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Alcoa Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
197 Reviews
3.3
197 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
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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 14 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.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Great products. knowledgeable people and supervision. there is always something to learn and the pace is fast and exciting

    Cons

    The main issue I have is with compensation and salary grades. It takes awhile to build momentum and to get a lager salary compared to other companies of this caliber

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no real advice to management. It is a huge company and they obviously know what direction they are headed in. I would say it makes sense to continue to hire bright people and train them well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to learn, advance and make a difference

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

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

    Pros

    I have never been bored a day in my job at Alcoa. This company and the industries that we touch are ever-changing and fascinating. There is a lot of opportunity for promotions, flexibility to join projects of interest even if they're outside your department, and the people who work at this company are genuinely respectful of different points of view. I've found that if you're smart, willing to work hard and open - the opportunities for management and job growth abound. This is truly a values-based company and I am proud to work for Alcoa, given our commitment to sustainability, excellence and innovation. Unlike other places I've worked, I find management at Alcoa to be open to ideas from all employees - your age, seniority or job title don't matter; if you have a good idea and want to get it done, you'll have support to make it happen.

    Cons

    As a global company, the hours can be long and travel is a part of some jobs. That said, traveling to our different operations makes me understand and respect the various businesses, so I think it is critical and most managers are flexible in terms of working from home from time to time to balance the long hours at other times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does an excellent job of communicating the future of the company to the employees at all levels. I feel very well informed. Salaries could be more competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Alcoa - great company, culture of safety, sustainability, integrity, and efficiency.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist

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

    Pros

    Alcoa provides a lot of opportunities for growth within the organization, and chances to stake on special projects and stretch goals. They offer competitive health and retirement benefits. There are a lot of very talented people that work there that are accessible.

    Cons

    Alcoa is pretty secretive about their compensation structure with makes long term career planning difficult. Also, culture can vary from department to department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A quiet work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office environment was very quiet, which I realize isn't for everyone, but it was good for me. The people I worked with were helpful and good to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing glaring for me. Would have preferred to become a full-time employee instead of a temp, but that didn't happen.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a company to feel a future with. I hope to see the business go overseas someday!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, training and work conditions. The yearly bonus plan was exceptional!

    Cons

    I felt like I had to have eyes behind my head. I was put on a three month probation where I was given tasks I was never challenged on before and only the sr. staff performed these tasks. During this time, I was not allowed to talk to my piers or ask questions for help. I was set up for failure. Instead of just laying me off, they wanted to fire me for a "cost savings" after 8 years of service. The suppliers were treated terribly and paid in 90 day batch payments. It was a joke to help them out because management would punish the employee for helping supplier obtain payment. The quarterly review program was a way of weeding out employees, even though they were doing a good job. I was told that I received below average rating is because somebody had to get it and they picked me - two times to put me in layoff status. I did not have the college degree as others, was older, had heart operation and not sr. opportunities to prove myself. The name of the game "King of the Mountain". Management was very rude and cold. I could not trust them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think people need to be appreciated and remembered by the credentials as to why Alcoa hired them on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, smart people. Very supportive culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    Alcoa GSM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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