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
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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 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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  1.  

    Great company, smart people. Very supportive culture.

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    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
  2.  

    This company is awesome to work.

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting with many technical advancements in the industry based marketing.

    Cons

    Currently I am working as a residential sales engineer. So work life balance is little tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great team environment - wonderful colleagues

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I learned so much and progressed in my career with help from engaged managers. The standards and processes are based on the Alcoa Business System (ABS) - a quality system derived from Toyota's model. The company is an old one, but remains on the leading edge of processes and technology. There are a lot of projects going on and the business units are very engaged in the projects. There are a lot of opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    You can get stuck if you don't manage your career, especially if your manager isn't helping you. Be sure to reach out to colleagues and mentors to keep your career moving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn good responsibilities

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Utility Worker in LaPorte, IN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Utility Worker in LaPorte, IN

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

    Pros

    Pay, bonuses and benefits where really great.
    Work environment was very friendly
    Training was great as well.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about them, I think there a very good company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    i am very happy to work for Alcoa. it has been a tremendous learning experience

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    Current Employee - Cast House Associate in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Cast House Associate in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    the people are great and very supportive. safety is always a focus on any job and every employee has the ability to stop if they feel the work is unsafe. recently there has been an overall improvement in equipment maintenance. this allows for more efficient productivity.

    Cons

    the only significant downside in the past has been a focus of production without maintenance. there has been times where upper management will choose to work equipment to failure instead of regular maintenance cycles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Collaborative, Supportive, Rewarding Environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    - Great collaboration between teammates
    - Ample opportunity for growth
    - Rewarding environment based on performance
    - Terrific benefit package
    - Very diverse organization
    - Active volunteers in the community

    Cons

    - The company has changed a lot over the past 20 years so long term employees tend to have a more negative attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue building culture, diversity, and growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Where is the credible advancement opportunity?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Very safety oriented and committed to quality.

    Cons

    Promotion within is difficult because of the "buddy" system. Many that are hired and/or promoted have no secondary education or experience. I know of a few workers with associates and bachelor's degrees that have tried to get positions, only to be passed over for a buddy of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the credible resources that are within. Let's eliminate the promotions based on unqualified buddy system. Education reimbursement/education assistance seems to be based on things other than drive and merit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    good experience for a young engineer

    Cons

    long days but expected with type of work

  10.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Engineering projects were prepared ahead of time and spanned multiple departments for a full Alcoa experience.

    Cons

    There weren't very many cons with this experience. The only issue is that i was not there long enough to see all the projects through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the intern program. It was a great experience

  11.  

    Great people, good values...

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people at Alcoa truly care about one another. The company has a good value statement and the culture lives up to it. Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common. Opportunities to move around globally exists within the company. Great 401K program, $ for $ matching up to 6% plus a 3% kicker for non-pensioned employees.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower end of competitive and the vacation policy is outdated (ie. 15 years to get 4 weeks).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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