Alcoa Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
122 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. Best Employer I've experienced.

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good internship

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    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. Probably the best company I have ever worked for.

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    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
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  5. Great experience in a dirty environment

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Goose Creek, SC

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

    Pros

    Good communication on all levels of management. Good time-off. Good leadership and training

    Cons

    A lack in project availability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA

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

    Pros

    The Working Environment
    The People
    The Salary

    Cons

    Nothing at all to report

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good compensation, reasonable working hours, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Little vacation time, few growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alcoa management does not like to receive advice. I'll skip this one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Alcoa

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great vibe
    exposure to upper level management

    Cons

    Old school manufacturing company
    not very high salaries

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to work with great people.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Alcoa as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are lots of good people who are always willing to help. Fair pay. A very solid overall work enviroment.

    Cons

    It is difficult to advance is the only real flaw in Tennessee Operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    operator

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    Current Employee - Operator in LaPorte, IN
    Current Employee - Operator in LaPorte, IN

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

    Pros

    great pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. An exciting stable company, who strives to grow there employees as much as the business.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Ever changing environment. Endless learning and growth opportunity. Rewarding work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and support your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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