum

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,lots of overtime,good supervision

    Cons

    procurement and parts system bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    procurement overhaul

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Probably the best company I have ever worked for.

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    • 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
  7. This was a terrible place to intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - EHS Intern in Alcoa, TN
    Former Intern - EHS Intern in Alcoa, TN

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

    Pros

    The salary was good. Also, Alcoa paid for living and relocation expenses. There weer really no other pros.

    Cons

    Alcoa was shady. Corporate told me they wanted to hire me for a full time job at the end of my internship and then would not even respond to my emails after. The specific location I was at had me doing data entry work for about 90% of the time and real work for about 10% of my time. They put my work station at a table isolated behind some file cabinets. I would go days without contact with other employees. I felt like an overpaid data-input monkey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire interns unless you actually have work for them to do. Also, be open and upfront with them about a futre at the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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